Fr. Ed Broom: Easter Gives True Meaning to Life & Death

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – The winter snows melt and spring flowers blossom and emanate their beautiful fragrance. The sharp thorns fade and the pink glowing rose sprouts and adorns the colorful meadow… These are merely analogies in nature of the greatest of all events: the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!… A hardened sinner moved by grace, renouncing sin, reforming his life, and falling in love with the Person of Jesus the Lord becomes a great saint. This is only possible through the power of grace communicated through the Paschal mystery — the Passion death and Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Immoderate Desires IV: The Deadly Sin of Envy

By Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand – Envy, in our modern idiom, is treated almost as a joke, a backhanded way of celebrating our neighbor’s good fortune: “I envy you, brother.” “You got the new X-Box? ENVY!” We don’t really resent them for having it or consider ourselves lessened in worth by not possessing it. Or, if we do, that feeling is slight and easily, almost magically dismissed by acknowledgment. But Envy isn’t a joke. True Envy, or jealousy, has been the motive behind many civil torts and violent crimes throughout history….

NEWS

Msgr. Charles Pope: 3 Reasons Why the Notre Dame Blaze Broke So Many Hearts

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News – The burning of Notre Dame in Paris last week struck us all very deeply, more deeply, I think, than most of us imagine. Even the most secular in France were struck and saddened. Why is this? Simply put, Notre Dame is far more than a building. What follows are three short reflections on the deeper meanings of the burning of Notre Dame. What unites them is an archetypal longing for what we once were and have seemingly lost but can regain if we allow Our Lady to lead us back to her Son.

Msgr. Charles Pope: What Does Jesus Mean When He Tells Mary Magdalene Not to Cling to Him Because He Has Not Yet Ascended?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As the Easter Octave unfolds, we have in the Gospel this enigmatic statement of Our Lord Jesus to Mary Magdalene: Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God” (John 20:17)… There is much to ponder and distinguish here… First, we should set aside certain previous translations that rendered “Do not cling to me” as “Do not touch me.”

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: The Symbolic Burning of Notre Dame

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – It is almost impossible not to find a dire symbolism in the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the first day of Holy Week, the day after – as Ross Douthat points out – Catholics worldwide listened to a Gospel in which St. Luke recounted the rending of the veil of the temple… Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of the Catholic Church in France. And France – the “eldest daughter of the Church” – is in many respects the symbolic heart of the faith in Europe. Many felt something like physical pain watching this most magnificent and history-laden Catholic cathedral burning.

Latino Vote Expected to Be Major Factor for Trump, by J.M. Phelps

By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow – A national immigration analyst says President Donald Trump’s popularity is continuing to grow among Hispanic Americans – a segment of the American population that’s projected to become the largest voting minority in the 2020 presidential election… “Latinos are paying attention to what President Trump is doing,” says Maria Espinoza, national director of The Remembrance Project… Trump’s approval among Hispanics is certainly seen in the polls, Espinoza continues. “Forty-five to 51 percent of Latinos support this president,” she tells OneNewsNow – and she expects those numbers will only increase in the next two years. She is convinced Trump’s work is “impacting every average American family” – despite the color of their skin.

How Denver’s Archbishop Responded to Columbine, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – (The Columbine) massacre was premeditated and devastating; the boys also unsuccessfully planned to bomb the school with homemade explosives. They murdered 13 and wounded more than 20 others; finally they shot and killed themselves… Archbishop Charles Chaput, now of Philadelphia, was the shepherd of Denver at the time. More than 1,000 mourners turned out for the first three students’ funerals, over which Chaput presided… “[Chaput] was very prompt in understanding the need to get to the scene and get to the families, the Catholic families, to provide them with support”…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Every Person Has a Right to Vote,’ Including Convicted Terrorist, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a CNN town hall Monday night that “every person has a right to vote,” even if they’re in jail for heinous crimes such as the Boston Marathon bombing… He said his response to the question will probably end up as a 30-second political ad paid for by his opposition. But he refused to back down… “Look — this is what I believe. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen has the right to vote?” Sanders asked.

