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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

The Houris: Islam’s ‘Sexual Superwomen’

FrontPage Magazine

Last month, when the battle for Mosul began, Islamic State “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly promised four extra Houris (supernatural, celestial women designed for sexual purposes)—atop the other 72 promised by prophet Muhammad—to all jihadis who die (are “martyred”) fighting the infidel forces, according to Arabic media accounts.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Full Story

ISIS Breaks into Christian Coffins, Desecrates Corpses and Crosses

Raymond Ibrahim

A human rights group recently published photos documenting the Islamic State’s fanatical and virulent hate for Christians — even dead ones.  The photos show the Christian cemetery of Qarqoosh, Iraq that was vandalized by the Islamic group.  Among other things, the jihadis opened coffins and desecrated the remains of the dead– in the picture below, by snapping off the head of a formerly resting-in-peace corpse and throwing the crucifixes surrounding it on the ground.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Full Story

Three Christians Released from Solitary Confinement in Iran

ORLANDO, FL - Open Doors USA has announced that three Christian Azerbaijani men have been released from prison in Iran.  Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov, from Baku in Azerbaijan, have now been released on bail. They were able to return to Azerbaijan and were reunited with their families.

By Liberty Counsel - Monday, November 14, 2016 - Full Story

Muslims May Wear the Cross to Deceive Christians

Raymond Ibrahim
An Arabic language video of an Al Azhar professor, Dr. Salim Abdul Galil, is instructive of how that Egyptian institution sees the relationship between Muslims and Christians.

In it he discusses Koran 3:28: “Let believers not take for friends and allies infidels rather than believers: whoever does this shall have no relationship left with Allah—unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions.”  Galil began by explaining this verse as meaning Muslims must never befriend or aid non-Muslims, especially against fellow Muslims.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Full Story

What is a committed Christian to do in this election?

There is no doubt that this minute voice from an independent Christian missionary, a woman, will encounter criticism for what follows.

Eight years ago, a phenomenal legal researcher and I did everything in our power to unveil the Obama persona as a change artist whose concept of change was to dismantle our Founders’ legacy and the American dream. The novel Gold Baron wove facts into a portentous tale that has since seen basic fulfillment as that deconstruction has come to pass. If the rest of the country hasn’t learned a lesson, I did. And it’s clear that we’ve already reached a crossroads that, should we travel the wrong path with Hillary, there will be no return. The floodwaters of political correctness that has already overwhelmed secular society will have washed out the road behind us.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Full Story

Pope Francis’ Song and Dance with Islam

FrontPage Magazine

Pope Francis recently made some ostensibly refreshing remarks.  During an early morning Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel—the 85-year-old priest who was slaughtered by Muslims while conducting mass in his church in France—Pope Francis said:

This cruelty that asks for apostasy, let’s say the word, is satanic…  Today in the church there are more Christian martyrs than in the first times. Today there are Christians who are assassinated, tortured, jailed, their throats are cut because they don’t deny Jesus Christ….  To the first Christians, apostasy was proposed – that is, say that our god is the true one, not yours. Make a sacrifice to our god, or our gods. And when they didn’t do this, when they refused apostasy, they were killed. This is repeated today. How much we would like that all of the religions would say that killing in the name of God is satanic.

By Raymond Ibrahim - Friday, October 7, 2016 - Full Story

YAHOO PLAYING GAMES WITH CATHOLICS

Bill Donohue comments on how politics affects Yahoo News:

Yahoo News is seeking to manipulate public opinion by promoting the false notion that Pope Francis is at war with Donald Trump. In doing so, it is playing games with Catholics.

Today, on the homepage of Yahoo there is a news story titled, “Trump Goes to War with the Pope”; it features a picture of Donald Trump at a podium. The first sentence reads, “The pontiff suggests that Trump is not a Christian.”

By Catholic League - Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Full Story

POPE ATTACKED ON GENDER IDEOLOGY

Bill Donohue comments on the pope’s remarks on gender ideology:

Over the weekend, Pope Francis drew a familiar distinction between those individuals who were struggling with their sex identity and those who were pushing a radical agenda. He embraced the former while strongly denouncing the latter.

The pope’s words are subject to translation discrepancies, thus accounting for the following inconsistencies:

By Catholic League - Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Full Story

The True Steps to Becoming a Godly Man

What does it mean to be a man of God or a Godly man? It probably depends on who you ask and their unique perception. Some would say that being a man of God doesn’t sound like very much fun, while others would consider a man of this caliber to be utterly weak.

I have personally lived as a “split-rail” Christian for most of my adult life. I was open about my faith when asked and “tried” to live according to God’s word each day. But in reality, I had separated God from my life. I went about my day-to-day business using God when I needed Him and leaving Him out when not convenient. This dichotomy of existence caused internal issues within me that rose to the surface as both the inability to control my temper, frustration and bitterness.

By Nathan Tabor - Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Full Story

Yes, Jesus is Your Only Hope

We live in a time when “tolerance,” “diversity” and “inclusivity” are considered by many cultural virtues that supersede all others. This popular relativist notion disregards something far more important: Truth.

Yet, and to borrow from Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”

Jesus is truth. Either that or, as C.S. Lewis famously observed, He is a liar, a lunatic or the “Devil of Hell” himself.

Christ was both tolerant and intolerant – utterly exclusive and wholly inclusive. He said in no uncertain terms: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Let’s break that down.

By Matt Barber - Monday, September 12, 2016 - Full Story