By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register - Dec. 8, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX proclaiming St. Joseph as “Patron of the Universal Church.” The timing was providential, for several reasons. The date also celebrated the 16th anniversary of Pius IX’s proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception... With the declaration on that Dec. 8, Pope Pius IX called the day “sacred to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and Spouse of the Most Chaste Joseph.”
By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture - While today we have access to many more gifts from God than the Israelites had, when it comes to undertaking or holding back from any particular purpose in our lives, we do not have this one. Therefore, where the Israelites discerned through supereminent physical signs, we must typically discern spiritually. This is not always easy, but it does take the same sort of patience, as we try to “move” only in accordance with God’s will.
By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews - In a recent podcast with the U.S. Grace Force, exorcist Father Chad Ripperger provided reflections on how demonic activity has appeared to manifest itself in ongoing election fraud... “I think (the devil) is using people quite a bit,” Ripperger replied. “I think that’s the principal difficulty that we have — people who are, for lack of a better way of putting it, that they’re basically in league with him. They believe the same things that he does. They want the same goals.”
By R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange - What do we really need to live? No, not just survive, but to live a genuinely human life. Dostoyevsky, in his novel Demons, answers, even if he slightly exaggerates, in this way: “Man can live without science, he can live without bread, but without beauty he could no longer live, because there would no longer be anything to do to the world. The whole secret is here, the whole of history is here.” We might limp along, but could we really live without beauty?