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Was Jorge Bergoglio the Cause of St. Faustina’s Greatest Suffering?

On December 17, 1936, the renown mystic St. Faustina, known for her role in establishing the devotion to the Divine Mercy, penned two entries into her diary which warrant close examination today. Entries 823 and 824 appear to be closely related and occur chronologically without interruption. Without further ado, the first part of her statement [entry 823] is as follows.

“I have offered this day for priests. I have suffered more today than ever before, both interiorly and exteriorly. I did not know it was possible to suffer so much in one day. I tried to make a Holy Hour, in the course of which my spirit had a taste of the bitterness of the Garden of Gethsemane. I am fighting alone, supported by His arm, against all the difficulties that face me like unassailable walls. But I trust in the power of His name and I fear nothing.” — Diary of St. Faustina, 823

By David Martin - Monday, February 20, 2017 - Full Story

Unshakable, Unfaltering Faith

In graduate school, I memorized material that would likely appear on examinations, and forgot it after taking them, a practice that got me through required courses, but did little to enhance my goal of leaving the university with a well-rounded education.

As a college teacher I don’t want students to cram material into their heads for the sake of passing tests as I did, and mindful that experience is the best teacher, I assign exercises that provide them opportunities to utilize, and therefore retain, learned material.

This strategy works well in developing better word usage. Many college students possess limited vocabularies, and their addiction to text messaging worsens this deficiency. To improve students’ vocabularies, I provide lists of words as semesters progress, and require that they be used in compositions.

Those who are sincerely interested in enhancing communicative skills soon realize that, just as palettes containing the complete spectrum of colors enhance an artist’s capability to imitate nature, a large vocabulary helps students to paint with words, that is, to articulate.

By Jimmy Reed - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - Full Story

Make America Pro-Life Again

Dear Friends,

Thought you would like to see that our school is in the local news, promoting the upcoming 40 Days for Life Campaign.  The Diocesan Paper put an article, which will appear in their next printed edition, on their website.

By Guest Column -- Br. Thomas Augustine, M.I.C.M.- Saturday, February 18, 2017 - Full Story

Francis Apparently not Happy with Roman Posters

Pope Francis seems to have taken offense over an anonymous poster campaign which called into question his mercy. On February 4, Romans woke up to more than 200 posters of a stern-faced pope plastered all over the city, with a caption that asks, “But where is your mercy?”

The unidentified posters accused Francis of having “ignored cardinals” and “decapitated the Order of Malta” — references to a bitter dispute between the order and the Vatican that benched a conservative cardinal.

By David Martin - Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - Full Story

Not moderate; not radical: simply Islam

I remember several years ago reading the words of the late and much missed Dr. Conor Cruise O’Brien. The good doctor was referring to the erroneous belief that there is such a thing as moderate Islam set against radical Islam.

This eminent statesman known as “the Cruiser” was one of the most remarkable scholars, historians, authors, intellectuals and politicians that modern Ireland ever produced.

O’Brien who was born in Dublin in 1917 and who died in 2008, declared that for the past two centuries Islam has been dominated by the “House of War” (dar al-Islam) which calls for unremitting warfare against all non-Muslims.

He pointed out that it is intolerable to Muslims that Islam is not ascendant enough and that the remedy is jihad, not the struggle for inner peace that Muslim apologists falsely claim, but rather the violent struggle against non-believers which is a religious obligation imposed by Mohammad upon all Muslims.

By Victor Sharpe - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Full Story

Tortured Human Rights Lawyer Believes He May Die

TIANJIN, China,—Traumatized by more than a year of torture, a prominent Christian human rights lawyer in China’s Tianjin municipality fears he might die of medical conditions.

Li Chunfu (pictured), a rights attorney, was released on bail yesterday, emaciated and aged. When his spouse noticed he was fearful of entering his own apartment, she wept.

Since his release, Li revealed to his wife that he was subjected to medical examinations almost daily while being held in an unofficial “black jail.” The authorities diagnosed him with high blood pressure, even though he has never suffered from it before, and fed him unknown medications. Li also claimed that his heart is damaged and believes he does not have long to live.

By Christian Newswire - Saturday, January 14, 2017 - Full Story

The Light of Chanukah

A candle is a brief flare of light. A wick dipped in oil burns and then goes out again. The light of Chanukah appears to follow the same narrative. Briefly there is light and warmth and then darkness again.

Out of the exile of Babylon, the handful that returned to resettle and rebuild the land faced the might of new empires. The Jews who returned from the exile of one evil empire some twenty-six hundred years ago were forced to decide whether they would be a people with their own faith and history, or the colony of another empire, with its history and beliefs.

Jerusalem’s wealthy elites threw in their lot with the empire and its ways. But out in the rural heartland where the old ways where still kept, a spark flared to life. Modi’in. Maccabee.

By Daniel Greenfield - Monday, December 26, 2016 - Full Story

Nicholas Kristof: Can’t I be a Christian without believing the resurrection? Pastor Keller: Uh, no

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I’m going to give Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times one cheer, because he didn’t hold back from publishing this interview. That’s a lot for me to give Kristof because in general I find him the worst kind of pseudo-intellectual - especially on matters of faith, where he is part of a sizeable group of journalist types who are constantly trying to turn Christianity into nothing more than an admirable set of ethics guidelines. When Paul wrote 2 Timothy 3:5, he was thinking about people like Kristof.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, December 23, 2016 - Full Story

Christian Worship Is ‘Worse than Murder and Bloodshed’

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Coptic Solidarity

For an idea on why Egypt’s Coptic Christians and their churches are constantly under attack—most recently last Sunday, when a church was bombed, killing at least 25 Christians—one need merely listen to the words and teachings of some of the nation’s Muslim preachers.

Take Dr. Ahmed al-Naqib, for instance.  He has studied at the best Islamic madrassas, including Al Azhar, authored numerous books on doctrine, received awards and decorations for his academic achievements, and regularly appears on television.  In one video he appears discussing an earlier Muslim mob attack on a church in Egypt, which the media and government always denounce as fitna, an Arabic word that means temptation or discord and which Islam commands Muslims to oppose.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Saturday, December 17, 2016 - Full Story

Al Azhar Rejects Reforming ‘Religious Discourse’

Coptic Solidarity

Much of the curriculum of Al Azhar—the Islamic world’s most prestigious university, located in Cairo—is based on Islamic books written in the medieval era or earlier.  These books—histories, biographies of Muhammad, hadith (words and deeds of the latter), tafsirs (Koran exegeses), etc.—are often criticized by more reform-minded Muslims for being too backwards, teaching things such as unrelenting jihad and hatred for non-Muslims.

During a recent televised interview, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt’s highest authority on Islam and Grand Imam of Al Azhar, was asked about his university’s reliance on these books.  His responses left many reformers disappointed.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Full Story
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