Posts Tagged ‘Faith & Current Events’

What CATegory are you in? A Meditation on why the Lord “needs” our faith.

One of the main threads that ran through Sunday’s Gospel about the raising of Lazarus was faith, the need for faith and the Lord’s desire to draw others to a deeper faith. Jesus permits the illness and subsequent death of Lazarus, and even delays coming in order to increase their faith. He persistently questions both [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus and Christian Faith in the Public Square? Yes! And Proclaimed by a Military Band!

Maybe I’m just not listening to the news enough, but I haven’t heard a lot about the Christmas wars this year. These are the annual wars wherein a Christian seeks to put up some display of Christmas, be it a creche or Christmas tree, and soon various atheists or civil liberties groups lodge protests or [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Measuring Divorce Rates is More Difficult. But whatever the measure, Practicing Catholics Fare Better.

It would seem that figuring the divorce rate would be a rather simple thing. But like most sociological phenomena, there are many complicating factors (especially today when even simple definitions are breaking down). But however you measure divorce, it would seem that practicing Catholics fare far finer than any other group, believer or non-believer. I [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Sober and Serious on Syria. A Pastoral Teaching rooted in the Just War Teaching

One of the more common critiques that many Catholics make of their clergy is that they seldom hear from their pastors on moral topics in the news and our culture such as fornication, divorce, abortion, religious liberty, homosexuality, redefining marriage and so forth. Most recently the question of war and warfare have also been in [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Troubling Remarks From Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu Require Clarification

Recent remarks by the retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu are not surprising for an Anglican prelate these days, but remain disturbing. Briefly put, the Archbishop says he would rather go to hell than go to a “homophobic heaven.”  Here’s some more complete report page of his remarks, in yesterdays Washington Times. South Africa’s iconic retired [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience: A Consideration of the Church’s Role in the Public Square

In the Office of Readings today we read from 2 Corinthians 4 where St. Paul well describes the work of the Church in the Public square: Setting forth the truth plainly, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God (2 Cor 4:2). Not a bad description of our posture and practice [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Conquering Power of Praise – A Meditation on a Text From Second Chronicles

Last week in the Breviary we read the remarkable story of King Jehoshaphat and the victory of Israel against the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites (2 Chronicles 20). It is a story that speaks of the power of praise to defeat a numberless army. Simply singing a hymn of praise can cast out demons, avert war, [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Unplugged, but not Uninformed. Pondering How to Stay informed when so much of Media is poisonous.

Back during Lent I turned off the Radio, which for me consisted mainly of News and talk radio. I also switched off cable TV news. It was the aftermath of the last election cycle, and  all the franticness and severe partisan debate that talk radio and 24/7 news channels love to generate and I was [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Why “Religion” is a good word that we need to defend.

It is “chic” and, I would add, a “cliche” to hear many people say today, “I am spiritual but not religious.” There is a kind of self-congratulatory tone that often goes with this self description as well, and certainly a lot of cultural approval in the secular West for such dissociative talk. There is even [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Those who seek to eliminate faith for the sake of freedom, get only tyranny

On the Fourth of July, in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, and a government that is not representative; freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns. Distorted and faithless notions – Yet, as Christians we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that [...] Read the rest of this entry »

First Person Plural

It is a very brief word that begins the Lord’s prayer, “Our”, as in “Our Father.” Note that it is in the first person plural. Such a little insight, yet such a powerful one. We live in times that emphasize the first person singular: I, me, mine my rights, my opinion, my choice, my lifestyle, [...] Read the rest of this entry »

“I am the One Who fished you out of the mud, Now come over here and listen to me.” A Meditation on the Fear of the Lord.

Perhaps it will be of help to develop a theme set forth in the Gospel this past Sunday. The Lord Jesus at one point rebukes the devil and says, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Lk 4:8) Jesus is tapping into the Old Testament [...] Read the rest of this entry »