2405, 2022

A Holy Rivalry

By |May 24th, 2022|

And the angel being come in, said unto her: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women."  Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself, "What manner of salutation this should be?"—St. Luke 1:28-29 I have wondered for awhile why Mary was "troubled" at the announcement of the angel Gabriel.  The Carmelite book Divine Intimacy had a meditation yesterday which answers that question with a quote from St. Alphonsus Liguori: "Mary was troubled because she was filled with humility, disliked praise, and desired that God only be praised." Another quote from Divine Intimacy comes from St. Bernard on the topic of [...]

2105, 2022

St. Augustine and the Drunk

By |May 21st, 2022|

Most people who recount the conversion of St. Augustine highlight his former life of sexual sin, and for good reason.  But he also had to undergo an enormous detachment from the admiration of the men of his age.   Before his conversion, Augustine was the 4th century equivalent of a tenured-professor at a prestigious University in Milan.  One day, while walking along, he came across a rather happy-drunk.  Unlike the modern tenured-professor who might ask shallow, self-righteous ethical questions (eg Why are there homeless people?  Why is he drunk?) Augustine ponders in Book VI of his Confessions as to why this drunk had attained some happiness and he had not: I [...]

1705, 2022

If Evolution is True, Abortion is Only Survival of the Fittest

By |May 17th, 2022|

I am surprised how many modernist Catholics claim to be both "pro-life" and "pro-evolution." They hardly realize the contradiction involved here. Perhaps they believe both stances are "pro-science," but they would only be half correct. Of course, you don't need Catholicism (only common sense) to know it's wrong to kill a baby in the uterus. Neonatology and advances in genetics have made this reality even more undeniable. But again, how can so many Catholics believe they are marrying faith and reason in accepting Darwinian evolution?  Such Catholics must be stuck in the minds of the liberal hierarchy of the past 50 years because countless scientists (both Christian and atheistic) have [...]

1305, 2022

“Not in Our Name.”

By |May 13th, 2022|

This is reprinted with permission of LifeSite News. You will see my signature at the bottom. A group of U.S. intellectuals – journalists, political advisers, and scholars – have signed an open letter to President Joe Biden (see full text below), pleading with him to reject policies which lead to an “intensification of conflict with Russia” and which “could lead to the deaths of millions of innocent people.” The open letter, entitled Not in our name, cites Biden’s recent request to the U.S. Congress for $33 billion in taxpayer funds to support Ukraine militarily in its conflict with Russia. “We reject your heightened escalation of this conflict as dangerous and a [...]

1005, 2022

The SSPX is Not Schismatic

By |May 10th, 2022|

Although canonically-irregular, the SSPX (Society of Pope St. Pius X) founded by Archbishop Lefebvre (above picture) in the 1970s, is not schismatic.  In traditional papal encyclicals, a "schismatic community" is a Christian community adhering to valid sacraments but without recognizing the primacy of place of Rome or the importance of the papacy.  An example of this would be the Eastern Orthodox:  The Eastern Orthodox have valid sacraments, but many do not realize the primacy of place of Rome (or believe it was transferred due to error a thousand years ago.)  In any case, the SSPX has always recognized the papacy and the primacy of Rome.  The reciprocal is also true, [...]

505, 2022

Pro-Aborts Deface a Catholic Church in Colorado

By |May 5th, 2022|

Shortly following the so-called "leak" that the Supreme Court of the United States may vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade (the non-law saying it was "legal" to kill unborn children from 1973) a group of vandals defaced Sacred Heart of Mary (Boulder County, CO above in featured image) with pro-abortion and anti-Catholic phrases. The news of the possible re-vote and the vandalism both took place in the first week of May 2022. Yesterday, I called the pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary and I was moved that he had such a view of the triumph (not defeat) of the cross in all of these events. After we spoke on the [...]

305, 2022

A Common Misunderstanding Of Trafficking

By |May 3rd, 2022|

When I tell people that I have given spiritual direction to organizations working for the restoration of child sex-slaves and even have friends associated with those on the front lines of international rescue using automatic weapons, the most common response I get is: "Oh, you see, my city has the highest rate of child trafficking because this interstate runs through it!"  This response is getting really tiresome.  Firstly, these can't all be true considering how many people have told me about "their city" and "that interstate." Secondly, this response shows that most people think child sex-trafficking has mostly to do with moving children around for single-time events (like the Super [...]

3004, 2022

“All Human Conflict is Ultimately Theological.”—Cardinal Manning

By |April 30th, 2022|

Michael Knowles frequently quotes the 19th century British Cardinal Manning who said "All human conflict is ultimately theological."  I had an experience of this yesterday afternoon.  I put up the following Tweet... ...and then countless leftists piled on me with unspeakably filthy reply Tweets.  Although I recently blogged here about how we on the right are all too quick to say any of our enemies are "possessed," many of the replies were so dark that I had to come to the conclusion that they were not coming from "bots" but from real people who are highly obsessed or even possessed by demons.  But what does this have to do with [...]

2804, 2022

When One Island Converted the Other (and Vice Versa)

By |April 28th, 2022|

St. Patrick was a Celt of Roman Briton (possibly Wales?) and was taken as a slave to Ireland by the Irish themselves.  As a young man, he then escaped Ireland and returned to the land of his birth.  But after a small conversion on a moral matter, he gave his entire life to Christ, was ordained a priest (and later a bishop) and then he returned to his land of slavery to convert them.  St. Patrick nearly-singlehandedly converted the entire Island of Eire to Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. Very early on in the history of Christianity in the UK, the UK still needed a huge conversion.  Up until [...]

2604, 2022

Beginning Evangelization: Brown Scapulars or Miraculous Medals?

By |April 26th, 2022|

Happy Easter, Christ is Risen!  Please be aware that the email-notification app on this blog no longer works, so you'll just have to check this front-page Theology Section and the Life Updates every week.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe to all my talks and videos at Padre Peregrino on Rumble. The Miraculous Medal (the silver necklace above on the chain) was engraved in the 19th century at the indication of St. Catherine of Laboure when the Mother of God asked these to be made.  God promises actual graces through Mary's hands to anyone who wears these.  Because these are actual graces, these graces can be received by even non-baptized souls. The Scapular [...]

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