By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents - Being protected from the hardships of life can be a good thing, especially for children, but what happens when suffering becomes inevitable? If we choose to live an authentic Christian life, we need an “antifragile” faith that, not only endures, but is strengthened by the suffering and hardships that will come. Fr. Mike encourages us to face adversity with joy, knowing that our faith will become more resilient as a result.
By Stephen J. Heaney, Crisis Magazine - Let us assume for the sake of argument that many priests and bishops are, in fact, interested in the truth, and are sincerely, if imperfectly, trying to be faithful to the deposit of faith with which they have been entrusted. I had a pastor once who spoke fearlessly on many issues, but would not give sermons on contraception because he would lose donations. This is just one small example of an “attitude of resignation with regard to the truth.”...
By Mr. Daniel Cerdeiras, Those Catholic Men - So what is a vocation? One aspect of it is that its a job. It is something we do to earn money, so we can buy food and supplies, and support ourselves and family in this world. What’s more, it is a social activity. Because civilization requires an economy, our work is in fact a social service. We constantly give and take, each profession providing needs for a customer or another profession.
By Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald - Pope Francis has written another letter in the wake of the revelations regarding clerical sex abuse in Pennsylvania. From start to finish, his latest “Letter to the People of God” is full of language we have seen before… It is devoid of practical considerations regarding the reform of clerical leadership worldwide, which many within and without the Church now universally recognise as necessary and urgent… The letter is, in a word, inadequate: like the statement from USCCB president Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, an exercise in misdirection, blame-shifting, and obfuscation.