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Our Catholic President, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – For better or worse, Biden’s words and actions as president will shape how the Catholic faith is perceived and understood. For tens of millions of Americans, even a modest return to “normalcy” – to the familiar ways of our politics – will be a welcome change after the tumultuous years of the Trump administration. The outgoing president, and especially the events of recent weeks, has set that bar very low… For better or worse, Biden also takes office at a time when the opposition party is in disarray.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: All Pressed upon Jesus to Touch Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:7-12 – Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed; also from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from about Tyre and Sidon a great multitude, hearing all that he did, came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him; for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. …

Saint of the Day for January 21: St. Agnes

Franciscan Media – Almost nothing is known of this saint except that she was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred in the last half of the third century. Various modes of death have been suggested—beheading, burning, strangling… Legend has it that Agnes was a beautiful girl whom many young men wanted to marry. Among those she refused, one reported her to the authorities for being a Christian. …

Joe Biden Eats and Drinks His Own Spiritual Death, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – Yesterday morning at the grand Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington D.C., Joe Biden ate and drank his own spiritual death. That he received the Holy Eucharist from the hands of a Cardinal of the Church adds scandal upon scandal. One radio wag called it a mass for Planned Parenthood. And so, it was… Joe Biden is an enemy of the Catholic faith. This fact must be repeated as often as humanly possible. Joe Biden holds himself out as a faithful Catholic, yet he does not believe in the faith’s fundamental teachings about the human person or human sexuality.

CNA: In Unprecedented Move, Cardinal Cupich Criticizes USCCB Statement on Joe Biden

CNA – Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, used Twitter to issue a scathing criticism of the USCCB’s official statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden… In his four-part Twitter thread on Wednesday, Cardinal Cupich said that “the USCCB issued an ill-considered statement on the day of President Biden’s inauguration. Aside from the fact that there is seemingly no precedent for doing so, the statement, critical of President Biden, came as a surprise to many bishops, who received it just hours before it was released.”

Biden Will Sign Multiple Climate Change Orders on Wednesday, Reversing Trump Policies, by Andrew Trunsky

By Andrew Trunsky, The Stream, Daily Caller – President Joe Biden is expected to sign multiple executive orders aimed at combating climate change on his first day in office… The orders, which block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and temporarily halt oil and gas leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, would directly reverse policies implemented by former President Donald Trump… Biden’s move to kill the $8 billion pipeline, which would have carried hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil from western Canada to oil refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast ….

Why John Paul II Proclaimed Thomas More Patron of Politicians, by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – In the year 2000, John Paul II wrote a special apostolic letter proclaiming “St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen and Politicians.” In it, he gave several reasons why he believed Thomas More deserved this special title… There are many reasons for proclaiming Thomas More Patron of statesmen and people in public life. Among these is the need felt by the world of politics and public administration for credible role models able to indicate the path of truth at a time in history when difficult challenges and crucial responsibilities are increasing.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Concern for a Vague Translation in the Lectionary and a Missed Moment for Teaching

By Msgr. Charles Pope – For the record the Greek text is Φεύγετε τὴν πορνείαν (Pheugete ten porneian) which is accurately and easily translated: Flee fornication (sexual immorality). It is a powerful admonition in the Greek, and just about every other English version of the Bible, except the Revised New American Bible (RNAB). I checked twenty other translations, and they all say “Flee fornication” or “Flee sexual immorality.”… It is a clarion call to chastity that is so necessary to hear in this sex saturated culture?

Freedom of Speech Slipping Away, by Star Parker

By Star Parker, Guest Columnist, OneNewsNow – As the new Biden-Harris administration assumes power, the most basic American freedom of speech and expression is under unprecedented threat… For the first time ever, I am concerned about my freedom to do my work, to run a policy institute addressing issues of culture, race and poverty from a conservative perspective… Technology — the internet — which was largely nonexistent just 25 years ago, now plays a huge role in our lives as a tool of communication.

Nancy Pelosi Attacks Pro-Lifers for Supporting Trump, Saying They ‘Sold Out Democracy’, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – The pro-abortion Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has launched an attack on Catholics for their support for Trump’s pro-life polices, claiming that they were selling out “democracy” due to their opposition to the murder of the unborn… Pelosi made the comments a few days ago, when speaking to Hilary Clinton on the failed 2016 presidential candidate’s podcast “You and Me Both.”… The Speaker of the House made her attack upon Catholics, shortly after declaring Joe Biden to be a “unifier” for the country, saying that “women and minorities and LGBTQ people can thrive.”

Joe Biden Attends Church, Next He Will Fund Killing Babies in Abortions With Our Tax Dollars, by Steven Ertelt, Michaiah Bilger

By Steven Ertelt, Michaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Biden, his wife Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and her husband Douglas Emhoff, all attended church this morning. Sadly, as soon as late today or tomorrow, Joe Biden is expected to force Americans to send hundreds of millions of dollars to International Planned Parenthood so it can promote its abortion agenda across the globe. As the Bible calls Christians to share the message of Jesus Christ to everyone around the world, Biden will export abortion instead.

Trump Delivers Farewell Address: ‘Proud of What We Achieved Together,’ ‘Best Is Yet to Come’

 By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – “Four years ago we launched a great national movement to rebuild our country and renew its spirit,” Trump said. “I stand before you truly proud of what we achieved together. We did what we came here to do, and so much more.”… “This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” he continued… Trump thanked his family, who “fill[s] my world with light and with joy,” Vice President Mike Pence and his family, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, his cabinet, White House staff, secret service, and military and law enforcement across the country… “We are a nation of incredible, decent, and faith-loving citizens who want our nation to thrive and be good,” the president went on. “All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated.”

What Christ’s Body Does for Us, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, Catholic Exchange – Each year, as Maundy Thursday comes around, the Catholic Church celebrates three mysteries tightly bound together: the institution of the Holy Eucharist, the institution of the Christian priesthood, and the great commandment of charity. They are bound together for many reasons, but this one above all: God is asking us to love in a way that is impossible to our unaided human nature. The Word became flesh, the Word became Victim, the Word became food.

The Left Wants to Eliminate Competing Ideas, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – It was President Dwight Eisenhower who once wrote that “in a democracy debate is the breath of life.” Today, it seems as if the left wants to snuff that breath out. Competing ideas must be censored and even cancelled. Only PC groupthink will be tolerated… An Attempt to Deplatform a Christian Worldview from Public Debate… Back in 2012, GLAAD, which originally stood for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, launched its so-called “Commentator Accountability Project.”

Biden Pushes Leftist Sexual Ethic With HHS Pick, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – In an obvious nod to the radical identitarian Left, Joe Biden named Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary “Rachel” Levine as his new assistant secretary of health. Levine, formerly known as Richard, openly identifies as “transgender” and has been a member of the ironically named “Equality Pennsylvania,” an LGBT activist organization. Clearly for conservatives, there are serious problems with putting a demonstrably mentally ill science denier in the nation’s top healthcare position.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Is It Lawful… to Save Life or to Kill?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:1-6 – Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

Saint of the Day for January 20 – St. Sebastian

Franciscan Media – Almost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman martyr, was venerated in Milan even in the time of Saint Ambrose and was buried on the Appian Way, probably near the present Basilica of St. Sebastian. Devotion to him spread rapidly, and he is mentioned in several martyrologies as early as 350.

Republican Congressional Leaders to Join Pro-Abortion Biden for Pre-Inauguration Mass

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Republican congressional minority leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy will be joining incoming Democrat President Joe Biden and their Democrat counterparts Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi for a Catholic Mass, despite Biden’s (and Pelosi’s) longstanding rejection of key Catholic teachings. While McConnell and McCarthy are Baptists, Schumer is Jewish.

Catholic Pro-Life Hero Dies, by Martina Moyski

By Martina Moyski, Church Militant – Pro-lifers around the country are mourning the passing of the founder of the Pro-Life Action League… Joseph M. Scheidler, known as the “godfather of pro-life activism,” passed away on Monday at the age of 93… “The Pro-Life Action League is grieved to report the passing away of our founder … Joe died this morning peacefully, surrounded by the family of which he was so proud. May he rest in peace,” the organization he founded in 1980 tweeted yesterday.

China Calling Persecution ‘Autonomy’, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – The persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Western China continues, as the government works to eradicate the faith by imprisoning those who resist and forcing abortions on the women who violate the country’s official two-child policy – all while punishing the attorneys who take a stand for the people’s human rights…

Deadly Week Sees at Least 10 Bishops Die From COVID-19, by Inés San Martín

By Inés San Martín, Crux – A South African who’d been tapped by Pope Francis to replace Cardinal Wilfried Napier as archbishop of Durban died on Sunday of COVID-19… Archbishop Abel Gabuza was appointed by Francis as coadjutor of Durban in Dec. 2018, and had been in the hospital at least since Jan. 10, when Napier shared on Twitter that his coadjutor had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the ICU…

Doing Justice to St. Joseph (Part 2), by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – As a Catholic, I believe that “sola scriptura” is wrong. Scripture is not sufficient by itself as a rule of Christian faith. It’s obviously wrong, too, because Scripture cannot say what counts as Scripture or not. So the Church is necessary too… But perhaps you have tended to think of this matter along these lines: there are many things we need to believe as Christians, which are only implicit, or not even clearly stated, in Scripture. Baptism is the crucial sacrament of salvation. But infant baptism is taught only implicitly …

My Catholic Beliefs Landed Me in Twitter Jail, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – As we’ve all heard, Twitter and other social media platforms are intensifying their crackdown on any Wrong Opinions that might be expressed on their platforms. I decided to test Twitter’s policies by making the following tweet… I’m simply stating my own beliefs, which, although they are considered controversial today, are all simply statements of Catholic teaching or common sense… Well, Leftists are nothing if not predictable. A few days later I received a notice that this tweet had caused my account to be locked for “hateful conduct:”

Report: Joe Biden Set to Promptly Reverse Pro-Life Policies

Catholic News Agency – President-elect Joe Biden is expected to promptly roll back pro-life policies the Trump administration put in place, NBC News reported on Monday… Biden, who will become the second Roman Catholic president when he is sworn in to office on Jan. 20, is believed to be seeking to repeal the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule and the expanded Mexico City Policy.
The Protect Life Rule prevents organizations which perform or refer for abortions from receiving Title X family planning funds. It effectively stripped Planned Parenthood of approximately $60 million annually in federal funding.

“The Time is Coming When Everything That is Covered Up Will be Revealed…” St. Luke

Luke 12:2-3 – “The Time is Coming When Everything That is Covered Up Will be Revealed and ALL THAT IS SECRET WILL BE MADE KNOWN to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear” ~Posted by General Michael Flynn, Telegram on Jan. 18, 2021

It is Not the Kingdom of God Versus The Democrats, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – It’s one thing to take strong exception to many of the goals of the Democratic platform or to have grave concerns about where the left wants to take America. It’s another thing to view every Democrat as Satan incarnate and to justify despising and loathing them. Yet that is what many of us have done in the heat of the current political crisis… This is a dangerous outlook on life. It is one that also dishonors the Lord who created these people in His own image, not to mention sent His Son to die for them.

