Franciscan Media - John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s life. ...
By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture - We all have personal comfort zones. Priests generally live in a comfort-zone bubble, surrounded by friendly parishioners. Most parishioners, in contrast, enter daily into the lion’s den of a hostile secular workplace. So the very least a priest can do is support the faithful with orthodox teachings. Yet many priests and bishops hunger for cultural acceptance and allow politically-correct fashions to frame and influence their ministry.
By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing - A concept that has become an important part of critical race theory, third-wave feminism, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, post-modernism and probably a host of other “-isms” (that I’m not sophisticated enough to know of) is the notion that we must “deconstruct” “binary” oppositions that have been used to perpetuate and legitimize societal power structures that favor a specific group over another.
By Mark Danis, Integrated Catholic - Have you ever felt like you needed to get away for a while? The Apostles did, and Jesus seemed to understand they needed to find a secluded place where they could rest... The truth is that we all need to make time to get away to a secluded place where we can find rest, but that does not mean we have to go to a different physical location or that we must even leave our home.