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The Difference Between The 80's and Now
One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was being able to witness the way the pro-life movement has changed over the past two decades. My mom and dad first got involved in the movement during “Project Jericho”. The entire thing (as a matter of fact, the entire pro-life presence in America) was led mostly by Protestants. If you’ve ever seen films of anti-war sit-ins and protests during the 60’s, then you’ve seen how it all went with us in the 80’s.
If You're Struggling With Dark Times Then Cheer Up
I was watching Dale Ahlquist, President of The American Chesterton Society, last night when something occurred to me. He was talking about the fact that preumption, not despair, is the opposite of hope. The idea is that we can only have hope when things seem bleak. And if we're not worried about something, we're living in bliss, not hopefulness.
This bliss is something that dominates most of our society today. Americans have made it their business to make everything as safe as possible. We've also invented backup plans for when something does go wrong (insurance). We shell out billions of dollars to create a society protected against crime and terrorism. We make health more important than healing. And all of this has created a society without hope.
The Side of Saint Francis You’ve Never Seen Before
The Soldier – The Prisoner – The Beggar – The Saint
Saint Francis of Assisi led one of the most interesting lives of all the saints throughout Catholic history. In our recent poll, Catholics chose him as their favorite saint. And yet, his life is as much a mystery to us today as it was hundreds of years ago.
Not any more!
As reported by the Catholic News Agency, the U.S. Catholic Bishops have recently launched a website designed to help in a health marriage 'for people of all faiths'. This, in its core, is a good idea I guess; but why do the Catholic Bishops feel they should address peoples of all faiths when it comes to marriage advice? The advice given to a Catholic should be given to everyone, but generally only Catholics would understand. General advice that could be followed by people of other faith or no faith at all will be incomplete and could be down right wrong for Catholics.