Censorship of Conservatives Easier Than Blocking Smut

By Robin Smith, Patriot Post – The quick and thorough crushing of political discourse shows how protecting children could be done… As the boiling pot of politics in the U.S. roils, Americans have been shown one more massive example of selective application of standards in the area of Big Tech and free speech. Parler, a social media app, was completely canceled based on its content and audience.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Son of Man Is Lord of the Sabbath

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:23-28 – One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him…

Saint of the Day for January 19 – St. Fabian

Franciscan Media – Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. This sign united the votes of clergy and laity, and he was chosen unanimously.

Joe Biden: Amnesty for Everyone Who Was Here on January 1, by Neil Munro

By Neil Munro, Breitbart – President-elect Joe Biden’s amnesty plan will reportedly provide the glittering prize of U.S. citizenship to everyone who can show they were in the United States illegally on January 1, if Congress passes the wage-cutting, nation-changing legislation amid a deep economic recession… “To qualify, immigrants must have been in the United States as of Jan. 1, a move meant to blunt any rush to the border,” according to a description provided “by transition officials” to the Washington Post.

LifeSiteNews: We are Reaching an Unthinkable ‘Level of Totalitarianism’: MD on Pandemic

By LifeSiteNews staff – Following a September 2020 interview with LifeSite’s Jim hale, Dr. Leland Stillman this time speaks out against the “dark collusion of government actors … and corporations,” which is stifling dissent among medical doctors and scientists, as it pertains to pandemic policies… Back in September, the young doctor had spoken out against forced vaccinations. Stillman had noted that a COVID-19 vaccine must not be made mandatory, and that forcing people to inject it only “serves certain special interests.”

The 10th Commandment Gives Fair Warning About Envy, by Donald DeMarco

By Donald DeMarco, National Catholic Register – The 10th Commandment reads: “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods”. This commandment is rich in implication. First of all, it applies to all of us equally. We are all equal in the eyes of God as moral beings. No one is exempt from the moral order… The word “covet” is synonymous with the more familiar term, “envy.” We are strongly advised, therefore, not to envy what our neighbor has that we may lack. Envy is a Deadly Sin.

Catholic Conscience and the COVID-19 Vaccine, by AnnaMaria Cardinalli

By AnnaMaria Cardinalli, Crisis Magazine – On Thursday, Vatican News confirmed that both Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis have received the currently available COVID-19 vaccines, themselves providing an example, ostensibly, for the Church as a whole. In the world’s eyes, I suspect this spells the end of any claim a Catholic might otherwise make for religious exemption to required reception of the current vaccines. If abortion-tainted vaccines are mandated….

Democrats Don’t Act Like People with Nothing to Hide, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Speaking of presidential inaugurations … can I share with you what disappointed me about Trump’s swearing in, four LONG years ago? I’d really hoped that at some point during the ceremony, Barack Obama had stood up to speak, taking the mic in hand as sometimes he liked to do… I wanted to hear him say, in his studied faux “urban” way: “My fellow Americans, there’s something I’ve wanted to share with you for eight long years. I think now’s at last the moment.” …

DC Archbishop and Pro-Abortion Joe Biden to Share Public Stage Before Inauguration, by Doug Mainwaring

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – On the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, Washington Archbishop Wilton Cardinal Gregory will join the former vice president and Kamala Harris to honor those who have died of COVID-19… Cardinal Gregory is slated to deliver the invocation at the event… “The memorial will feature the lighting … at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and hundreds of towns, cities, tribes, landmarks, and communities all across the country have committed to joining the tribute in a national moment of unity.”…

Trump Again Proclaims Anniversary of Roe v Wade, Jan 22, ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton,  Jan 18, 2021, LifeSiteNews – Every human life is a gift to the world.  Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God.  The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person.  On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.

AOC’s Hope: ‘Rein In’ the Press, Squash the Dissenters, by Steve Jordahl

By Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured) was live-streaming one of her kitchen-table video blogs on Tuesday when she was asked about the role media that reported on the apparent stealing of the 2020 election played in the Capitol riots. Freedom of the press definitely needs to be “reined in,” replied the leader of “The Squad”: Ocasio-Cortez: “There’s absolutely a commission that’s being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory in style rather than truth and reconciliation. So, I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Fasting or Feasting?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:18-22 – Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. …

Saint of the Day for January 18: St. Charles of Sezze

Franciscan Media – Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. God had something better for this 17th-century successor to Brother Juniper… Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the lives of Salvator Horta and Paschal Baylon to become a Franciscan; he did that in 1635. Charles tells us in his autobiography, “Our Lord put in my heart a determination to become a lay brother with a great desire to be poor and to beg alms for his love.”

Liberal Catholic Priest Claims Pro-Life Americans Responsible for Violent Capitol Riots, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – One Catholic priest is blaming his fellow church leaders for their strong condemnation of abortion, claiming their comments “helped spawn a hate-filled environment” that led to violence at the U.S. Capitol last week… In an essay this week at America magazine, Father James Martin criticized several Catholic bishops and priests for speaking out against abortion and President-elect Joe Biden’s stance on the issue, the Catholic News Agency reports.

CENSORSHIP! CNN Pushes to Close Down Newsmax TV, by Eric Mack

By Eric Mack, NewsMax – Apparently jolted by the fact Newsmax has skyrocketed to become the 4th highest-rated cable news channel in the country, the liberal CNN is decrying what it calls Newsmax’s “election denialism” and is seeking to have it “deplatformed” from cable and satellite systems across the nation… Oliver Darcy, CNN’s leftwing media critic, has been demanding cable operators drop Newsmax… “We are going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem,” Alex Stamos, a former Facebook chief security officer, told CNN’s Stelter. “These companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such bringing them into tens of millions of homes.”

The March for Life Throws in the Towel: Will It Ever Take Place Again? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The screws are turning, stuck pigs are squealing, and little critters are jumping ship. As the Democrat party and its allies seek total power over society, some among us are panicking, and doing the left’s work for it. Months ago, I worried to friends that COVID blah-blah yadda-yadda would be used as a pretext by Washington, D.C., to cancel the March for Life… That annual, lovely and hope-filled event has always been a bright spot on millions of calendars.

Race, Faith, and Justice: An African Catholic’s Perspective, by James Onochie

By James Onochie, Crisis Magazine – In the summer of 2020, from the quiet setting of my home office, I watched as many cities fell into manufactured implosions at the hands of the mob and cancel-culture. Up until that point, the general theme of 2020, in the wake of COVID-19, was unity to “stop” or to “slow the spread.” And so, as I watched the riots in response to the unfortunate death of George Floyd spread from city to city, under the blessing of municipal authorities and progressive politicians in office ….

Deacon Steven D. Greydanus: God, the Devil and the Capitol Attack

By Deacon Steven D. Greydanus, EWTN News – Every person in this church — from the people sitting in the last pew to those of you in the front to our celebrant and even me here in the ambo — every one of us is here because we have been called… Christ has called each of us. That’s why we are here, each one of us. We all had to get up this morning, get dressed, and make our way here, but we’ve done so in response to a call.

Dangerous Times for America, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – It’s a dire warning for the United States as the Left infiltrates all branches of government… Secular progressives taking over the White House and Congress are assaulting the First Amendment — this from prominent author and journalist Trevor Loudon… Loudon is sounding the alarm that dangerous times are ahead for the United States. He indicated the coming political landscape in his most recent book, White House Reds. The author recently shared with Church Militant some of these dire predictions.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Finding Peace in a Difficult Moment

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Like many of you I am both mystified and disoriented by the events of the past year: a pandemic, people walking around in masks, fear everywhere, racial strife, protests nearly all year long that frequently turned violent, and finally a contested election and an attack on the Capitol. My own neighborhood currently resembles Belfast more than it does Washington, D.C. Blockades topped with razor wire seem to be everywhere; bridges are blocked; people are warned not to enter the city on Wednesday (Inauguration Day).

BREAKING: DNI Ratcliffe Releases Report Showing China Interfered with the 2020 Election and CIA Management Pressured Analysts Not to Report It

By Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit – The EPOCH Times reported today: Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe assessed that China interfered in the 2020 federal elections, according to a letter transmitted to Congress… In the letter (pdf), Ratcliffe alleges that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by management at the CIA, which pressured analysts to withdraw their support for the view… “Based on all available sources of intelligence, with definitions consistently applied, and reached independent of political considerations or undue pressure—that the People’s Republic of China sought to influence the 2020 U.S. federal elections,” Ratcliffe wrote… Is this enough evidence to overturn the election?

Abp. Viganò on the Covid Vaccine

By Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, Church Militant – Vatican whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, has warned about the encroachment of globalist plans that threaten the sovereignty of nations and the ability of citizens to preserve their religious freedom. His open letter to President Trump in May warned that the COVID-19 pandemic was being used to usher in a “world government” resulting in permanent loss of personal freedoms. …

Humility: Between Pride and False Modesty, by Marc Massery

By Marc Massery, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception – Have you ever met someone who only ever seemed to want to talk about and draw attention to themselves? We can all be like that at times. In her Diary, St. Faustina says it well: How can one be pleasing to God when one is inflated with pride and self-love under the pretense of striving for God’s glory, while in fact one is seeking one’s own glory? (1139)… John the Baptist never sought his own glory.

Cong. Louie Gohmert Quotes Pelosi: ‘I Don’t Even Know Why There Aren’t Uprising All Over the Country; Maybe There Will Be’

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews , January 15, 2021 On Wednesday, addressing claims that President Donald Trump should be impeached for inciting a violent insurrection by his […]

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Many Sinners Were Sitting with Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:13-17 – He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them. And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.

Saint of the Day for January 16: St. Bernard and Companions

Franciscan Media – Preaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult enough; but martyrdom caps all the other sacrifices… In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, Accurs, Odo and Vitalis to preach in Morocco. En route in Spain, Vitalis became sick and commanded the other friars to continue their mission without him.

11 Questions the Left and Never Trumpers Can’t Answer Honestly, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – You’ll note that I mention “the Left” and “NeverTrumpers” separately. Lately it’s gotten harder and harder to tell them apart. In practical politics, they side together. Self-styled “conservatives” and Christians pretend that some profound moral principles prevent them from working with President Trump or his supporters.

How Can Society Claim to Value Life, Pro-Lifer Wonders, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – One year ago, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation for National Sanctity of Human Life Day: “Every person – the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly – has inherent value,” he stated. “As a Nation, we must remain steadfastly dedicated to the profound truth that all life is a gift from God, who endows every person with immeasurable worth and potential.”

