Christians now make up 86 percent of Russian population
MOSCOW (ChurchMilitant.com) – A recent poll is showing the number of atheists in Russia has dropped by half in the last three years.
According to the Levada Center, a Russian-based, independent, non-governmental research organization, those who consider themselves “absolutely irreligious” fell from 26 percent in 2014 to just 13 percent in 2017. As many as 44 percent described themselves as “quite religious,” 33 percent as “not too religious” and 9 percent as “very religious.”read more
PORTLAND (ChurchMilitant.com) – American scientists are now editing the DNA of embryos to eliminate inherited diseases.
On July 26, Technology Review, a journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), revealed that a group of scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University (HSU) in Portland are the first Americans to successfully change an embryo’s genes, after which the embryo is still viable.read more
US armed forces “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption”
WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that so-called transgender people will not serve “in any capacity” in the U.S. military. The reason cited was “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that would be brought about by transgenders in the armed forces.
The announcement takes place after Adm. Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told Congress Tuesday to accept transgender service members: “I led our armed forces under the flawed ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy and saw firsthand the harm to readiness and morale when we fail to treat all service members according to the same standards.”read more
Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices
“A fascinating series of tympana on a terrace of houses on Walton Well Road, Jericho features the life of the prophet Elijah. This is the final one of the set, which depicts the prophet being taken up to heaven.” – Fr. Lawrence, OP. Flickr.
Listers, Aristotle (“the Philosopher”) defined prudence as ”right reason applied to action.”1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.”2 Prudence is an indispensable part of the virtuous life. It stands as a “unique virtue” for the role it plays in both the intellectual and moral life of the virtuous person. It is also a “special virtue” for its role in guiding all virtues to their determined end. Prudence is, without any doubt, absolutely necessary to live the good life, the virtuous life.read more
Our Lord gave to the Apostles (and brothers) James and John the nickname Boanerges, or “Sons of Thunder,” owing to their great zeal, fiery temperaments and severe temper. In at least two places in Scripture, Jesus had to rebuke them for their misplaced enthusiasm.
One instance involved their desire to punish those who would not welcome them.
When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51–56)read more
Baptism Of Christ, Pietro Perugino, 1481 – 1483. Wikiart.
RCIA: 12 Basic Questions on the Sacrament of Baptism
Listers, Holy Baptism is the portal of salvation. As we learned in RCIA: 12 Questions to Introduce the Sacraments, a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The following twelve questions serve to introduce the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and provide citations for further study. The primary scripture submitted for contemplation is the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist:
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” St. Matthew 3:13-17read more
A decade ago, personal video testimonials of people “coming out” as gay exploded on YouTube. Now, search the term “ex-gay,” and you’ll find an explosion of testimonials from those who’ve left the homosexual lifestyle and have never looked back.
But this is the news the LGBT lobby doesn’t want anyone to know, because it bursts the myth that people are “born that way” and they can never really change. So invested are they in the narrative that they’ve lobbied states to outlaw reparative therapy — voluntary counseling that helps diminish or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction. Currently, nine states and counting have banned such therapy for minors, meaning youth who seek help in ridding themselves of homosexual desires can no longer do so with a licensed therapist in those states.read more
When retreatants ask for suggestions about how to deepen their prayer and to grow in their spiritual lives, their directors might have suggestions about some new approach to try. But often it is better to encourage people to work patiently at what they are already doing, especially when it comes to forming a real relationship with Jesus. Learning how to talk with him and how to listen to him may come easier for some than for others.
Imagine the situation of an individual who is committed to some form of daily mental prayer as well as to some form of examination of conscience. The very regularity of these practices can easily mean that they do not get much special attention. We are creatures of habit. We fall into certain patterns, and that is not all bad. A routine can carry us through even the busiest and most trying seasons of our lives.read more
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