By Msgr. Charles Pope - We are reading from Hebrews 12 in the Liturgy this week... which mentions, among the heroes of ancient Israel, Jepthe. More on that in a moment... But one of the most strange and horrifying stories of the Bible is the story of Jephthah and his ritual murder of his daughter. It is a tale of faith and piety gone terribly wrong and a teaching of what happens when error and false religion are substituted for the true faith. It is also a tale of how God can work even with the worst of us to accomplish his ends. Let’s look at this “fractured fable” of a story.
By Michele Chronister, Catholic Exchange - Mary of the Presentation would be a good patron for any mother facing postpartum depression, anxiety, or OCD... She surely must have envisioned Jesus’s presentation before that day. So much about her experience of motherhood was nothing like she had imagined. She became a mother in a most extraordinary way. She spent the last days of her pregnancy traveling and gave birth in a stable without her mother or female relatives assisting her. The first visitors were not family and friends doting on her newborn, but a ragtag team of shepherds. As one with total trust in God, Mary took it all in stride.
By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing - Sienkewicz was a Nobel-prize winning author of a great trilogy of Polish historical novels. But Quo Vadis, as you probably know, is about Rome in the time of Nero. It tells a story of widespread, underground conversion to Christianity, from the viewpoint of the decadent and powerful pagans in control... To become a Christian at the time of Nero was to fall in love with Christ so completely as to identify with him and prefer to die “with him” rather than to fail to live in his commandments.
By Matt Hadro, CNA - Bishop McElroy.. accused “some bishops” of making the issue of abortion a “litmus test” for Catholic politicians during the Biden presidency... These bishops, he said, “argue that abortion is not merely a ‘preeminent’ issue in Catholic Social Teaching, but rather constitutes the de facto litmus test for determining whether a Catholic public official is a faithful Catholic, and for determining whether the overall policy stances of non-Catholic officials can be considered morally legitimate.”... He added that “if adopted, such a position will reduce the common good to a single issue.”