By David Nussman, ChurchMilitant - Cardinal Raymond Burke says Church leaders have failed to defend Catholic moral teachings. He's also calling on the faithful to fight against moral evil, and be prepared to suffer… Above all, be brave. Do not let the idea overwhelm you that we can do nothing. Prepare to fight, also to suffer. This suffering can be both physical and social, eg ridicule, mockery, isolation, indifference. But there may also be persecution and imprisonment. But we must fight for what is our life, which is our eternal life. We cannot allow the Church to go in a false direction.
By Ryan Scheel, Founder and Editor, uCatholic - In the small parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, New Mexico, the faithful believe that a statue of Our Lady is miraculously “crying”… The pastor of the parish, Father Jose Segura, says parishioners noticed that the statue appeared to be crying after a Sunday mass… As a priest, I’ve been a bit incredulous about these types of phenomena. I don’t intend to be sensational, but God silenced me... “I asked if someone had poured water on her but that wasn’t the case. After Mass, we wiped her tears off and more came out. The statue doesn’t have any openings… We couldn’t understand. It also was emitting a strong scent of roses.”
By Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald - First of all, the most dangerous places to be a priest also happen to be countries that are by and large very religious. One thinks of Kenya, where numerous clergy are murdered every year, and Mexico, which has seen a spate of clergy murders of late, and is now considered the most dangerous place in the world to be a priest. This violence has many causes, but cannot be blamed on secularisation.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - In the first reading for Sunday (from Genesis) the Lord asks three important questions and sets into motion a “crucial” plan for our salvation. The word “crucial” is rooted in the Latin word for cross (crux or crucis). As such, it indicates something that is central by a coming together of the horizontal and vertical. It also points to a suffering that needs healing. Let’s look at each question in turn and then observe God’s saving plan.