Archives for September 2012

Always be nice!

When we remain silent in the face of evil, we are NOT being charitable. Charity is the manifestation of love and if we truly love another, ignoring objectively sinful behavior is not loving but enabling. Our silence is unavoidably a response in itself, a raising of no objection, the implicit sharing of a “like mind” and an apparent affirmation.

Elsewhere: the wealthy Christian

Remaining on the topic of wealth this week (see the wealthy Church from Tuesday), today’s topic is the wealthy Christian – or more precisely what some Christians teach to become prosperous. Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) […]

Elsewhere: the wealthy Church

One persistent attack against the Church is that she hordes extensive wealth for herself instead of distributing it to the poor. This is claimed to be proof of her corruption and hypocrisy. The facts are quite different than this narrative would suggest. The Catholic Church does indeed receive a lot of money from its billion […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #75)

This week: Abortion – one story. What do Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany have in common? Stories of some Catholic converts. A convention features Naval power. A Florida party official shares his insights on Christianity. Andrew Klavan looks at the president’s proposal for Middle East peace. A quote of the week. — […]

God’s Whisper

Have you ever just sat? Doing nothing, just sitting in a quiet place. Perhaps by yourself or even with others, but quietly, not talking, just sitting. Letting your mind wander, not really concentrating on anything or thinking of anything. If you have, I suspect that your thoughts turned to God at some point.

Baltimore Catechism: on the manner of making a good confession

Lesson 20 *224Q. What should we do on entering the confessional? A. On entering the confessional we should kneel, make the Sign of the Cross, and say to the priest: “Bless me, Father”; then add, “I confess to Almighty God, and to you, Father, that I have sinned.” *225Q. Which are the first things we […]

Elsewhere: dissident Catholics

What does it mean for someone to say that they are Catholic? Technically, anyone who was baptized or confirmed in the Church is Catholic and always will be. Technically. There are, of course, those who have “left the Church,” at least in their own minds. They implicitly or explicitly deny the authority of the Church, […]