What if the Coronavirus is the Least of Our Worries Now? by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – I had an unsettling experience this weekend when I attempted to go to Confession at a local church. I described it in a short Facebook post because I believe it is important that we realize what’s happening, or what likely will happen in parishes around the country… Briefly, here’s what happened. Waiting at the open church door was a masked woman holding a clipboard. She said hello and asked for my full name. I replied that I only wanted to go to Confession. She said that she was required to get my full name and contact information for tracing purposes.

A Divine Darkness, by Claire Dwyer

By Claire Dwyer, Spiritual Direction – The visiting American priest bowed his head in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Suddenly, there was a gentle rustling at his side, and a sister pressed a note into his hand. He unfolded it to see Mother Teresa’s handwriting: Father, please pray for me – Where is Jesus?… Glancing at the tiny nun across the room, he met her intense gaze for the briefest of moments before she turned again to the Blessed Sacrament on the altar.

Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade: Attaining Lasting Peace

By Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J., Catholic Education Resource Center – The soul who is not committed solely to the will of God will find neither its satisfaction nor sanctification in the various methods — not even in the most excellent devotional exercises.  If that which God Himself chooses for you does not satisfy you, from whom do you expect to receive what you desire?  If you turn from the food prepared for you by God’s own will, what food could satisfy a taste so depraved?

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Distance Learning Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, by Daniel Guernsey

By Daniel Guernsey, Crisis Magazine – It’s been a strange and difficult semester for Catholic schools and colleges. Our institutions offer a unique social, spiritual, and intellectual formation that depends on personal presence, but students have been exiled from our classrooms, chapels, and athletic fields… For Catholic educators who have struggled to build on the strong relationships formed in the first three quarters of the school year, the serious limitations of distance education are obvious.

CA Governor Witnessing ‘Free Exercise’ in Action, by Chris Woodward, Steve Jordahl

By Chris Woodward, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Responding to President Donald Trump’s support for churches to immediately reopen because they are “essential,” Gov. Gavin Newsom announced draconian rules that include no congregational singing and limiting building capacity to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is less… “At the same time we have shopping malls opening up and down the state packed with people,” says Pacific Justice Institute attorney Brad Dacus, “the governor expects churches to be greatly limited on their ability to function.”

What the Tongues of Fire Teach Us About the Church, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – Pentecost, it is often said, is the birthday of the Church. So what can we learn about the Church from the account of Pentecost in Acts 2?… There is, of course, so much that is happening here—the wind from heaven, the reversal of Babel, the wonderful sermon of Peter and the response it elicits—but perhaps the most enduring image from this event remains those mysterious ‘tongues of fire’ that split off over the heads from the apostles. In seeking to learn from this event, perhaps this, its most enigmatic element is an irresistible place to start.

Planned Parenthood Directors Admit Under Oath That They Sold Aborted Baby Parts, by Cheryl Sullenger

By Cheryl Sullenger, LifeNews – Sixteen unsealed excerpts of sworn video testimony from Planned Parenthood executives was released yesterday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which shows in their own words that Planned Parenthood was involved in obtaining “donations” of fetal tissue organs from women having abortions, only to illegally sell it to middle-man organ procurement companies for profit.

Cdl Burke Decries ‘Distortion’ of Sacraments During Pandemic, Loss of Sense of Sacred, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – “Distortions” of the sacraments that took place in churches during the coronavirus lockdown, and that are taking place as they open up again, could result in Catholics losing a sense of the sacred, says Cardinal Raymond Burke… “The sacred in the highest sense, in the sense that we see and we experience, the sacred is Christ Himself in our midst acting to sanctify us”… Through the sacraments, Christ acts “to forgive our sins, to fortify us with the gift of his Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, to forgive our sins and strengthen us in serious illness,” Burke pointed out.

Catholic Schools and the Common Good, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Aminor kerfuffle erupted earlier this month when Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York made the unforgivable mistake of saying complimentary things about the president of the United States. The occasion for this crime was a group phone call between several hundred Catholic leaders and educators, and members of the Trump administration, including the president… The purpose of that call was to highlight the financial plight of Catholic schools, which, like so many other institutions, face immense challenges in the wake of the pandemic and economic disruption.