WATCH! Pelosi Becomes Unusually Emotional, Shaky

TNII – Speaker Pelosi holds Press Conference after President Trump impeachment, January 15, 2021

Racing Canada to Tyranny, by Kennedy Hall

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – Kennedy Hall is the author of two books. He is married with four children and lives in Ontario, Canada. His work can be found at kennedyhall.ca… I imagine the majority of readers here at Crisis are from the great nation a couple hours south of my hometown. As a Canadian I grew up in a culture that was heavily influenced by all the good—and the bad—that comes from my southern neighbor, and I have great affection for the USA. But there is an ugly character trait that many Canadians revel in—namely, anti-Americanism.

‘Software Error’ Blamed for Huge Discrepancy in Vatican Money Transfers to Australia

By David McLoone, LifeSiteNews – The Holy See Press Office released a statement on Wednesday clarifying recent reports documenting that over $1.7 billion (AUS $2.3 billion) had been sent from official Vatican financial bodies to Australian accounts. The Holy See claims that the shocking number was actually the result of a “software error,” and that the value of the transfers did not exceed $7.4 million.

Liberal Catholic Priest Claims Pro-Life Americans Responsible for Violent Capitol Riots, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – One Catholic priest is blaming his fellow church leaders for their strong condemnation of abortion, claiming their comments “helped spawn a hate-filled environment” that led to violence at the U.S. Capitol last week… In an essay this week at America magazine, Father James Martin criticized several Catholic bishops and priests for speaking out against abortion and President-elect Joe Biden’s stance on the issue, the Catholic News Agency reports.

St. John Paul II’s Formula for Defeating Evil in the World, by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Altetia – In a message for the Word Day of Peace in 2005, the Polish pontiff explained his reasoning… For the theme of this 2005 World Day of Peace I have chosen Saint Paul’s words in the Letter to the Romans: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (12:21). Evil is never defeated by evil; once that road is taken, rather than defeating evil, one will instead be defeated by evil. The great Apostle brings out a fundamental truth: peace is the outcome of a long and demanding battle which is only won when evil is defeated by good.

Law and Disorder, by Jerry Newcombe

By Jerry Newcombe, The Stream – But those inside the Capitol were not typical of the vast majority of conservatives, including those who attended the D.C. meeting. Pastor and columnist Larry Tomczak was there. For wnd.com (1/6/21), he writes: The diverse crowd was overwhelmingly respectful but righteously angry. The gathered multitudes were a far cry from the boisterous, violent and destructive protests of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and far-left extremists.

Dorsey: ‘This Is Going to be Much Bigger Than Just One Account’, by Bronson Stocking

By Bronson Stocking, Townhall – In a new video provided to Project Veritas by an unidentified Twitter employee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey warns of further censorship following Twitter’s recent ban on the president of the United States… “We know we are focused on one account right now,” Dorsey said, in reference to his company’s decision to ban President Trump. “But this is going to be much bigger than just one account and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, and this week, and the next few weeks and go beyond the inauguration. ..”…

Opinion: Democrats Cling Desperately to Trump Hatred, by Conrad Black

By Conrad Black, American Greatness – These are among the darkest days of American democracy. With nearly airtight totalitarian uniformity, the American media robotically repeat that there is no possible argument to be made that the 2020 presidential election produced an unjust result. In the same magical spirit of post-electoral unanimity, President Trump has been condemned for his remarks to hundreds of thousands of his supporters in Washington on January 6, and it is now a political commandment that he is responsible for the ensuing illegal forced entry and fatal violence at the US Capitol.

 Br. Juan Macias Marquez: Glowing in Christ

By Br. Juan Macias Marquez, O.P., Catholic Exchange – As consecrated religious, our habit is a sign of our total self-gift to God. But our Dominican habits also symbolize, in a certain way, the life of every Christian. Just as we are reminded of God’s presence and actions in our lives when putting on the habit each day, each Christian should remember that he has put on white garments through baptism. Christ has won us eternal life, and when we are incorporated into his body in baptism, we begin already here below to shine with the brilliance of his Transfiguration.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: We Never Saw Anything like This!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:1-12 – And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. …

Saint of the Day for January 15: St. Paul the Hermit

Franciscan Media – It is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact… Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age 15. He was also a learned and devout young man. During the persecution of Decius in Egypt in the year 250, Paul was forced to hide in the home of a friend. Fearing a brother-in-law would betray him, he fled in a cave in the desert. …

Persecution of Christians Worsening Under COVID, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – For the 37th time, Open Doors USA has released its annual “World Watch List” of nations where Christians are most persecuted. Among the top ten on this latest 50-country list are Nigeria, Iran, Somalia, and Afghanistan. But for the 20th year in a row, North Korea tops the list – and for a number of reasons, according to Open Doors CEO David Curry.

On Luxuries, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – Luxury is a shower, when the hot water is working. I was just reflecting on this, yesterday morning… There may be greater luxuries, but I am thinking now only of the High Doganate, where I live, and in which I am locked down. (It is a “low-rent” flat in Toronto; where there are no low rents.)… But it is not the only luxury. The chicken curry up here is another; and my lime pickle is to die for. Well, that last remark was hyperbolical.

Boys to Men, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – Many years ago, in an article for Touchstone called, “A Requiem for Friendship,” I wrote that the public acceptance of homosexuality would cast suspicion on physical expressions of friendship among males, and would make it more difficult for boys to forge strong friendships in the first place, especially if such boys were shy, or not athletic. I said that all civilizations have been built upon those bonds: the team, the platoon, the guild, the hunting party, the council, the work crew, the school.

Can We Fight the Deep State, the Hive Mind, That Rules Us? by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – It’s time to admit it now. Trump fought the Borg, and the Borg won. Not that he engaged the Deep State skillfully or systematically. He didn’t. Was it his fault? Not entirely… Few Americans suspected exactly how systemic the rot was. Trump certainly didn’t. Or else he would have responded to the Russia collusion hoax by disbanding the FBI. Then building a new agency from scratch, with lawmen from small towns in the South. Chuck Schumer warned Trump that the Deep State would have its revenge, and so it did.

Media Touts Biden as Catholic Unifier, by Paul Murano

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – The mainstream media is celebrating Joe Biden’s message of healing and unity — and crediting his phony Catholic faith… The Washington Post is the latest media outlet to fawn over Biden’s anti-Catholic message, which actually places him outside of communion with the Catholic Church… Biden strongly supports same-sex “marriage” and presided over a so-called marriage of two men at his home in Delaware. He is a staunch supporter of the choice to kill preborn children in abortion. And he says there are at least three genders.

BLM Activist Who Infiltrated Trump Supporters and Led Capitol Riots is Arrested, Charged, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The liberal media narrative of the Capitol riots last week was that pro-life conservative Trump supporters were behind storming the Capitol. But a BLM activist has been arrested for his role in infiltrating the Trump voters outside the Capitol and urging them to riot and destroy property… Radical BLM activist John Sullivan has been charged with participating in and urging the Capitol riots. He’s a leftist who founded a group called Insurgence USA and was interviewed on CNN by Anderson Cooper to talk about his liberal advocacy.

Bp. Strickland: Christians Need ‘to Be Ready for a New Age of Martyrdom’

By LifeSiteNews staff – In this episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland focuses his attention on the importance and need for Christians to prepare for martyrdom in whatever form and whenever it may come… Strickland and host Terry Barber talk about the proclamation from President Trump last month on the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. Bishop Strickland called the proclamation from the president a form of “true leadership.”

8 Hopeful Signs for the Pro-Life Movement in 2021, by Catherine Hadro

By Catherine Hadro, EWTN News – The pro-life movement has been marked by deep hope throughout its entire existence. Now, as we prepare for the Biden-Harris administration, and the extreme abortion agenda the Democratic ticket campaigned on, we cannot lose sight of the pro-life strides still possible in the coming year. With that, here is my list of eight things that bolster my hope for the pro-life cause in 2021.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Lord Jesus Can Make Me Clean

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 1:40-45 – And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

Saint of the Day for January 14: St. Gregory Nazianzen

Franciscan Media – After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory was ordained a priest practically by force, and only reluctantly accepted the responsibility. He skillfully avoided a schism that threatened when his own father made compromises with Arianism. …

After He’s Impeached, Trump ‘Unequivocally’ Condemns ‘the Violence That We Saw Last Week.’ by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – President Donald Trump, speaking to the nation Wednesday evening through a video posted on the White House Twitter site, “unequivocally” condemned the “troubling events of the past week.”… He said “no true supporter” of his would engage in such vandalism and violence, and he said there should be no repeats: There has been reporting that additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days, both here in Washington and across the country. I have been briefed by the U.S. Secret Service on the potential threats.

Fr. Ed Broom: Patience: The Virtue We All Need (Oct. 2017)

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – There is not one person in the world who could say that he does not need the virtue of patience. Jesus said:  By your patience you will save your soul. Given that this virtue is universal and not easy to attain, it shall be our topic for conversation in this brief article!

Msgr. Charles Pope: Welcome to “Ordinary Time”

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Welcome to the wearing of the green, green vestments that is. The weeks of the year outside of seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter are termed “ordinary time.” It’s a rather dull-sounding description, isn’t it? “Ordinary” time, hmm … But in this case, the word “ordinary” does not refer to its typical meaning: “common, usual, or unremarkable.” Instead, it comes from the English word “ordinal” meaning “relating to a thing’s position in a series.” …

Now Comes the Question: Will You Follow Jesus No Matter What? by Tom Gilson

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – Actually, I’m sure we aren’t. American Christianity is weak, divided, unsure of its theology, unaware of reasons for belief, and too content in American normalcy. That adds up to serious spiritual anemia. Yet here we are, staring down the real possibility of significant oppression. The question comes down to this: Are we willing and prepared to follow Jesus, no matter what?… That’s the issue. I predict that for Christians that will become the question of the year.

Lockdowns: An Abortion Argument, by David G Bonagura, Jr.

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing – The irony is sickening. For decades we have heard the shrieks in defense of abortion and birth control: “Keep the government out of my uterus!” “My body, my choice!” “No woman can call herself free,” said Margaret Sanger, “who does not control her own body.”… Democratic politicians have long supported abortion with this line of reasoning. Most recently, in signing the Reproductive Health Act into law in 2019, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that “women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body.”

President Trump Blocks Products From Xinjiang, China, Where Uighurs Forced to Have Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Errtelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump is taking action against communist China, which is persecuting minorities… The Trump administration has announced that the U.S. will block cotton from the Uighur region of China, where the communist government engages in human rights abuses such as forced abortions and sterilizations. The U.S. will bar entry of all cotton products and tomatoes from the region.

An Eyewitness Tells What Really Happened the Day of the Capitol Storming, by Thomas P. Smith

By Thomas P. Smith, LifeSiteNews – The Save America Rally, sponsored by Women For America First, was a totally separate happening from what took place inside the Capitol building. We’re still waiting for the media to figure that out. Yawn. Even so, they’re too biased to be honest and truthful enough to report the distinction so others around the world can know the difference, too. Trump was right when he exclaimed in his rally address that the biggest enemy of the country is the media. Our so-called “eyes” and “ears” are neither.