In Praise of James V. Schall S.J., by The Catholic Thing

The Catholic Thing – Robert Royal: The passing of Fr. James V. Schall S.J. on April 17 – our esteemed colleague and dear friend – is, in everyday human terms, a very sad event. But it would be profoundly un-Schallian to think of it only in terms of sorrow because, as the great man knew better than any of us, when we die we go to live under God’s love, mercy, and justice – which was why we were created in the first place. That end is and ever shall be the proper remedy for all our earthly sorrows and injustices, especially death.

Social Conservatives Need to Get to Work, Not Give Up, by Jennifer Roback Morse

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., The Stream – Peter Wolfgang’s cry from the heart got to me, I have to admit. His recent Stream piece “George Weigel, John Paul II, and What We Need Now” moved me… The Conservative-Christian-Catholic hopefulness, even triumphalism, expressed by George Weigel and the late Michael Novak and Richard John Neuhaus, in the 1990’s has evaporated. Couched as a critique of these famous “neo-cons,” Wolfgang’s real point was “Man, we’ve got a mess on our hands. None of our Smart Guys has a clue what to do.”.. I sympathize. I’ve been thinking about it too. I do have a plan. It goes like this.

The Sri Lanka Terrorists: Martyrs or Murderers? by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – More than 290 are dead and 500 wounded in an Easter Sunday jihad massacre in Sri Lanka. The terrorists targeted three Catholic Churches and three luxury hotels frequented by foreigners. Government officials blame the attack on “religious extremists,” though no group has claimed responsibility… The term “religious extremists” implies that the vast majority of Muslim would disapprove of what the extremists did. Yet, while the vast majority won’t resort to terror themselves, they highly honor those who do.

California Supreme Court Stops Hearing Against David Daleiden Over “Political Bias and Selective Prosecution”

By Micaiah Bilger LifeNews – Undercover journalist David Daleiden received some good news Friday when the California Supreme Court suspended his preliminary hearing until further notice… Daleiden’s attorneys with the Thomas More Society told LifeNews that the court based its decision on “political bias and selective prosecution.”.. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye released the decision Friday, his attorneys said. Daleiden’s preliminary hearing was slated to begin Monday and continue for approximately two weeks. Now, it is not clear if it will happen at all.

Looking Christian at the End of Lent, by Mark Bell

By Mark Bell, Those Catholic Men – If you were in a work meeting, out at the bar having a beer with your buddies, or coaching little league, could someone look at you and tell that you are a Christian? As Christian men, we should be the last ones in the world with a look of gloom and doom on our faces. Sure, we all have our bad days but we can’t forget that Christians should be the most joyful people around and that our joy should be contagious.

How I Came to View Fertility As a Delicate Gift, by Mary Rose Somarriba

By Mary Rose Somarriba, Editor, Natural Womanhood – There’s a bumper sticker I’ve seen on cars that says “Peace begins in the womb.” Pregnant now with our third wished-for child, I feel that phrase intimately. I’ve come to view fertility as a fragile and precious gift that I want to let take its course, uninhibited. Like the peace that begins in the spring, when the first flowers sprout through the rain. Or the first late twilight, and the fresh dawn that follows, bringing a warm new day. It’s a gift to behold and may only last for a short window of time, but it’s a promise of hope that’s far more enduring.

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: Is Your Salvation ASSURED? (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, Companions of the Cross, Catholic Charismatic Center, Director

Abortion Mills Target Blacks, by Patrick Hampton

By Patrick Hampton, Patriot Post – The truth is, Planned Parenthood has been winning the propaganda battle in the black community for decades. But I believe the tide is turning. That’s partially due to social-media campaigns, national pro-life events, and members of the film industry securing funding and fighting back by creating inspiring media messages.

Sri Lanka Easter Attacks Draw International Condemnation, Prayer for Victims

Catholic News Agency – Shortly before 9 a.m., explosions were detonated during Easter Mass at Catholic churches in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, and in Negombo, a city 20 miles to its north. At the same time, a bomb exploded at a service at the evangelical Zion Church in Batticaolo, on Sri Lanka’s east coast… Pews were shattered by the blast at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, and floors and ceilings were covered in blood. The Catholic shrine is the most well-known church in Sri Lanka, and is designated the country’s national shrine.

Daily Reading & Meditation:  Tuesday (April 23)

“I have seen the Lord!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 20:11-18 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to […]

Founder’s Quote

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people […]

Saint of the Day for April 23: St. George (c. 280 – April 23, 303)

By Franciscan Media Saint George’s Story – Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was […]