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Role Has Prayer Played in Driving Down COVID-19 Deaths?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Back in April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York excluded the possibility that God had anything to do with the dropping numbers of COVID-19 in New York State: During a press conference on April 13, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo contended that God has nothing to do with the notable decrease in COVID-19 cases across the state… “The number is down because we brought the number down,” he told reporters. “God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that.”.. “A lot of pain and suffering did that,” Cuomo, a professing Catholic, continued. “That’s how it works. It’s math.”

Ex-Muslims Unmask Abu Dhabi ‘Deception’, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – In a preliminary analysis of the declaration shown to Church Militant on condition of anonymity, the Arab-speaking converts say that Cdl. Müller’s reading is not based on the “Islamic theological implications of the Arabic text,” and this reflects his inability to see through the “deception” and fall for the “fake human rights rhetoric.” 

Maryland County Bans Eucharist in Church Reopening Order, by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – Howard County Executive Order #2020-09 outlines the conditions and regulations that must be met for non-essential businesses–which in Maryland includes churches and other houses of worship–to resume operations… “There shall be no consumption of food or beverage of any kind before, during, or after religious services, including food or beverage that would typically be consumed as part of a religious service,” the order says in a section delineating norms and restrictions on religious services.

Archbishop Viganò: Dictatorships Arise Because Not Enough Voices Oppose Them, by Dr. Maike Hickson

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has responded to a German Rabbi, Jehoschua Ahrens, who called the Viganò Appeal concerning the corona crisis and its dangers for constitutional liberties a “shock,” adding that he is glad that the German bishops have distanced themselves from it… The Italian prelate defended issuing the May 7 appeal, stating: “I think it is the duty of each one of us to express our concerns about a situation that, taking advantage of the Covid crisis, goes far beyond reasonable safety measures, imposing on entire nations the deprivation of constitutional freedoms.”

Courage! A Homily for the Times by Father James Altman (Watch Video)

Father James Altman, Saint James the Less La Crosse Wisconsin, Tuesday Morning 8:00 AM Mass – WATCH

What St. Paul Did During His Two Years of “Sheltering-in-Place”, by Susan Klemond

By Susan Klemond, National Catholic Register – Staying at home doesn’t have the same appeal as it did before this spring… As summer approaches and COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions are gradually being lifted, I think many of us will be glad to go out for more than just groceries… St. Paul would understand those feelings. Toward the end of his ministry, he was required to spend two years under house arrest in Rome. To make matters worse, he was bound by a chain and assigned a guard during that time… Despite these limitations, St. Paul continued to preach to crowds that came to his home, helped to build up the Church in Rome and probably wrote four epistles.

Church Attendance Essential to America’s Greatness, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Patriot Post – President Donald Trump stepped up to declare houses of worship “essential places that provide essential services” to the American people… “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend,” he said… The president raised eyebrows by declaring that he will “override” governors if they don’t do it… The president takes an oath of office during which he swears to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”.. The First Amendment of our Constitution protects the right to “free exercise” of religion.

After the Lockdown, a Great Catholic Revival? by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – This morning, in an effort to shift my thoughts away from the epidemic and the lockdown, I thought I’d look back a few months, to remember what I was writing before this unhappy subject began to dominate our consciousness… my mind flashed back to an excellent column that I had read just a few minutes earlier, by my friend Michael Pakaluk. Unfortunately, his topic was the lockdown; my bid for a day’s break from that conversation was thwarted… the single sentence that stood out, as I read Michael Pakaluk’s piece, was this: A huge opportunity will have been lost if, when the lockdowns end, the lines outside confessionals aren’t as impressive as the lines of patrons outside restaurants.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: On Covid and the Grimpen

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine – The worry is that “the dictatorship of relativism” becomes more than a metaphor. When uncertainty reigns—whether it is the uncertainty surrounding a pandemic or the deeper uncertainty of a society lost in the grimpen of relativism—fear soon follows. We cannot live forever with the terror of not knowing, so we will be tempted to sacrifice our freedoms for an answer. In the face of uncertainty, we will not only search for answers, but also long for an authority who will supply the answers.

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (May 27)

“Consecrated in God’s truth” Scripture: John 17:11-19  11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming […]

Founder’s Quote

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

Saint of the Day for May 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury (? – May 26, 605)

By Franciscan Media Saint Augustine of Canterbury’s Story – In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading […]