Posted on August 14, 2016
#16 This Catholic Life Podcast:
Priestly Celibacy and your REAL questions!
Is priestly celibacy biblical? Isn’t it just to keep priests from leaving their money to their children? Is it unnatural? Doesn’t it get lonely? Find out as we talk with and ask a priest.
Updated on August 7, 2016
I list my favorite Instagram accounts, followed by special guest Trent Horn, who talks about how we know the Catholic canon of scripture is correct over the protestant, how Catholic understanding of scripture is different and why it is correct, and common atheistic claims about bible and, of course, why they are not correct. You don’t want to miss!
Posted on August 2, 2016
So, the Sovereign Pontiff isn’t really your flavor of Pope? I know, I know! Before you interject, “This is about Truth!” let me speak. I, too, am not always a fan of his relationship with the media, particularly the American media. Often, what he has said will be twisted beyond the point of recognition. When we say he is misleading less knowledgable Catholics, we have to consider a few things: it is not solely him that is giving the wrong impression, these Catholics have a moral obligation to rightly form their consciences, and even when we do not feel we must respect the man holding the office, we must always respect the chair of Peter.
It scarcely will be a week between episodes of the media proclaiming that Pope Francis has overturned another Catholic doctrine or Dogma. About half of the time, he has been misquoted or badly translated, and about half the time, he is speaking freely and colloquially, in casual conversation – hardly infallible. What we need to consider is, while no other Pope has spoken to the media as much as Francis, no other Pope lived in the world he lives in, right now. Pope Paul VI didn’t have Instagram. He did not have people reporting his every fall, literally, in photo, tweet, and post. For this, we must consider, that perhaps even the most favorable Pope could have said something unclear from time to time, just no one recorded it.
I do not at all mean to say that he should not be more aware of the power of his words and interactions. That he should, but he is fully aware that he will bear the weight of the sin which he leads others to, as their shepherd. So, too, will those involved in misinterpreting his messages and misguiding his flock. This is a sobering thought, but at the same time, it is comforting that justice will always be served. We mustn’t concern ourselves with being the judge of the Vicar of Christ. We must pray for him. Consider this, the next time you wish to speak uncharitably and harshly toward him, physically harming the pope is one of a very short list of actions which invoke immediate excommunication. Do you imagine that verbal abuse or assault is likely to sit well with God, either? If you feel you must speak out against misguidance, do so with the utmost respect and charity.
Many well meaning and devout Catholics, myself included, worry about the effect these misguidances will have on the general public and dissident Catholics, but I think we are missing a greater picture. The type of person who is getting their Catholic information from the Huffpost is not someone who is probably living the faith, anyhow. Pope Francis has a way or charism if you will, of drawing the public eye to the church. Do we want these people who haven’t considered or been in communion with the church for years or decades, to look at the church and see a diverse range of people all living for God and loving one another, or do we want them to see a juvenile, MMA style, cage-fight between the “rad trads” and the “heretics?”
Trust in the Lord! If He brought me in, He can bring anyone into the church. Sometimes all the Lord needs to soften our hearts, is for us to take a second look at the church. Francis does a good job of interesting people who would otherwise not even glance at it. Acceptance of the fullness of truth comes with time. We must allow people on different journeys, the space to mature, grow, and develop in their faith. We will not attain perfection here, not even you!
Finally, we must always respect the chair of Peter. Christ gave Saint Peter the keys to the Kingdom, and He gave the keys to a mere fisherman who had denied him THREE TIMES, despite personally knowing Him and seeing miracles. Getting it right or being moral 100% of the time, is not a prerequisite of the papacy. The Borgias and many other’s have shown us this. We must marvel at the great wonder that is the survival of the church! Man has certainly tried to run her into the ground, corrupt her, scatter her, and still, she goes onward, bringing Jesus Christ to every man or woman who would have Him. Rest easy O, disgruntled one! The Church survived the Borgias, and she will survive Francis, too. #CardinalSarah4Pope
Pax Vobiscum, and don’t forget to check out the Podcast, This Catholic Life, on iTunes and Stitcher!
Posted on August 1, 2016
Big Book Bundle Giveaway
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I’m so excited to announce a collaborative giveaway of a collection of books from Fr. Gaitley. I have personally used his books and particularly like Consoling the Heart of Jesus! The winner will receive Consoling the Heart of Jesus, 33 Days to Morning Glory, and The One Thing is Three. Be sure to enter to win! What do you have to lose, other than an awesome book bundle?! Many thanks to my collaborative ladies: yellowpelican.net, notsoformulaic.com, and faithandfabricdesign.com!
Be sure to check out the THIS CATHOLIC LIFE podcast, found on iTunes and Stitcher, a podcast hosted by Rosalie Contrite of ContriteCatholic.com.
Updated on July 31, 2016
^ The video version for lazy readers.
I know what you’re thinking. “Why would God be needed to lose weight? Why would I pray about something so vain?” The fallacy is that losing weight is vain. It is a moral and truly justifiable self-care. I will outline for you briefly how God and my faith is and has helped me to lose weight. There are three main motivations.
- My body is a gift from God:
Just as I must tend to and nourish my soul by attending mass and reading the Bible or other orthodox literary source, I must nourish my body. The ability to be healthy is a gift – one not everyone has been afforded. It is not respecting the gift God gave me, if I’m willfully allowing myself to become overweight or to develop hypertension or hyperlipidemia. Much of these conditions are within my control. I can do a lot to keep them in check.
I must care for my soul, but not only my soul. My family, children, friends, and co-workers depend on me, and I am not being good steward of my blessings, if I do nothing to care for my health and well-being. Allowing myself to become ill will result in sick days at work, children without a caretaker, and medical bills. I cannot control all of this, but I can control a lot of it. I realized I needed to do the moral thing and help my family and myself when I could. A sound body, often has a sound mind. As my physical body improves, so does my spiritual state.
- My body is my gift to my spouse
In the marital embrace, we make a very real gift of ourselves to our spouse. Our body is the actual, total gift we give to our spouse. What was I saying by giving my spouse a poorly cared for, willfully overweight, and unhealthy body? It seemed insulting to my husband, the more I pondered it. This goes both ways, not just for women. This is not to say that I need to be vain and obsessed with my weight and appearance, but that I want to care for the body God gave me and use this body to be a gift to my spouse. Bottom line: I decided I wanted to give him a good gift – one he’d be excited to receive!
- Extra food is food taken from those who have not
This point will no doubt be hard for some to read, but I do not mean to indict you! I am overweight right now, as I type this, though, working toward not. Here is the premise: to maintain an overweight body, one must continue to over-nourish to one’s detriment, or you will lose weight. Weight must be maintained by steady caloric intake or our body uses it’s own stores, muscle or fat. I realized that the food I was taking in was being taken from someone who had no food. We produce enough food each year for 12 billion people. Why are there people starving, then? Some have too much, some not enough, and some is fed to livestock. I was taking what wasn’t mine and using it to hurt myself by becoming overweight. This was a hard pill to swallow, but now that I have, I can more readily accept and follow portion control. I have also begun cooking more for myself as pre-made foods are widely unhealthy.
I am using the extra in my food budget to give to a local food bank or soup kitchen to further remind myself of the fact that the extra food I consumed was truly being taken from those who needed it.
Aside from those three motivations, I also recommend asking for the intercession of the Angelic Doctor, Thomas Aquinas. History records him as being a pleasantly plump fellow. Surely, he can understand the plight of the overweight!