Opinion: A Catholic Response to Chaos: Cultivate Your Gardens with Confidence, by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – To put it simply and obviously, Americans must be good if this country is to be great, and what we all saw last week were not the actions of good people. We all have to do our part in being hardworking, honest, decent folk, who live by our Faith, care for our families, and look after our neighbors. It is in these smaller circles of community and local government that the principle of subsidiarity comes into political effect to affect the federal government, the Congress, and the presidency.

‘Great Reset’ Warnings, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this in September: “This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.”… Cardinal Raymond Burke had this to say last month in a homily about the Wuhan virus: “What is clear, however, is that it has been used by certain forces, inimical to families and to the freedom of nations, to advance their evil agenda.”

Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Rule Saving Babies From Abortions, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Supreme Court has upheld a pro-life ruled issued by President Donald Trump that will help save babies from abortions… The Trump administration appealed the initial ruling and said it would be safer for women to see a doctor first because the drug can kill or injure women in certain medical situations… Today, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Trump administration can enforce the pro-life rule and lifted a nationwide injunction against it.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: The Power of Silence for Baptized Souls

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – St. Peter teaches us that, from the moment God “anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power,” Jesus “went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38) His silence at His baptism bore fruit in deep inner conviction about who He was and His mission in this world. This silence allowed Him to be constant and generous in His mission in a dark and hurting world.

What is the Holy Cloak of St. Joseph? by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – One of the most popular devotions to St. Joseph is called the “Holy Cloak Novena.” It consists of a series of prayers said for 30 consecutive days, in memory of the 30 years that some believe St. Joseph lived as Jesus’ foster father… At the same time, the novena is based, in part, on the belief that there exists an actual cloak of St. Joseph that is kept in a church in Rome.

Msgr. Charles Pope: 5 More Hard Truths We’ve Come to See with 2020 Vision

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Over the past nine months, the Church has given the impression that the sacraments are not all that relevant and that we have little to offer during a crisis. We must never allow this to happen again… In the first part of this reflection we reviewed the painful year of 2020, focusing on the social and political ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. This installment examines the Church’s response to the situation.

(Catholic) Biden’s Promise to Codify Roe, by Gerard V. Bradley

By Gerard V. Bradley, First Things – At an October campaign event, Biden made the promise his own. Asked what he would do about abortion in light of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Biden noted the “expectation” that Barrett would vote to overrule Roe. He then declared: “The only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation making Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.”

Welcome to the Twitter Rapture, by Jason Morgan

By Jason Morgan, Crisis Magazine – On January 8, 2021, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banned President Donald J. Trump for life. The opportunity for virtue signaling proved irresistible to Dorsey. After the debacle in the Capitol on January 6, Dorsey did what he had been wanting to do for years: cleansed his platform of dissent. Democracy means that the Democrats say what is what. Dorsey made sure that there would be no questioning, by the people, of the “people’s will.” …

Leftmedia Aims to Cancel Independent Citizen Journalists, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – The old adage states, there are always two sides to every story. Well, according to today’s Democrats and Leftmedia, such a notion is no longer applicable. In fact, in America today the “other side of the story” is down right dangerous and must be squelched at every opportunity, and leftist Big Tech has been convinced to help do just that… It’s all about controlling the “news” that Americans receive in order to control how Americans think.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Healed Many Who Were Sick

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 1:29-39 – And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. …

Saint of the Day for January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers

Franciscan Media – This staunch defender of the divinity of Christ was a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity, and was like his Master in being labeled a “disturber of the peace.” In a very troubled period in the Church, his holiness was lived out in both scholarship and controversy. He was bis Poitiers in France.

For Our Leftist Elites, the Double Standard’s Meant to Be Blatant. That’s the Point, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The same liberals who insist that we can’t pass anti-porn laws, for fear of censorship, applaud when social media monopolies silence conservatives and Christians. They snickered when Trump was tossed off Twitter, allegedly for encouraging “violence.” They laughed out loud when alternative platform Parler was shut down entirely… You and I can’t help it. We’re driven to point out the gaping double standard, the manifest unfairness. But we should be careful to manage our expectations. If we think it accomplishes anything to point up this injustice, we’re probably wrong. Because … stay with me here … the injustice is the point.

Turley: ‘We are Witnessing the Death of Free Speech on the Internet’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Jonathan Turley, a professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, constitutional scholar, and columnist, said the censorship tactics of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter present a “major threat to free speech,” and raise questions about a new form of “state media where companies advance an ideological agenda with political allies.”

BREAKING: Trump calls Big Tech Censorship ‘a Catastrophic Mistake’, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – President Donald Trump has called out Big Tech for silencing both himself and many other conservative voices in the past few days, calling it a “terrible mistake” that is “very, very bad for our country.”… Speaking at Joint Base Andrews prior to flying out to Alamo, Texas, the president briefly talked to the gathered media, focusing on the huge and sudden explosion of Big Tech censorship which has seen Trump banned from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as other platforms, in just a matter of days.

Push for Impeachment, by Paul Murano 

By Paul Murano, Church Militant – … the Democratic Party would love to cancel the MAGA movement permanently… maybe, Democrats are hiding something they fear could come out between now and Jan. 20… Two laptop computers were stolen from the Capitol building — one from Pelosi’s office. Could there be something on those computers that motivates their urgency? Or do they fear Trump may unveil something under the radar that may be damaging to the Democrats?

‘This Fight Is Inside the Gates Today’: Pompeo Warns Lawmakers of the Chinese Communist Party, by Kristina Wong

By Kristina Wong, Breitbart – Secretary of State Michael Pompeo warned lawmakers that the threat from the Chinese Communist Party is “inside the gates” during a meeting with House Republican lawmakers on Friday… Pompeo told members of the conservative Republican Study Committee that as a former lawmaker, he is aware of the threat posed by China but that he did not appreciate “the scope and the scale and the nature” of how close the threat is until he became Central Intelligence Agency director… “This fight is inside the gates today …

Watch! Fr. Jeffrey Kirby: The Horror of Socialism (Reposting from 1/7/2021)

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, Grace Lily Productions, Jan 7, 2021 – Daily Mass – Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Indian Land SC

Founder’s Quote

“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.” —Benjamin Franklin (1722)

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus Taught with Authority

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

Saint of the Day for January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Franciscan Media – “God closes a door and then opens a window,” people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone else’s. That was certainly true in Marguerite’s case. Children from European as well as Native American backgrounds in 17th-century Canada benefited from her great zeal and unshakable trust in God’s providence.

The Pope’s Video on Fraternity? Let’s Go Deeper. by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – A video promoting universal fraternity, posted by the Vatican on Pope Francis’s Twitter account (Pontifex), has raised more than a few eyebrows. Because the video continues Pope Francis’ now common emphasis on reciprocal respect and charity among people of all religions, the video has prompted fresh discussions of the growing problem of universalism, or the idea that there are many paths to God, and all of them are valid.

Missouri is the First Abortion-Free State After Last Abortion Center Stops Killing Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Recently, Operation Rescue confirmed that the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, the only licensed abortion facility in Missouri, is not aborting unborn babies – and hasn’t been for months… “While the [St. Louis] Planned Parenthood remains open and licensed for abortions, we confirmed that none are being done there. … There is no operational abortion facility in the State of Missouri, making it the first Abortion-Free State at this time,” Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said last week.

Why is Pelosi Impeaching Trump? Why the Censorship? What Are They So Scared Of? by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – Joe Biden’s inaugural theme will be “America United” … just days after he implied that those who didn’t vote for him are white nationalist Nazis … and his Big Tech and Big Business partners have launched a jihad against Trump supporters … and as Nancy Pelosi launches her latest impeachment farce… Joe must be taking hits from Hunter’s crack pipe…

The Republic Has No Clothes, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, Church Militant – At the sight of tattooed, horned men loping around the U.S. Capitol and some jester squatting in Speaker Pelosi’s chair, it would take a man with a heart of stone to witness it all without laughing. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde… Wait. What did Zmirak just say? Doesn’t he realize that a bunch of goons getting rowdy in the people’s own house is The Worst Thing Ever to Happen in America? That it discredits populism, Donald Trump, and the Christian credentials of every person who ever supported him? …

LifeSiteNews: Supreme Court Rules Hospital May Not Kill Baby Girl on Life Support

By LifeSiteNews staff – The Supreme Court of the United States rejected a preliminary plea of Cook Children’s Medical Center to pull the plug on Baby Tinslee Lewis against her mother’s will. Baby Tinslee’s fight for her life began November 2019 when the Fort Worth hospital moved to end the child’s life against her mother’s will under the deadly Texas 10-Day Rule. Her court case struck a massive blow to the anti-Life statute in a Texas appeals court, and Cook Children’s sought to overturn the decision. …

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Censorship: Time to ‘Put Wokeism to Sleep’, by Kristina Wong

By Kristina Wong, Breitbart – “I read that some VOA employees didn’t want me to speak here today. I’m sure it was only a handful. They didn’t want the voice of American diplomacy to be broadcast on the Voice of America. Think about that for just a moment,” he said.
“This kind of censorial instinct is dangerous. It’s morally wrong. Indeed, it’s against your statutory mandate here at VOA. Censorship, wokeness, political correctness. It all points in one direction — authoritarianism cloaked as moral righteousness,” he said.

Will Catholics Ever Return to Mass? by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – Faithful Catholics in America have long lamented the dreadful Mass attendance numbers of the past half century. In 1970, 55% of American Catholics attended Mass; by 2019, that number had dropped to little over 20%. It’s clear that most self-identifying Catholics don’t think it’s obligatory, or even beneficial, to participate in the “source and summit” of the Catholic Faith on a regular basis.

How Our Lady Gave Us The Miraculous Medal: The Supernatural Vision of St. Catherine Labouré

By ChurchPOP Editor – The miraculous medal is a powerful sacramental… Our Lady presented the Miraculous Medal to French nun St. Catherine Labouré in 1830 in Rue du Bac, Paris. St. Maximilian Kolbe was also particularly devoted to this sacramental, as he recognized its power in assisting with conversions.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Wading in the Troubled Water Saves You, Not Taking a Bridge Over It – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord provides a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow. And in these waters He acquires gifts to give us, as we shall see below.

First Lady Melania Trump Issues an Op-Ed on ‘Our Path Forward’, by Katie Pavlich

By Katie Pavlich, Townhall – As I said over the summer, it is these defining moments that we will look back and tell our grandchildren that through empathy, strength, and determination, we were able to restore the promise of our future. Each of you are the backbone of this country. You are the people who continue to make the United States of America what it is, and who have the incredible responsibility of preparing our future generations to leave everything better than they found it.

