Here’s a simple straightforward question. Is belief in God necessary or not necessary to be moral and have good values? What do you think?
Well, here’s a look at what Americans told Pew Research when they were asked the identical question a month or so ago. Fifty-six percent said belief in God was not necessary to be moral and have good values. Forty-two percent said, yes, belief in God is necessary. Can’t say those findings come as any kind of surprise, really.read more
Here we are now, exactly 100 years to the day since the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, where the Mother of God performed said miracle to underscore the importance of her message. Exactly 33 years earlier to the day, Pope Leo XIII had his terrible vision of the conversation between God and Satan, where the proud dragon claimed he could destroy the Church established by the Son of God if only he had more time and power — a hundred years he asked for. So disturbed by this vision was Pope Leo that he composed the prayer to St. Michael.read more
The “trending” in the social media world means something is getting a lot of attention, and everyone is sharing it and retweeting it and posting it — yada, yada. But the more accurate understanding of the term refers to how something is unfolding, developing or advancing, so there is some relationship between the more traditional definition and the social media jargon.
What is trending in the Church in the United States these days is near extinction. But the funny thing is not many people are actually talking about it. It’s not getting a lot of attention. So the issue is both “trending” and not “trending,” depending on where you fall in the world of “trending.”read more
When people think of Hell, fire is the first image that comes to mind. Indeed, it should be the first because that is what Our Lord presented to us. Of all the pains on earth a man can undergo, nothing is worse than burning. So, Our Lord is telling us that the pains of Hell are to be compared with the greatest pain you can experience on earth. But there is an even more sobering reality about Hell, and that is the capacity for pain actually increases in the next life and to be fair, so does our capacity for joy. This is owing to the fact that in our current temporal reality, being confined to time and space, there are limits on us — extreme pain would cause us to pass out or die. But in the next life, there are no limits. The soul is catapulted into the realm where the limits of the temporal world no longer hold any power.read more
Did you hear the report of the NFL team that was told by its coaches that there would be no practice, no scrimmage, no weight room workouts, no film watching and no game plan for the next opponent because no matter what the team did, it was guaranteed to win, victory was completely assured, so why bother with practice and such? Well, of course, you haven’t heard such a report because it would be fake news. Nothing like that ever happens because it’s patently absurd on its face. Yet, for all the insanity present in such an approach, it almost completely parallels the spiritual idiocy of many in the hierarchy and clergy when “leading the sheep.” They’re leading the sheep alright. The question is “where are they leading them?”read more
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