Tag Archives: obedience

Suffer the Children

This is a follow-up to an article I’m fairly certain I blogged (but can’t seem to find). I usually attend masses performed by fathers of the Oratorian Community (of Saint Philip Neri). This particular oratory caters mostly to college students. When I go to a parish for mass, I’m appalled by the the misbehavior of […]

The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Chastity

From The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus: "Do not imagine that you will overwhelm the demon of fornication by entering into an argument with him. Nature is on his side and he has the best of the argument. So the man who decides to struggle against his own flesh and to overcome […]

Tough Love

This study ought provide a lot of fuel for debates about parental, administrative, polical, and religious leadership styles. “Whether it involves persuading people to use sunscreen or eat high fiber foods, good intentions can be elicited by a variety of appeals. However, getting people to actually follow through on these intentions and change their behavior […]

Being Open to Life: An Uphill Battle

Today is the 37th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. This encyclical reinforced the Church's constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent the transmission of human life. Additionally, it continued the Church's constant teaching against abortion and sterilization. "Therefore We base Our words on the first principles […]

Delayed Reaction

This morning someone commented on an entry I posted July 31. “Dude, you were raised lutheran, you were an agnostic and now you think you’re like, what, the pope’s right hand man? Take it from this cradle catholic and quit judging people. Don’t think you can just crash the party and start playing the records […]