Pro-Abortion Pelosi ‘Welcomes’ 45 Pro-Lifers to 117th Congress

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Carol Tobias, who leads National Right to Life Committee, says there is excitement because rookie lawmakers who are proudly pro-life number at least 45 in the House… “The unborn babies are going to have even more voices speaking up for them in the House of Representatives this year,” she tells One News Now… Lost among President Donald Trump’s loss was huge gains Republican candidates made on Election Day in the Democrat-led House.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: The Kingdom of God Is at Hand

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word- Mark 1:14-20 – Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

 Saint of the Day for January 11:  Blessed William Carter

By Franciscan Media – Born in London, William Carter entered the printing business at an early age. For many years he served as apprentice to well-known Catholic printers, one of whom served a prison sentence for persisting in the Catholic faith. William himself served time in prison following his arrest for “printing lewd [i.e., Catholic] pamphlets” as well as possessing books upholding Catholicism.

Ashli Babbitt — Will the Catholic Bishops Remember Her Name? by Martin Barillas

By Martin Barillas, Church Militant – Thousands of Antifa and BLM supporters marched this summer, burning their way through neighborhoods after the unarmed, habitual criminal George Floyd was arrested and died in the custody of Minneapolis police. The Catholic bishops joined the media and shills for the Democratic Party in expressing shock at the killing, while authorities stood by as rioting, looting and burning became the favored means of political expression by the Left

WATCH! Gab’s Statement on Apple and Google’s Tyranny

By Andrew Torba, CEO, Gab.com – If your business is built on the backs of Silicon Valley tyrants (Apple, Google, et al) they can and will attempt to destroy you if and when you become a threat to their interests… They did this to Gab. Then Fortnite. Now Parler… Terrible content of all kinds is available on Twitter and Facebook… Everyone on the planet knows this fact… Yet both companies are on both App Stores. …

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation On the Mystery of Time, by Msgr. Charles Pope

By Msgr. Charles Pope – I began our New Years Eve adoration at 11:00 AM with the observation that we begin this prayer in one year, and end in another. New Years Eve features the mysterious passage from one year to another. In a way I suppose it is no more mysterious than the passage from Tuesday to Wednesday or from 10:00 AM to 10:01 AM… In one sense, nothing could be simpler than time. What time is it? It is 1:15. Simple! But time has mysteries about it… What is time? Some say it is merely a measure of change. But that doesn’t really make a lot of sense since change doesn’t happen at a steady pace at all.

The National Catholic Reporter Calls for Reprisals Against Catholic Trump Supporters, by Deal W. Hudson

By Deal W. Hudson, Crisis Magazine – The Biden Catholics at the National Catholic Reporter are feeling righteous. The editorial staff has demanded that the Catholic supporters of President Trump “confess their complicity in the failed coup.”… Beginning with the fact that there was no attempted “coup,” the NCR crowd has provided much high-flying moral outrage worthy of an SNL sketch—“Sackcloth and ashes should not be out of the question, but it will take more than a confession.”

Press Release: Votes Switched throughout U.S. Presidential Race, by Marjorie Meyers

By Marjorie Meyers, Nations In Action – An employee of the 8th largest global defense contractor, Leonardo SpA, provided a shocking deposition detailing his role in the most elaborate criminal act affecting a US election. Corroborating the DNI Ratcliff’s report of international intrusion, Arturo D’elio outlined the scheme that proved successful in using Leonardo computer systems and military satellites located in Pescara, Italy. …

Saints Who Lived in Times of Great Unrest, by Meg Hunter-Kilmer

By Meg Hunter-Kilmer, Aleteia – After a year of uncertainty, fear, and suffering on a global scale, many of us found ourselves counting down the months to 2021 with some hope that the new calendar year would bring an end to the “unprecedented times” we’ve been suffering through since March. But the end of 2020 didn’t erase the pandemic, restore the global economy, or settle any nation’s political turmoil. Fortunately, we know that saints are forged in times of unrest ….

President Trump Slams Twitter for Suspending Him: This is “Banning Free Speech”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump slammed Twitter for suspending his personal account on Friday, saying that the action is tantamount to “banning free speech.”… The social media giant Twitter has suspended President Donald trump’s account after falsely claiming he promoted rioting and violence. In a statement on its twitter Support account, twitter official claimed that Trump’s recent Twitter posts were “in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy.”

In Some Videos, Capitol Police Appear to Let Protestors Into US Capitol, Pose for Selfies, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – In a video released on Twitter that now has over 33 million views, U.S. Capitol police can be seen quietly forfeiting barricades and allowing some protesters access to the Capitol building during a protest Wednesday… At least one protester appeared already to have entered the restricted area… Videos from different parts of the protest show different interactions between police and protesters.

Another Sort of Reset, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Still, to me, his case is a sharp reminder that we all need to break out of the hot-houses of thought and action that we tend to create, insulating ourselves from reality, never more so than in modern technological societies, particularly just now by the digital revolution. And the lockdowns this year, which drove many of us to increased screen time, only made bad things worse.

“She Will Come”: The Supernatural Power of Our Lady’s Name Against the Gates of Hell

By Msgr. Stephen Rosetti, Church Pop – The young woman was possessed by hundreds of demons with Satan himself personally leading them. But the more difficult the case, the stronger the graces God gives… In this case, I knew that we would need the very best God could send… We were coming close to the end, after countless hours of ugly and painful sessions. The demons were getting weaker and were now more obedient, much to their dismay… I commanded them, in the name of Jesus, to tell us, “When will you leave and by what means?”

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Deeper Look from Scripture at What Afflicts Us

Msgr. Charles Pope – In a pandemic, and after a summer of violence, a contentious election and now more violence, a reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah is striking  by the fact that the ancient diagnosis of Israel applies to our times as well. By the following I don’t intend a commentary on the events of the last few days. Rather, I think the text from Isaiah and my remarks seek to go to a deeper and wider level of what ails us and has been growing for decades

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Joy of Mine Is Now Full

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:22-30 – After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized. For John had not yet been put in prison.

Saint of the Day for January 9: St. Adrian of Canterbury

By Franciscan Media – By Franciscan Media – Though Saint Adrian turned down a papal request to become Archbishop of Canterbury, England, Pope Saint Vitalian accepted the rejection on the condition that Adrian serve as the Holy Father’s assistant and adviser. Adrian accepted, but ended up spending most of his life and doing most of his work in Canterbury.

Can We At Least Agree on This?

By Michael Brown, The Stream – We should all hate what God hates and loves what He loves… Does He hate the shedding of innocent blood? So should we. Does He hate a lying tongue? Does He hate the spreading of dissension between brothers and sisters? Does He hate haughtiness and pride? So should we… We can always find things that divide us, but we should major on the things that unite us, and unite around what is important to God… Does He love mercy? Does He love justice? Does He love compassion? Does He love righteousness? So should we.

The Dead End of Human Fraternity, by Timothy Flanders

By Timothy Flanders, Crisis Magazine – Fraternity born of Adam—human fraternity itself—is the fraternity of death and slavery to Satan. But Jesus Christ brings the true liberty and fraternity “not such as the Freemasons absurdly imagine, but such as Jesus Christ obtained for the human race…the liberty, We mean, of sons of God, through which we may be free from slavery to Satan or to our passions, both of them most wicked masters; the fraternity whose origin is in God, the common Creator and Father of all” (Leo XIII, Humanum Genus, 34).

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT On Social Media Censorship, by Allum Bokhari

By Allum Bokhari, Breitbart – President Donald Trump tweeted from the official @POTUS account following his permanent ban from Twitter, condemning the company’s censorship and signaling that he intends to move to a new social network, or build a replacement. The tweets promptly disappeared from the account… The message from the President briefly appeared on the @POTUS account before disappearing. It is not clear if Trump or another person with access to the account deleted the posts, or if Twitter did so itself.

Opinion: Worrisome Signs the Capitol Breach was Planned to Discredit Trump Supporters: An Eyewitness Account, by Antonio R. Chaves

It may be weeks before we fully understand the fallout from the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol building. The prevailing consensus from conservative talk radio hosts and editors is that this event provided ammunition to Trump’s enemies and gave squishy Republicans an excuse to abandon their objections to the certification of Biden’s electors.

Twitter Refuses to Remove China’s Tweet Celebrating Forced Abortions: “Not a Violation, by Steven Ertelt of Our Policies”

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Social media giant Twitter frequently censors pro-life conservatives but is refusing to remove a tweet from communist China celebrating forcing women to have abortions… As LifeNews.com reported, the Chinese Communist government celebrated a decline in births Thursday in a region where it has aggressively persecuted minorities by forcing them to abort their unborn babies… Chinese Embassy in the U.S. treated the report as good news, even highlighting how its government’s “process of eradicating [religious] extremism” contributed to the declining birth rates.

The Truth About the 2020 Election is Far More Sinister Than You Think, by John-Henry Westen

By John Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – The election in the United States was manipulated massively in order to favor Joe Biden. And not only that, the mainstream media’s narrative about the election is false but its power of influence is so immense, it’s creating division among the best defenders of the truth… This past week has been unbelievable! We need to pray like never before. The truth has become obvious in some ways, yet the falsehoods are so effective that the vast majority of good people are being deceived.

D.C. Cardinal’s History With Dubious Dem, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Cardinal Wilton Gregory and Raphael Warnock have a history of collaborating and praising one another for environmental activism and community service… In 2015, when Gregory was archbishop of Atlanta, Warnock backed the prelate’s social media campaign in response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Sí… “The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Atlanta introduces our ‘Refresh’ campaign, which encourages Pope Francis’ message and engages our community to look at new and exciting ways we can ‘Care for Our Common Home,'” a

Donald Trump Dodges Permanent Twitter Ban by Using Government Account: ‘We Will Not Be SILENCED!’

By Charlie Spiering, Breitbart – The president sent the message from the @POTUS account on Twitter after the social media platform permanently banned his @realDonaldTrump account… Trump said he would negotiate with other social media sites to find a new online platform and even suggested that he would look into building his own platform in the future… “We will not be SILENCED!” he wrote.

WATCH: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby: The Horror of Socialism – HOMILY

By Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, Grace Lily Productions, Jan 7, 2021 – Daily Mass – Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Indian Land SC

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Reflection on the Virtue of Patriotism in a Time of National Distress

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Yesterday, January 6th (the official day of Epiphany) was quite and epiphany of its own,. Currently in our country we are dramatically and almost evenly divided. The huge crowd that gathered yesterday was largely peaceful and came to express concerns about the conducting of the last election. Fine; and probably worth further investigation. …

Padre Pio Was Known as a “Nerd” During Childhood

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – When thinking about the famous St. Padre Pio, the word “nerd,” doesn’t usually get used. However, that is exactly how is he was described by someone who knew him as a child… In the biography Padre Pio: The True Story published by Our Sunday Visitor, the saint’s early childhood is described in colorful terms. It clearly shows how he began life as “a boy like any other.”

Facebook, Instagram Close President Trump’s Accounts: ‘The Risks … Are Simply Too Great’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – As the Media Research Center (MRC) has documented, “Big Tech companies,” such as Facebook and Twitter, “outraged at President Donald Trump’s win in 2016, put everything they had into ensuring that he would lose in 2020.”… Facebook and Twitter censored numerous news stories in 2019-20 to protect Joe Biden and damage Donald Trump.

