By Deacon Scott Sparks, Integrated Catholic Life - My favorite definition of Free Will is the shortest explanation as well. God made you without you. God can’t save you without you. The same definition can be used for the Bible as well, especially the New Testament. Jesus is continually reminding us how to be saved... Jesus reminds us that the Ten Commandments are the baseline from which we can begin our path to holiness. Then Jesus gives us the Beatitudes which tell us how we need to behave on the path to holiness.
By Anthony Esolen, Crisis - And if you are drawn in, says Lewis, it will not be mainly for hope of gain, but for fear of being cast outside, just when the cup is nearest to your lips. From then on you will be drawn a little farther from the rules, and farther still, and all in a friendly spirit. The result is inevitable, though that does not mean that people will see it: "It may end in a crash, a scandal, and penal servitude; it may in millions, a peerage, and giving the prizes at your old school. But you will be a scoundrel."
By Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review - George Washington didn’t have Twitter. He didn’t have everyone everywhere seeming to be an expert on everything political, as we watch it all as one extremely entertaining and yet horrifying and anxiety-heightening reality-TV show. But, as Rick Brookhiser writes: We have our problems and distractions, but George Washington had his. If a great man took the trouble to behave well, so can we....
By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews - Pope Francis told Cardinal Gerhard Müller in 2013 to stop investigating abuse allegations against British Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, according to a highly-placed Vatican source who spoke to Marco Tossati. Murphy-O'Connor, as a member of the “Sankt [St.] Gallen mafia,” played a pivotal role in getting Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope in 2013.