Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas: “Be Not Afraid!”

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Catholic World Report – St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: “The wind symbolizes the temptations and persecution the Church will suffer due to lack of love. For, as St. Augustine says, when love grows cold, the sea becomes rougher and the boat begins to founder. Yet the wind, the storm, the waves and the darkness will fail to put it off course and wreck it.” As Our Lord chides the Apostles, we should hear Him speaking to us as well, 2000 years later: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”

Trump’s Income Tax Repeal Promises an American Revolution, by David Gornoski

By David Gornoski, The American Conservative – Striding through his moment as the general public—including young voters and minorities—begins to reassess him as a “trans-partisan” outlaw pop icon due to  his increasing legal defeats, the former President Donald Trump returned to Capitol Hill to rally and mend fences with Republicans in Congress.

When the Vatican Gets It Wrong, by Darrick Taylor

By Darrick Taylor, Crisis Magazine – It may not be convenient, given the historical circumstances, but making dubious claims to save the Church from criticism does not make her failures go away, nor does it help her reputation. The assertion that the liturgical reform was the immediate work of the Holy Spirit and the belief that the Holy Spirit directly chooses popes are cut from the same cloth. Both are pious fictions meant to protect the Church’s image when she screws things up. Neither are true, and no one should be excommunicated—in either social or ecclesiastical terms—for respectfully pointing out that they are not.

NEWS

Looking Back On the US Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade Two Years Ago (June 24th), by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite News – Two years ago today, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that resounded across the land: “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion!”… I was thrilled to have been among the throng of pro-life hopefuls in front of the Court alongside my LifeSiteNews colleague, Jim Hale, at 10:23 AM on June 14, 2022 when those words were announced, overturning Roe v. Wade.

Cardinal Tobin Defends Bishops’ Anti-Poverty Program, Permits Satanic Music on His Radio Station, by Michael Hichborn

By Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute – Two weeks ago, the Catholic bishops of the United States met in Louisville, KY for their annual plenary meeting.  One of the topics for the meeting was the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official anti-poverty program of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  In April, the long-term executive director of the CCHD, Ralph McCloud, departed his post without explanation, and evidence of the financial failure of the program came to light. …

The Surrender Novena: Let Jesus Take Care of Everything, by Maura Roan McKeegan

By Maura Roan McKeegan, Catholic Exchange – “O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!”… This simple refrain captured my heart from the first time I heard it… I was so taken with this powerful prayer that I immediately wanted to learn more about both… As it turns out, Servant of God Don Dolindo Ruotolo was, for a short time, the spiritual director of someone I have written about many times: Padre Pio.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: God Knows We Exist

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – The Church breathes with two lungs: faith and reason. Faith elevates, directs, and endows reason with meaning. Mary pondered the meaning of Gabriel’s words she received in faith. Jesus calms the sea, demonstrating His power over the ominous, volatile, and uncontrollable elements (cf. Mk 4:35-41). For those with the eyes of faith, Jesus reveals his divinity. Only God has such dominion. The apostles had sufficient evidence to make this conclusion—especially after the Resurrection. With good reason, we place our trust in their testimony and the authority of the Church’s Deposit of Faith. We believe, and our faith is reasonable.

Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid Are Cannibalizing The Entire Federal Budget, by Chris Jacobs

By Chris Jacobs, The Federalist – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released revised estimates of the nation’s budget and economic outlook over the coming years. While the prior version of the document, released in February, didn’t exactly show a fiscally responsible federal government, the intervening four months saw lawmakers digging taxpayers — that’s you and me — into an even deeper hole.

Msgr. Charles Pope: My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties that assail us. No matter, the charge to have and keep making the crossing remains the same. Let’s look in more detail at the stages of this gospel and see how the disciples get over to the other shore with Jesus.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: First Take the Log out of Your Own Eye

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 7:1-5 – “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? ….

On Marriage, Leadership, and Honoring Our Wives, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life – Is it possible that marriage and the family are losing their value in the eyes of the next generation because our young people don’t see positive examples of successful marriages and Christ-centered families? If we truly offered this alternative and fought to live it, defend it, and promote it, there could be a resurgence of successful marriages, more children being born, and parishes packed with faithful Catholic families. What will it take? Men must lead.

DHS Docs Profile Military, Religious, and Trump Supporters as Likely Violent Terrorist Threats, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, MRC TV – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents were obtained by American First Legal (AFL) through its lawsuit that caused the intelligence group to be disbanded… According to an AFL report released Friday, the documents show “how the Biden Administration classifies someone as a person likely to commit ‘domestic violent extremist’ attacks, particularly those who support President Trump, are ‘in the military,’ or are ‘religious.’”

“What Will This Child Be?” by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing – “What will this child be?”… He would be the last and greatest prophet, the herald of his cousin Jesus, the Messiah. But he would also be the man who calls for moral reform of Israel, who demands conversion: both John’s and Jesus’s first words at the start of their public ministries are identical: “Repent.”… And John is not just the “social justice” guy, demanding that tax collectors not fleece payers nor soldiers bully civilians. He is also the “culture warrior” guy who makes an issue out of the tetrarch’s invalid marriage.

Tucker Carlson Tells Alex Jones Abortion is a Demonic ‘Offering to the Spirit World’, by Stephen Kokx

By Stephen Kokx, LifeSiteNews – Condemning abortion in a conversation with Alex Jones, Tucker Carlson opined, ‘There’s something about killing other people ritually as an offering to the spirit world that is a constant through human history… the only logical answer is because some outside force was telling them that, right?’

Rome’s Doctrine Watchdog Charges Pope Francis’ Chief Critic, Archbishop Viganò, with Schism, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, The Stream – Former Inquisition condemns Vatican whistleblower for rejecting Vatican II and denying Francis’s papal legitimacy… Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal ambassador to the U.S., is facing excommunication and defrocking after the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog authority (led by the controversial Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández) charged the high-profile whistleblower with the canonical crime of schism.

The Logic in All the Madness, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Most Americans believe it is unhinged to deliberately destroy the border and allow 10 million illegal aliens to enter the country without background audits, means of support, any claims to legal residency, and definable skills. And worse still, why would federal authorities be ordered to release repeat violent felons who have gone on to commit horrendous crimes against American citizens?

Saint of the Day for June 24: Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Franciscan Media – Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John….” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).

‘Do This in Memory of Me’: Eucharistic Art Exhibit Highlights Mystery of Jesus’ Real Presence, by Joseph Pronechen 

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – Among the many ways the Eucharist is being highlighted and honored during the current Eucharistic Revival is through a major sacred art exhibit called “Do This in Memory of Me.” The juried show now being hosted at the Knights of Columbus’ Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in New Haven, Connecticut, has 109 pieces of original sacred art from living artists chosen from more than 660 entries. ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: First Take the Log out of Your Own Eye

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 7:1-5 – “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? ….

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “It seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

Saint of the Day for June 24: Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Franciscan Media – Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John….” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).

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