The Emperor’s Ugly Clothes: Western Cultural Imperialism Dressed Up in a Liberal Congressional Prayer, by Tom Gilson

By Tom Gilson, The Stream – I’ll let others deal with “awoman.” I was a whole lot more interested in his Eurocentric reference to “God known by many names by many different faiths.” I know he meant it as a sign of respect. Religious liberals do it all the time, usually because they don’t want to put anyone’s Christianity over anyone else’s beliefs. As with so much else in the liberal world, though, it’s a massive fail, a total self-contradiction.

How a Nonprofit Helped Flip the Senate: Billionaire Bucks, by Chris Woodward, Billy Davis

By Chris Woodward, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – The controversy centers around the non-profit Center for Tech and Civic Life, which columnist Michelle Malkin describes as a “deep-pocketed liberal advocacy group” funded by Big Tech billionaires, such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured at left) and left-wing philanthropy groups known for pouring tens of millions into liberal causes.

St. John of Avila: On the Honor Found in Suffering for Christ

By St. John of Avila, Posted on Catholic Exchange – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation; that we also may be able to comfort them who are in all distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are exhorted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so also by Christ doth our comfort abound.”

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord, You Can Make Me Clean

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:12-16 – While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

Saint of the Day for January 8: St. Angela of Foligno

Franciscan Media – Some saints show marks of holiness very early. Not Angela! Born of a leading family in Foligno, Italy, she became immersed in the quest for wealth and social position. As a wife and mother, she continued this life of distraction.

Martyrdom “In the Hands of God”, by Ines A. Murzaku

By Ines A. Murzaku, The Catholic Thing – His visit made history: John Paul II became the first pope to ever to use the word mafia. Since that speech, the ambiguous relation between La Cosa Nostra and the Church was clarified (something not always clear in Southern Italy): the mafia and the Church were on opposite fronts. And those who fight and expose the mafia, including clergy and lay heroes like Judge Rosario Livatino, are the Church’s allies, fighting in the same trenches for justice …

Did Communism Ever Die? Our Current Crisis in Light of Our Lady of Fatima, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – In light of our current election crisis, involving a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris team and with their cooperation with the socialist project of the Great Resent looming over us, much has been said about an impending Communist threat. Suddenly, we realize how China has been influencing the affairs of the West by way of party members working in Western companies

Don’t Feed the Trolls, by Jane Stannus

By Jane Stannus, Crisis Magazine – Like many of her fellow lefties, Nancy Pelosi is a troll. I’m not talking about her looks; I’m talking about her clever use of deliberately inflammatory behavior that serves only one purpose: to keep the enemy (that’s us) riled up about a problem that doesn’t exist. Case in point: the January 2 House of Representatives’ new rules proposal, officially presented by Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chair James P. McGovern, serves to “honor all gender identities…”…

Is Money Laundering the Reason for Unexplained Funds Transfer from the Vatican to Australia? by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – Vatican investigators have claimed that a report showing $1.8 billion was wired from the Vatican to Australia from 2014 to 2020 is “significantly” overestimated, but many questions remain about the transfers, which some experts say point to money laundering and organized crime involvement.

Trump Vows ‘Orderly Transition’ on Jan. 20

By Newsmax, Wires – President Donald Trump, minutes after Congress certified Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College Victory and hours after demonstrators broke into the Capitol, pledged “an orderly transition” to the incoming administration…. “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday morning by Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff.

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 4:14-22 – And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day.

Saint of the Day for January 7: St. Raymond of Peñafort

Franciscan Media – Since Raymond lived into his hundredth year, he had a chance to do many things. As a member of the Spanish nobility, he had the resources and the education to get a good start in life… By the time he was 20, he was teaching philosophy. In his early 30s he earned a doctorate in both canon and civil law. At 41 he became a Dominican…

Discernment: The Third Rule is Prayer, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – In the latter part of 2020, I began a discussion of how we find our vocation and even choose our lesser missions, purposes, activities and goals as our lives unfold, and I offered a first and second Rule of Discernment: The First Rule of Discernment is to recognize and obey what the LORD tells us to do through the Church. …

A Catholic Moment, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – Unfortunately, that Catholics today have achieved an unprecedented degree of governing power at the federal level means next to nothing. As I have written before, these days, the fact that someone “is Catholic” tells us next to nothing about their political or even religious beliefs. American Catholics, even at this high-water mark of our political heft, lack the substantive unity to use our collective weight in a meaningful, or at least politically stabilizing, way. …

Senate Votes in Favor of Certifying Electoral College Votes, 6 Republicans Vote No, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Senate voted today to certify the Electoral College votes of the state of Arizona, the first of a handful of states lawmakers were expected to object to prior to a chaotic day on Capitol Hill of protests inside Congress after a massive rally with President Donald Trump… Only 6 Republicans voted to block the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes for Biden, noting election fraud issues and discrepancies.

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Stop Societal Breakdown: Build Up Marriage

By  Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International – “The family has a special role to play throughout the life of its members, from birth to death. It is truly ‘the sanctuary of life: the place in which life – the gift of God – can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth.’ Consequently, the role of the family in building a culture of life is decisive and irreplaceable.”

Wisconsin Catholics Implore Holy Name of Jesus, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – Wisconsin Catholics are praying that violent riots will not again endanger their city… A new petition inspired by a local Catholic priest is asking Catholics to call upon the Holy Name of Jesus to keep the peace in riot-ridden Kenosha. The petition comes ahead of an impending verdict that would decide an officer’s guilt in the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Journey of Faith – A Homily for Epiphany

By Msgr. Charles Pope – There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ.

Prominent Clergy on Social Media Oppose Abortion-Tainted COVID Vaccines

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – As moral debates over the use of abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccines swirl in social media, two activist members of the Catholic clergy, Fr. Dave Nix and Deacon Nick Donnelly, have independently joined their voices to those who oppose the use of such vaccines.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They All Ate and Were Satisfied

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:34-44 – As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late…

Saint of the Day for January 5: St.  John Neumann

Franciscan Media – Perhaps because the United States got a later start in the history of the world, it has relatively few canonized saints, but their number is increasing… John Neumann was born in what is now the Czech Republic. After studying in Prague, he came to New York at 25 and was ordained a priest.

The Best Christmas Gift From a Bishop This Christmas, by John-Henry Westin

By John-Henry Westin, LifeSiteNews – The best Christmas gift is always that which is rare and truly needed and of great value. Naturally, for all of us, the very greatest Gift is Christ Himself in the Holy Eucharist, and that is offered to us by priests. But apart from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass there are other gifts most valuable due to their rarity, our own need of them, and their importance for us.

Growing Number of GOP Senators Follow Hawley’s Protest, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – A joint session of Congress is set to convene in two days to certify the electoral votes but a growing number of Republican lawmakers, in an unprecedented move, is vocally challenging the election results… In the U.S. Senate, 11 GOP senators or senators-elect led by Sen. Ted Cruz have vowed to challenge the votes in contested states and are demanding an “emergency 10-day audit,” Fox News reported.

Steve Bannon Interviews Abp. Viganò, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – An embattled archbishop is speaking out against the deep State and the deep Church… On Jan. 1, ex-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon interviewed Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. Bannon asked the former U.S. papal ambassador about Pope Francis’ alliance with communist China, President Trump and the globalist elites pushing for the so-called Great Reset.

Can I Get an Awoman? by Thomas Griffin

By Thomas Griffin, Crisis Magazine – The recently-opened 117th Congress experienced what could be considered the most laughable prayer ever uttered if it was not in the context of such a serious platform. Representative Emanuel Cleaver from Missouri was sworn in on Sunday, and led a prayer in front of Congress to conclude the process. Ordinarily, this would be an appropriate way to give thanks to God

Pro-Life Groups: Vote for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to Save the Senate, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Pro-life groups are urging Georgians to protect unborn babies’ lives when they vote Tuesday in two high-stakes U.S. Senate runoff elections… Pro-life Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, both pro-abortion Democrats.

Catholicism and the Whole Truth, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, The Catholic Thing – “If we have to give up either religion or education,” declared populist and fundamentalist Christian William Jennings Bryan, “we should give up education.” It’s easy to scoff at such an absurdity, though Bryan, whatever his flaws, was defending Christianity from what he thought modernist, anti-faith attacks in American public education.

Fashion Expert: ‘My Greatest Inspiration Is Our Lady’

By K.V. Turley Features, National Catholic Register – Cantista is under no illusions about the importance of today’s fashion industry, “not only because of the huge amounts of money it makes,” she says, “but because fashion is a powerful tool in terms of communication, both in individual and in social terms. It makes us happier when we see ourselves in the mirror, but it also affects other people’s opinion of us. That is why fashion makes money.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Christ Stands among You

Author Don Schwager,Servants of the Word – John 1:19-28 – And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.” They said to him then, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

Saint of the Day for January 2: St. Saint Basil the Great

Franciscan Media – Basil was on his way to becoming a famous teacher when he decided to begin a religious life of gospel poverty. After studying various modes of religious life, he founded what was probably the first monastery in Asia Minor. He is to monks of the East what Saint Benedict is to the West, and Basil’s principles influence Eastern monasticism today.

The Hidden Heroes of 2020, by Peter Jesserer Smith

By Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register – When Pope Francis proclaimed the Year of St. Joseph late in the year, he made clear the “St. Josephs” of 2020, those living hidden lives of service, “praying, making sacrifices and interceding for the good of all,” inspired the Church’s new holy year… “Each of us can discover in Joseph — the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence — an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble,” he said.

I Kissed Twitter Goodbye, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – You might suspect me of a “sour grapes” reaction when I say that Twitter did me a favor by kicking me off two weeks ago. I spent ten years building up to 12,000 followers, which spiked to 28,000 in a week after standing up for Sidney Powell here at The Stream. Then I lost it all by offending the strange gods of Transgenderism.

St. John Henry Newman: The Church Fathers and the Mother of God

St. John Henry Newman, The Catholic Thing – Now I have said all I mean to say on what I have called the rudimental teaching of Antiquity about the Blessed Virgin; but after all I have not insisted on the highest view of her prerogatives, which the Fathers have taught us. You, my dear Friend, who know so well the ancient controversies and Councils, may have been surprised why I should not have yet spoken of her as the Theotokos; but I wished to show on how broad a basis her dignity rests. independent of that wonderful title….

Red Mirage, by Timothy Gordon

By Timothy Gordon, Church Militant – As described on the podcast Rules for Retrogrades by former Trump senior security official Michael Anton, a color revolution can effectively determine the outcome of an election (i.e., making the loser “win”) through the combined use of: systematic electoral ballot fraud — point-padding and point-shaving; airtight collusion between politicians and media companies silencing all meaningful dissent; most importantly, a thoroughgoing narrative before, during and after election night.

Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2020, Killing 42.6 Million People, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – More human beings died in abortions than any other cause of death in 2020, a new report indicates… A heartbreaking reminder about the prevalence of abortion, statistics compiled by Worldometers indicate that there were over 42.6 million abortions world-wide in 2020.

Nuns Arrested as Beijing Turns Up Heat on Church in Hong Kong, by Greg Torode

By Greg Torode, Reuters – And now the mission – and the Church as a whole in Hong Kong – is coming under mounting pressure as Beijing moves to extinguish opposition voices in the city under a new national security law… In May, two Chinese nuns who work at the mission were arrested by mainland authorities during a visit home to Hebei province… The nuns, in their 40s, were detained for three weeks before being released into house arrest without being charged. They are forbidden to leave the mainland, according to one of the clerics. Meanwhile, Western diplomats say, Chinese security agents have stepped up surveillance of the mission in recent months.

Regarding the Use of Vaccines Developed Using Cells from Aborted Human Persons

American Life League – Using vaccines that are produced using cell lines involving the destruction of embryonic life is an act of sacrilege precisely because it is the destruction of the things of God—namely, human persons created in His own image… For this reason alone, any justification for vaccines that entails the destruction of human life to save human lives pits one set of basic goods (life) against another (health) and does so in a disintegrative way that destroys the things of God… Therefore, in no way can the acquisition, production, dissemination, or use of unethically derived vaccines be morally justified or ethically permissible.

Levin: On January 6, We Learn Whether Our Constitution Will Hold, by Mark Levin

By Mark Levin, The Blaze – it should be of great moment and concern to the people of this country and especially to congressional Republicans in both Houses, for if the latter do not at least confront and challenge this lawlessness on January 6, when Congress meets to count the electors, it will be the GOP’s undoing and, simultaneously, the undoing of our presidential electoral system. Ultimately, it will be the people of the United States who love our republic who will be the losers.

Make America Beautiful Again, by Francis Lee

By Francis Lee, Catholic Exchange – Despite the persistent opposition and public protest of the architectural elites against a proposed executive order titled Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again, first obtained and reported by the Architectural Record eleven months ago, President Trump, on December 21, signed the executive order titled Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture, which declares that “traditional and classical architecture” is the “preferred architecture for applicable Federal public buildings.”

Personhood Alliance Responds to Dismissals of Covid Vaccine-Abortion Link, by Les Riley

By Les Riley, Personhood Alliance – “This is why the pro-life movement as a whole is having such a difficult time ending abortion,” urges Riley. “Because we compromise. Because we allow exceptions; whether that be in abortion law or in trafficking the body parts of abortion’s victims. We pull the rug out from under our own feet, undermine our own principles, and dismiss the value God places on each and every life He creates. Talk about harming our own ability to effectively witness and share the Gospel!”

Argentina Passes Bill Legalizing Killing Babies in Abortions for Any Reason, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Argentina has approved legislation to legalize killing babies in abortions for any reason until unborn children are 14 weeks old… Argentina President Alberto Fernández introduced a bill to legalize abortions for any reason up to 14 weeks earlier this year. On December 11, the country’s lower house passed the radical pro-abortion bill…In an overnight vote on Wednesday morning, the Argentina Senate approved the pro-abortion legislation.

Liturgy Expert: Worldwide Spread of Novus Ordo Has Diminished Belief in Real Presence, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSiteNews – (I)t’s impossible to deny the connection. The classical Roman rite as it developed over so many centuries acquired numerous and very expressive gestures of adoration and care toward the Holy Sacrament, precisely because it is not a mere “thing,” but under the signs of bread and wine a divine Person is really present. How we treat Him is how we show our faith in Him and our love for Him. The liturgical reform cruelly diminished these gestures and introduced other practices, now habitual to the point of being immovable, that suggest we are dealing with common food and drink that, in the context of Mass, are given a new symbolic meaning …

Rev. Graham: Senate is Last ‘Defense to Block Radical, Wicked Agenda Trying to Take Control of Our Nation’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News – Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham urged Americans to pray and Georgians to vote in next week’s run-off elections, stating that the U.S. Senate is “the last line of defense to block the radical, wicked agenda that is trying to take control of our nation.”… Graham added that if liberals pass the pro-LGBT Equality Act, it will destroy religious liberty protections and change everyday life for Americans.

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt among Us

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 1:1-18 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. …

Saint of the Day for December 31: St. Sylvester I

Franciscan Media – When you think of this pope, you think of the Edict of Milan, the emergence of the Church from the catacombs, the building of the great basilicas—Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter’s, and others—the Council of Nicaea, and other critical events. But for the most part, these events were planned or brought about by Emperor Constantine.

Pope Francis: Vicar of Christ or Caiaphas? Asking for a Uyghur, by Jason Jones & John Zmirak

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – What is Pope Francis doing now for the most abandoned people on earth? Surely if we are meant to see Jesus’ face in “the least among us,” Francis ought to glimpse Him among those with fewest rights and allies today. Yes, unborn children, of course. But Francis has shown a strange aversion to pro-life political leaders from the U.S. to Hungary and even his native Argentina. Francis’ other political interests seem to him to outweigh the unborn, as if the prospects of economic migrants and doubtful climate policies were more urgent than willful murder.

Rome Slaps Medics for COVID Vaccine Dissent, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Vatican issued a new edict Tuesday declaring vaccination a “moral responsibility,” after Italian authorities cracked down on a rebellion by medics questioning the COVID-19 vaccine and half the Italian population expressed reluctance to receive the jab… The regulatory authority Omceo Roma (Order of Doctors of Rome) began disciplinary proceedings against at least 13 doctors, including prominent Catholic surgeon Mariano Amici, for claiming the COVID vaccine “risks being ineffective and even dangerous.”

100 GOP Lawmakers Will Vote to Not Accept Election Results, by Solange Reyner

By Solange Reyner, NewsMax – Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., thinks “upwards of” 100 GOP lawmakers will vote to not accept Joe Biden’s victory when Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to count the Electoral College votes… “I hope I’m wrong. I’m guessing it will be upwards of 100,” Kinzinger told Charlie Sykes… “I think you’re going to have some people that come out and take a strong stand but man, I hope I’m wrong. I’m not going to be surprised if it approaches three figures.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Sunday Mass Obligation Was a Casualty of 2020

By Father Raymond J. de Souza , EWTN News – For many years now, the Sunday obligation — observed by a minority of Catholics — was in the intensive care unit. It died this past pandemic year. A resurrection is not on the horizon… The Code of Canon Law is clear enough: “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass” (1247). A minority of baptized Catholics observe that; in many countries, it is a tiny minority.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Church’s Policies on Families

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – On the feast of the Holy Family, it seemed appropriate to identify a few Church policies on marriage and family… At this point, the Church’s policy is that marriage is between one man and one woman. Church’s policy requires that husband and wife should be faithful in marriage in an exclusive union, open to children, until the parting of death… The Church also forbids the marriage of people of the same sex. Current Church policy does not permit contraception and homosexual behavior. ..

What If I Were to Tell You COVID Cases Would Be Declining Nationally If Not For One State, by Matt Vespa

By Matt Vespa, Townhall – Both New York and California have become the Mecca and Medina for this virus. New York, by far, has a higher death rate and the number of infections than the red state outbreaks that the media tries to pass off as similar in size and scope. It’s not. For starters, in most red states, their COVID outbreaks are part of a first wave that never touched them back in the spring.

Pro-Life Legislator Praying for Victory From the Lord, by Charlie Butts

By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow – Warren Hamilton (R-McCurtain), who is serving his first term as a state senator, makes no secret that he is a pro-life Christian. He plans to introduce the Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act/Equal Protection and Equal Justice Act for the upcoming legislative session – a bill that, if passed, would make abortion illegal in Oklahoma… He tells One News Now God has blessed America for nearly 400 years… “With the 63 million-plus innocent children that we’ve killed under the color of law, we should expect that God’s blessing will soon dry up,” Hamilton submits.

The Virus Is Not Invincible, But It’s Exposing Who’s Irreplaceable, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Will multibillionaire Mike Bloomberg really convince anyone that a farmer operates by simplistic rote, and someone like himself is critical to America—one who censored the politically incorrect reporting of his own journalists while he schemed to find ways to capitalize Chinese Communist-owned companies with western currencies—at huge multi-billion-dollar profits to himself?… When your refrigerator goes out under quarantine and your supplies begin to rot, do you really need another rant …

New Relief-Checks Bill From McConnell Boosts Aid Amounts, but Also Leaves Democrats Seething, by Jeffrey Rubin

By Jeffrey Rubin, Newsmax – After blocking a Senate move to vote on boosting coronavirus stimulus checks on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced an alternative proposal. In it, the checks are increased as Pres. Trump, many Democrats and even some GOP lawmakers have urged… McConnell also ties those fatter payments to Trump priorities including probing allegations of election fraud … Unrelated to COVID, he also wanted a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act …

President Trump: Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

White House – Today is the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket on December 29, 1170. Thomas Becket was a statesman, a scholar, a chancellor, a priest, an archbishop, and a lion of religious liberty… Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, “the Church will attain liberty and peace.”

LifeSiteNews: Bishop Strickland Triples Down on Opposition to Abortion-Tainted Vaccines

By LifeSiteNews staff – Bishop Joseph Strickland has once again spoken out against abortion-tainted vaccines in this week’s episode of The Bishop Strickland Show… Besides highlighting the immorality and anti-Catholicism of vaccines linked to aborted baby cells, Bishop Strickland also addressed other concerns regarding the coronavirus, including mandatory vaccine laws… “I would encourage people to resist any forcing of receiving these vaccines,” Bishop Strickland said.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Anna Recognized the Coming of Christ and Gave Thanks to God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 2:36-40 – And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. …

Saint of the Day for December 30: St. Egwin

Franciscan Media – You say you’re not familiar with today’s saint? Chances are you aren’t—unless you’re especially informed about Benedictine bishops who established monasteries in medieval England… Born in the seventh century of royal blood, Egwin entered a monastery, and was enthusiastically received by royalty, clergy, and the people as the bishop of Worcester, England. As a bishop he was known as a protector of orphans and the widowed and a fair judge.

Trump Honors St. Thomas Becket, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – President Trump is trumpeting a Catholic saint. .. December 29 is the feast of St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr. Tuesday was the 850th anniversary of Becket’s martyrdom… In an official proclamation, Trump stated, “Thomas Becket’s martyrdom changed the course of history. It eventually brought about numerous constitutional limitations on the power of the State over the Church across the West.”

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Killing Babies in Abortions Up to Birth, by Micaiah Bilger

Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Massachusetts passed a radical pro-abortion law Tuesday to legalize abortions up to birth and allow young girls to abort their unborn babies without a parent’s knowledge or consent… The state Senate voted 32-8 to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of the ROE Act following the House vote Monday, MassLive reports. The law goes into effect immediately…

Humor: Twelve Days of Christmas for a Family Man on a Budget, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – After many years of suffering from the absurdity of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” I’ve decided, that the song needs some new lyrics.  No one can afford all that ridiculous stuff: golden rings, maids a-milking, lords a-leaping. I have decided to replace those lyrics with things a family man on a budget could actually afford.

