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10 08, 2019

Can We Evangelize While the Church is Bleeding?

By |2019-08-10T04:30:25+00:00August 10th, 2019|Theology|

By Marc Zarlengo Evangelization is not something that was pounded into me as a nominal, half-hearted (uncatechized) Catholic growing up in the 80s and 90s. In fact, I never thought about it. But as someone who has since reconverted to the faith and now attends both the Novus Ordo and traditional Latin Mass (TLM), I am confident that faithful Catholics of all stripes are facing one major common difficulty:  How do we evangelize in this current environment of discord and bleeding? It’s a real problem, and we need to deal with it. Our job according the Great Commission is to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them [...]

2 06, 2018

A Little Help from Pope St. Pius X

By |2018-08-04T02:59:04+00:00June 2nd, 2018|Events|

The following is an unpublished article by Neil McCaffrey II (d. 1994, seen above right) on the power of an encyclical by Pope St. Pius X (above left.)  I am good friends with Neil McCaffrey III, who kindly gave me copies of many of the treasures of his father's writings.  Below, you will find that most of the italicized words belong to  Pope St. Pius X.  Breathes there a beleaguered Catholic today who hasn’t had recourse to Pius X’s epochal encyclical on Modernism? Pascendi Gregis was issued in 1907 – and I suggest that there isn’t a papal document extant that is more contemporary, or more consoling. It is directed against the [...]

17 04, 2018

Why is the Protestant Bible Missing Several Books?

By |2018-04-17T01:20:44+00:00April 17th, 2018|Theology|

This is by Joel Peters.  It is taken from Twenty One Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura. One historical fact which proves extremely convenient for the Protestant is the fact that the canon of the Bible – the authoritative list of exactly which books are part of inspired Scripture – was not settled and fixed until the end of the 4th century. Until that time, there was much disagreement over which Biblical writings were considered inspired and Apostolic in origin. The Biblical canon varied from place to place: Some lists contained books that were later defined as non-canonical, while other lists failed to include books which were later defined as canonical. For [...]

23 01, 2018

St. Mary of Egypt

By |2018-01-23T17:19:24+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Theology|

The near-death-experience and conversion of Gloria Polo has been read and heard by millions, both in person and on many websites. In fact, I believe it to be the greatest account of God’s forgiveness and transformative mercy in any modern person's life. Here I’m sharing what I believe to be the greatest ancient account of God’s forgiveness and transformative mercy. It is about a female sex-addict become a canonized saint, St. Mary of Egypt, and it is my favorite short biography of any saint outside the Bible. The following events are promised to be true by its author, St. Zosima. His account takes place in the 4th century, in the deserts [...]

17 11, 2017

Fulton Sheen’s Little Heroine

By |2017-11-18T00:12:55+00:00November 17th, 2017|Theology|

The only person to reach more people for Christ on television than Billy Graham was a Catholic bishop named Archbishop Fulton Sheen from Illinois, later bishop in New York. Every Tuesday night, starting in the 1950s, up to 10 million Americans from all faiths tuned in to his TV Show, Life Is Worth Living. Not only Catholics, but many older Jewish people fondly remember tuning in to his Tuesday evening show about God. Venerable Fulton Sheen also traveled the world and raised millions of dollars for foreign missions in poor countries. He is credited with converting the following to the Catholic Faith: Agnostic writer Heywood Broun, politician Clare Boothe Luce, [...]

25 10, 2017

Carta Abierta a Un Sacerdote

By |2020-09-07T12:39:10+00:00October 25th, 2017|Theology|

Una pareja católica escribió una carta anónima a su pastor y a cada sacerdote.  Ellos asisten a la Missa de forma ordinaria en la zona oeste de los E.U.  Son buenos amigos míos desde hace 10 años.  Me pidieron que lo publique en mi blog.   Padre, Estoy muy agradecido que haya dedicado su vida a ser nuestro padre espiritual. Estoy agradecido por los regalos que nos ha puesto a disposición en los sacramentos. Sabemos que usted trabaja incansablemente para mantener todo equilibrado y funcionando sin problemas. Por eso estamos agradecidos. Debemos ser sinceros y divulgar nuestras preocupaciones y frustraciones: hemos escuchado más acerca de la comunidad LGBTQ y la aceptación [...]

24 10, 2017

Open Letter to a Priest

By |2018-07-13T02:14:55+00:00October 24th, 2017|Theology|

A Catholic married couple with children wrote an anonymous letter to their parish priest, to every priest. They attend the ordinary Mass in English out West. They have been good friends of mine for almost a decade, and they asked me to publish it here. Open Letter to our spiritual Fathers Dear Fr. ___________, I am so very thankful that you have given your life to be our spiritual father. I am grateful for the gifts you make available to us in the sacraments. We know you work tirelessly to keep everything balanced and running smoothly. For that, we are thankful.  But we have to be honest and share our [...]

19 10, 2016

Same Sex Attraction: Bearing the Beams of Love

By |2018-07-13T02:28:29+00:00October 19th, 2016|Theology|

I asked a close friend to write about his experience with same-sex attraction.   His life reflects a poem by William Blake: And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love, And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face. —The Little Black Boy Each of us has different set of beams of love to bear, so I'm sure that you'll find his life an inspiration.—Padre Peregrino By CJ: I am a child of a God. I am a traditional Roman Catholic. I am a traditional Roman Catholic, a child of God who has same-sex attraction. I have known that I was different since I was young. Ironically, [...]

5 08, 2016

Transfiguration and the Song of Songs

By |2016-10-19T05:10:16+00:00August 5th, 2016|Theology|

—Written by one of my spiritual directees who entered women's religious life. The Song of Songs illustrates the journey of the Bride, a journey toward love. A journey involves a process, a traveling toward something which one desires but has not yet attained. Highly susceptible to losing his way on a long journey, a pilgrim often encounters numerous and varied obstacles. The Bride in the Song of Songs is no exception. One’s first outlook on the Song of Songs may circulate around the book as brimming over with vibrant images and profound expressions between two lovers. Although this description definitely defines the Song of Songs, it does not include every [...]

18 11, 2015

Testimonio De Gloria Polo

By |2020-09-07T12:45:58+00:00November 18th, 2015|Español|

La Dra. Gloria Polo y su sobrino se apresuraban bajo la lluvia compartiendo un pequeño paraguas.... De repente les cae un rayo. "Nos dejó carbonizados; mi sobrino fallece allí". A ella le destruye el cuerpo... "Me quema de forma espantosa todo mi cuerpo, por fuera y por dentro. Esto que ven aquí, este cuerpo reconstruido, es misericordia de nuestro Señor. (El rayo) me carboniza, me deja sin senos, prácticamente se me desaparece toda mi carne y mis costillas; el vientre, las piernas... sale el rayo por el pie derecho, se me carboniza el hígado, se me queman los riñones, los pulmones". Según su testimonio, ella era una mujer dominada por [...]

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