29 03, 2020

Shipwreck of this World

By |2020-03-29T18:28:12+00:00March 29th, 2020|Theology|

Lauds in the old Divine Office of today, the first Sunday in Passiontide, says we life in a "shipwreck of a world" (mundo náufrago) here on earth.  This seems like a very negative world view to the modern Christian who is repeatedly taught that God wants him happy on earth. There is some truth to that (that God wants us happy on earth) but the old Irish-Catholic worldview was that our pilgrimage on earth was actually escape from a wretched "shipwreck" to just get to heaven.  People nowadays liken this worldview to Jansenism.  But I'm going to propose in this blog post that putting the emphasis on original sin in [...]

25 03, 2020

What if Catholics Avoided Pornovirus Like Coronavirus?

By |2020-04-22T16:20:38+00:00March 25th, 2020|Theology|

Every Catholic—lay and cleric—would spend months talking about nothing except how to end the pornography problem among Catholics and worldwide. The mortal sin of pornography would be avoided as vigilantly as plague-stricken hospitals, especially if access to priests were limited. Catholics would wear modest clothes to Mass at least as much as masks are currently worn to Wal-Mart. Priests and biological fathers who make concessions out of laziness to the danger-at-hand would be held morally culpable for endangering more than just their own parish or family. Bishops would shut down the indiscriminate approach to Holy Communion  until every man was porn-free and every woman was birth-control free. Every diocese would [...]

23 03, 2020

Catholic Clinicians Speak On COVID-19

By |2020-03-23T07:03:14+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

On tonight's podcast, I am joined by a nurse working in an ICU treating many coronavirus patients and a physician  elsewhere who probably has coronavirus himself.  We put into layman's terms COVID-19's common symptoms and treatments.  Dr. Matt mentions the dashboard map of Johns Hopkins University.

20 03, 2020

Is It Ever Permitted to Lie to Your Children?

By |2020-03-20T20:00:17+00:00March 20th, 2020|Theology|

What is the cost of lies? It's not that we'll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.—Chernobyl, TV series. Most people today will lie if necessary. If you ask them why they lie, it seems that most people believe that all will be forgiven at the end of time, especially if they are lying "for a good reason." Now, most of these people remember their Ethics 101 that teaches, The end does not justify the means. "This is a nice philosophy," they say, "but when the rubber meets the road of my life, I [...]

19 03, 2020

A Catholic Rule-of-Life For COVID-19

By |2020-08-24T02:25:13+00:00March 19th, 2020|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Whether you think COVID is media hype or a real danger, you'll gain some real practical advice on how to slow down as a Catholic living for Christ in 2020 on this podcast.  Please keep praying for Huma. “The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”—Oswald Chambers.

14 03, 2020

How Should I Spend My Sundays when Public Masses Are Canceled?

By |2020-04-22T16:12:11+00:00March 14th, 2020|Theology|

Part I: Why the Cancelation of Masses due to COVID-19 is probably a good thing. (If Church history does not interest you, feel free to skip to Part II: How Should I Spend My Sunday when Public Masses Are Canceled?) Many bishops in the world have canceled Sunday Masses for several consecutive weeks due to fear over coronavirus (COVID-19.) You might be surprised to read that I actually agree with their decision on this. First, epidemiologically, COVID has the potential to grow big and rapidly in its reach. Even if COVID stayed small in the amount of infections, many people over 50 years old would be placing themselves in harm’s [...]

13 03, 2020

St. Mary of Egypt (Audio Version)

By |2024-03-17T20:58:13+00:00March 13th, 2020|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

St. Mary of Egypt went from sex-addict to canonized saint in the fourth century. Tonight's podcast is the verbatim account of another 4th century saint describing her life in 40 minutes. His full written account of St. Mary of Egypt can be found on my blog, here. Thanks also to Fairuz' Good Friday Lebanese Catholic song “Kamat Mariyam” as the music bumpers found here.

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