Inspirational Movie on Maximilian Kolbe

Dear friends, happy memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe! He is my model of a Franciscan priest and the ultimate example of what great depths a life can be taken to that is consecrated to Our Lady and, thus, given over to Jesus. Few people have had such a deep and profound love for Mother Mary as St. Maximilian. Please enjoy this short and inspirational film about him.

A Time for Heroism: Standing for Marriage, Family, and Integrity

Here is a great talk given at Princeton University by Dr. Melissa Moschella called “A Time for Heroism: Standing for Marriage, Family, and Integrity.”

The more I think about the false ideologies of today’s secular culture, from transgendered ideology to same-sex “marriage,” euthanasia, legal abortion, the more do I see a connection to the early heresies that Christians had to fight against (often with great opposition being voiced against them, calling for heroic virtue in their witness); these were heresies which often distorted human anthropology, what it means to be an embodied person.

Gnostic heresies, for example, of the early centuries of Church history saw the spirit as good and the body as bad—notice, in this dualistic misunderstanding, the connection to such modern-day heresies as transgenderism, dualistically perceiving the body to be “bad” in the sense of being intrinsically at odds with the spirit’s identity (in the formulation of being an opposite gender). Catholic moral teaching, on the other hand, conveys the truth about how we are not dualistic beings but embodied persons in the sense that our bodies tell us truths about our personhood, our personal identity. We are unified as mind, body, and soul in our personal identity and integrity.

Robert P. George, who was Dr. Moschella’s mentor and dissertation director at Princeton, has made the same connection, identifying the manner in which a person’s selfhood these days is separated from his or her body (a person being able to claim that their gender-identity is different from their biological gender) as a form of neo-Gnosticism. In other words, what we are seeing is the reawakening of ancient heresies.

As the manner in which the Church Fathers and early Christians dealt with heresies from the early centuries show, we need to not shy away but be able to counter such falsities boldly but with love: with morally, scientifically, theologically, and philosophically honest responses which speak truth with love. Dr. George and Dr. Moschella do so beautifully in the videos above.

Transgender Ideology: Advocating a Civil Right to Mental Illness

Praise God for the gifts of reason, science, and common sense, and those who are still not afraid to voice the truth of these realities in a culture that is losing sight of the most basic truths of human sexuality and identity. Hats off to Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, and social commentator Ben Shapiro, for their integrity and honesty in these commentaries:

Urge President Trump to Nominate Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett, federal judge, Notre Dame Law professor, legal scholar, devout Catholic, mother of seven.

SIGN THE LETTER TO NOMINATE AMY CONEY BARRETT TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Dear Friends,

I urge  you to sign a letter, as I and many already have, urging President Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, federal judge, Notre Dame Law professor, and a devout Catholic, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Barrett has received the support of a number of Christian and conservative groups who hope that her judicial philosophy and moral principles can better our country, if nominated.

When President Trump nominated her as 7th Circuit Appeals Court judge last year, despite her prestige as a legal scholar, professor, and attorney, she faced strong opposition from senators who were uncomfortable with her strong Catholic identity, particularly Dick Durbin and Diane Feinstein, who notoriously told Barrett, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

This led to a debate on how anti-religious bigotry is still very much present in our Congress. However, it also provided an opportunity for a majority of senators to support Judge Barrett and stand up for religious liberty, decrying the anti-Catholicism that their fellow senators displayed. Here is a video from EWTN recalling that battle:

Below is another video showing how even mainstream evangelical Christians are declaring Judge Barrett to be their favorite nominee in light of her devout Catholic faith and judicial philosophy. This is a great example — the inversion of the anti-religious bigotry referenced above — of how far relations between Protestants and Catholics have come in this country.

In this video, Pat Robertson’s son, Gordon P. Robertson, who is the CEO of Christian Broadcasting Network, encourages viewers to pray for Barrett, referencing with fondness that she is a charismatic Catholic, and highlighting that, since she is in her 40s, Judge Barrett would be a remarkable person to have on the Supreme Court for the next 40 years.

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy presents a historic opportunity. This could be the first time in decades that the U.S. Supreme Court may gain a 5-4 conservative majority, and that unjust cases written by justices influenced more by political ideology — what is called “judicial activism” — as opposed to respect for the Constitution — cases which have legalized abortion, gay marriage, and many other violations of human dignity and natural law — may see their end.

Please sign the letter to President Trump, and please keep him, Judge Barrett, and the other nominees in prayer. May God guide this important and historic decision. If President Trump can pick a nominee as strong as Justice Neil Gorsuch, his first pick to replace Justice Scalia, then he would prove himself as indeed responsible for much good for decades to come.

Stopping Procrastination – You Only Get 24 Hours, Live Abundantly

Here is some powerful advice on using the gift of time for a more productive and fulfilling life. Too often we don’t consider sins of omission in our lives — what we didn’t do with the precious gift of time that the Lord has given us, wasting it. We only get 24 hours. They are too precious. How we use our time tells us a lot about ourselves and about the virtues we want to cultivate in our lives: dedication, discipline, self-respect, passion, purpose, work-ethic. The Lord is calling us to abundant living. Consider how much more fulfilling life can be if the wisdom from this video is taken seriously:

Our Lady’s Message for 37th Year Anniversary

Dear Friends, Happy 37th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Our_Lady_of_Emmitsburg (2)Medjugorje!! I was especially moved by Our Lady’s message today, how she emphasizes that she gives thanks to the Lord for us, her children who have converted and accepted her messages. What a gift it is, in having the opportunity to follow Our Lady’s spirituality, that she receives gratitude and joy from us and our efforts. May that inspire us to give our selves even in a deeper way to her work, in consecrating our lives to Our Lady and her mission, responding to her love with love. Here is the full message from Our Lady:

“Dear children! This is the day that the Lord gave me to give Him thanks for each of you, for those who have converted and have accepted my messages and have set out on the way of conversion and holiness. Rejoice, little children, because God is merciful and loves you all with His immeasurable love and leads you to the way of salvation through my coming here. I love you all and give you my Son that He may give you peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.”