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Words For Reflection This Lenten Season

Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, former head of Opus Dei, will be beatified in Madrid in the fall of 2014.  The following is an excerpt from a pastoral letter written by Bishop Álvaro del Portillo on December 25, 1985: …many generations which should belong to Christ and the Church are being lost in these years, and because, […]

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Prof. Michael McConnell on the Hobby Lobby Arguments

I’m delighted to pass along this item from Prof. Michael McConnell at Stanford. In my view, Michael is probably tied for most influential and respected Religion Clauses scholar in the nation today, both on the Free Exercise Clause side and the Establishment Clause side. He obviously has a perspective of his own on the underlying […]

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Penance and Mortification – What Is the Difference?

From Catholic.net Question: OK, now I have a better grasp of what we mean by “mortification,” but that has raised another question. Is there difference between mortification and penance or penitence. Answer: This is a very interesting question. The distinction between mortification (synonymous in most spiritual writers with self-denial, abnegation, self-renunciation, dying to self) and […]

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Tackle Tempation and Sin or Risk Ruination

From the Archdiocese of Washington The Gospel today says that Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the desert. Hebrews 4:15 also affirms: For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. How exactly a […]

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A Strong Bishop Speaks Out on Pornography

From The Catholic Thing I don’t remember the first electric moment I saw pornography for the first time, but I do remember how we as little boys in the early 1960s were obsessed with the images in Playboy. I remember how casual it all seemed to be among the adults, though not my own Mom […]

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Legatus Summit Blew Us Away

From LifeSiteNews John-Henry Westen, Jon Fidero and I just came back from attending the annual Legatus Summit in Orlando, Florida that took place this past Thursday to Saturday. It was an astonishing event, in that every speaker was rock solid and of the highest quality from the pro-life and pro-family perspective. For those of us […]

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