By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Denver Catholic - As we approach Holy Week, I am returning to a meditation I have been making in my heart on Jesus’ statement to Pilate, “I came into the world to testify to the truth,” and over the next three days he did just that through his Passion, Death and Resurrection… The Church relives and celebrates Jesus’ testimony to the truth during the Triduum, the three final days of Holy Week known as Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. During these three days, we encounter Jesus in the gift of the Eucharist, his death for us, and his resurrection, in which sin and death are conquered.
By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that would prohibit abortions for unborn babies that have a detectable heartbeat, which can be found as early as six weeks into a pregnancy… "The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us — those who do not have a voice," DeWine said just before signing Senate Bill 23, or the Ohio Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act, into law on Thursday afternoon… "Government's role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end, to protect those who cannot protect themselves, such as the elderly, the unborn, those who are sick, those who have a disability, those who have a mental illness, or an addiction."
By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents - Fr. Mike’s words on how we pick up our cross may come as a relief to many of us. He rejects the “harder is holier” approach, and reminds us that taking up our crosses is ultimately about having more freedom… Christ says “My yoke is easy, and my is burden light” (Matthew 11:30). God has a particular task for each of us, and to pick up our cross means denying what we want for our lives so that we can do God’s will. After all, that is what we were made to do and the only way to truly be free.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - Voluntarism is the view that the will overrules the intellect and that truth is something asserted or willed rather than discovered by the intellect and proposed to the will for obedience. Voluntarism holds that something is true because one says it is so… Among the more extreme examples of this today is transgenderism. Although one’s sex is easily determined, most often by sight, some feel free to dismiss this evidence and simply assert that they are something else. If a man states that he is in fact female it is said to be true simply because he asserts it—and all are expected to overlook the obvious evidence to the contrary.