Rev. Graham: ‘Pray That God’ Will ‘Spare Our Nation From the Evil That is Before Us’, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – In a Christmas Eve (Facebook) message… Rev. Franklin Graham called on Americans to pray for President Donald Trump and for our nation, that God will spare us “from the evil that is before us.”… “Our country is in such a mess politically and spiritually. I would like to ask you to especially pray for our nation and our president this weekend.”… Pray that God’s hand would be on President Donald J. Trump and protect him, and that He would give him wisdom in the coming days… And pray that God would spare our nation from the evil that is before us…”

Fr. Mark Goring: Great Reset & New World Order w/Dr. Ralph Martin – WATCH!

Fr. Mark Goring: Great Reset & New World Order – Dr. Ralph – Martin WATCH!

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Favor of God Was upon Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 2:22-35 – And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Saint of the Day for December 29: Saint Thomas Becket

Franciscan Media – His career had been a stormy one. While archdeacon of Canterbury, he was made chancellor of England at the age of 36 by his friend King Henry II. When Henry felt it advantageous to make his chancellor the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas gave him fair warning: he might not accept all of Henry’s intrusions into Church affairs. Nevertheless, in 1162 he was made archbishop, resigned his chancellorship, and reformed his whole way of life!

Towards a New Counter-Revolution, by Declan Leary

By Declan Leary, Crisis Magazine – For any believer who doubts our fate under a Biden administration, the man’s record is clear. Those who insist on calling him a moderate would like you to forget that it was not until Vice President Biden voiced his support for homosexual marriage on national TV… Even this year, Biden has promised to revive Obama’s persecution of the Little Sisters of the Poor upon taking office, a losing battle if ever there was one.

Opinion: Want 2021 to be Different? Re-thinking Priorities for the New Year, by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, LinkedIn – As I ponder how to make 2021 a better year and prepare for what I hope to achieve on both a personal and professional level, I have come to realize that everything hinges on how effective I am with managing my priorities and the precious resource of time. Below is a list of five priorities outside of the typical business objectives requiring an intentional time investment from me in 2021 (and beyond):

CNA: Pope Francis Issues Law Reorganizing Vatican Finances

Catholic News Agency – Pope Francis issued a new law Monday reorganizing Vatican finances following a series of scandals… In a document issued Dec. 28, the pope formalized the transfer of financial responsibilities from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), which functions as the Holy See’s treasury and sovereign wealth manager.

Asymptomatic Transmission of COVID-19 Didn’t Occur at All, Study of 10 Million Finds

 By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – A study of almost 10 million people in Wuhan, China, found that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 did not occur at all, thus undermining the need for lockdowns, which are built on the premise of the virus being unwittingly spread by infectious, asymptomatic people.

The Reformation and the Deformation of Orthodoxy, by F.X. Cronin

By F.X. Cronin, Catholic Exchange – The Reformation is one of history’s great misnomers. For it reformed almost nothing then and now. A more apt name for that era would be the Deformation, though that name is probably too benign, given the devastating effects of this movement and its many derivations that have so infected Western culture since 1517.

Dozens of House Republicans will Challenge Electoral College Vote January 6, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Dozens of Republican lawmakers will be contesting the Electoral College vote on January 6, which is expected to go to pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden, when Congress certifies the vote next month… Congressman Mo Brooks, a pro-life Republican from Missouri, says he has more House members who are supporting the effort than have made public statements so far saying they will back the challenge.

From Boys to Men, by Tzvi Sinensky

By Tzvi Sinensky, First Things – October 14, 1972… It was the day of (Rabbi Lamm’s) second son’s Bar Mitzvah.
In his sermon on this occasion, Rabbi Lamm opens by noting that we live during a time “in which adults habitually grasp at the last straws of their vanishing youthfulness by retrogressing into adolescence and preferring to be boys rather than men.” In such an environment, and upon the occasion of his son’s coming of age, he wonders, what does it take to become a man?… Rabbi Lamm asserts, “To be a man is an achievement.” Manhood is not simply a stage one reaches, but something one attains.

How Catholics Can Thwart the Paganism of Our Age and Properly Celebrate New Year’s, by Peter Kwasniewski

By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSiteNews – The first prayer of Vespers and of the Mass reads, “Almighty and everlasting God, who commandest that those who share in thy table abstain from the banquets of the devil, grant, we ask, to thy people, that, casting away the taste of death-bearing profanity, we may come with pure minds to the feast of eternal salvation.”

Holy Habits: 20 New Year’s Resolutions, by Patti Armstrong

By Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register – Goodbye 2020! It has been rough. The year actually incentivized making a good New Year’s resolution. And by good, I mean holy. The world has always let us down — more so in 2020 — but we know that God has something better for us.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Rachel Weeping for Her Children

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 2:13-18 – Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.

Church Militant: The House of Christmas – A Poem by G.K. Chesterton

By Church Militant – here fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
 In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

Our Upside-Down Postelection World, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, RealClearPolitics – To keep track of our brave new American world is easy… Just consider everything said to be bad by the “Animal Farm” media before Nov. 3 as now good. And remember that everything said to be good two months ago is now actually bad.

Survey: Majority of Republicans Want Trump to Fight Election Result

By Charlie McCarthy, NewsMax – A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Thursday showed 96% of Democrats, and only 20% of Republicans, believe Joe Biden was legitimately elected president… As for thinking President-elect Biden was not elected fairly, 78% of Republicans and only 3% of Democrats fell into that category… President Donald Trump and campaign officials have alleged widespread voter fraud in several battleground states.

Fr. Paul D. Scalia: The Father We Need

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing – Most of us know today’s Gospel scene (Lk 2:22-40) as the Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple. But it is also one of the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of Saint Joseph. His heart is filled with sorrow at Simeon’s prophecy that the Christ Child “is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed.”

No Room at the Globalist Inns, by Robert Morrison

By Robert Morrison, The Remnant – One small group has the distinction of being both the most likely to have their beliefs especially rejected by the world and, for that reason, the most likely to grasp the realities we now face: faithful Catholics. Just as the Holy Family discovered on that first Christmas, though, being rejected by the world is sometimes among the greatest blessings one can have.

A Story: The Longest Night Of The Year, by Christopher Manion

By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer – “Christmas markets closed in Austria and Germany this year.” The headline this week went by quickly, but then a pause. . . . And a memory… It was December 18, 1988. I had a free afternoon on a business trip to Austria that had brought me to Salzburg, so I naturally gravitated towards the Kristkindlmarkt at the Domplatz. ..

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Christmas Like No Other

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In many and in varied ways God spoke unto our fathers by the prophets. But now, in these last days He has spoken unto us through his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, and by whom also he made the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2)

Holy Innocents: First Martyrs And Pro-Life Patron Saints, by Claire Dwyer

By Claire Dwyer, SpiritualDirection – This day we are asked to remember and honor the lives of the little boys of Bethlehem, cruelly slaughtered by the command of the jealous and grasping Herod. We are reminded that Christ came not only in poverty and humility but in grave danger – our little Savior was a hunted refugee.

Act Now! Contact Your Representative to Ensure Election Integrity on January 6

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – LifeSite’s Voter Voice initiative can help connect you to your lawmaker in Congress… Americans are seeing their country stolen right in front of their eyes. The massive amount of fraud perpetrated in the 2020 presidential race is undeniable. Yet lawmakers and judges across the United States have repeatedly failed to do the right thing.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The One Who Endures to the End Will Be Saved

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 10:17-22 – Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour ….

Saint of the Day for December 26: Saint Stephen

By Franciscan Media – “As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Greek-speaking Christians complained against the Hebrew-speaking Christians, saying that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.

Fr. James V. Schall: Christmas: Sane and Glad

By Fr. James V. Schall, Crisis Magazine – When Christianity applied these wondrous lines to the Incarnation of the Son of God, or rather, when Christianity came to understand that this joy and gladness are what was meant by the events in Bethlehem, we realize that here we had something we could not have had the slightest advanced notice about.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: A Den of Thieves

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, OnePeterFive – I believe it is now understood beyond all reasonable doubt that the leaders of the present Catholic Hierarchy have placed themselves at the service of the globalist Oligarchy and Freemasonry: the idolatrous cult of the pachamama in the Vatican Basilica is now joined by a sacrilegious Nativity scene… Only a naive person or an accomplice can deny that in this whole chain of events there is a very clear ideological coherence and a lucid diabolical mind.

The Everlasting Light of Christmas, by Father Roger Landry

By Father Roger Landry, National Catholic Register – Many have called the Holy Land the “fifth Gospel” because there you can experience all of the principal events of the liturgical year in a little over a week. There are special Masses to be celebrated at each of the holy sites that take precedence over whatever else is in the liturgical calendar.

Joe Biden to Dismantle Trump’s Legal Wall, Inviting Central Americans to Southern Border, by John Binder

By John Binder, Breitbart – President-Elect Joe Biden is planning to dismantle the legal wall at the United States-Mexico border that President Trump has constructed that ensures a reduction of illegal immigration through asylum agreements with Mexico and Central America… Biden and his advisers said they plan on taking down Trump’s legal wall that includes the Remain in Mexico policy, as well as cooperative asylum agreements with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Regarding the Use of Vaccines Developed Using Cells from Aborted Human Persons, by Shaun Kenney

By Shaun Kenney, American Life League – On 21 December 2020.. the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announcing that the Vatican had signed off on the use of vaccines… While CDF laments the lack of ethically acceptable vaccination methods, it argues incorrectly that the use of ethically compromised vaccines using fetal cell lines is remote material cooperation with evil, precisely because we are dealing in questions of life and death…

13 People Died During Moderna’s COVID Vaccine Trial

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – Official documents from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) record that 13 people died during trials of the Moderna vaccine, while the FDA has also issued a new warning regarding Bell’s Palsy as a potential effect of the vaccine.

Learning From the O Antiphons, by C. C. Pecknold

By C. C. Pecknold, First Things –
Advent is like this too. It is a grace that prepares us for grace. It is a “prevenient” movement within the life of the Church through which God prepares us to receive what we cannot receive by ourselves. At the heart of Advent is Mary’s Song, the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord.” And the last seven days of Advent resound not only with the prophecies of old, but with the mysteries of eternity. I am speaking, of course, of the great O Antiphons, which “ring in” the final days of Advent.

With Barr’s Exit, Will Trump Appoint Special Counsel? by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – A member of the Trump advisory team has authored a 36-page report he contends presents a “mountain of evidence” of irregularities and fraud in the 2020 presidential election – and would justify creation of a special prosecutor to investigate those election results.

Saint of the Day for December 23: Saint John of Kanty

By Franciscan Media – John was a country lad who made good in the big city and the big university of Kraków, Poland. After brilliant studies he was ordained a priest and became a professor of theology. The inevitable opposition which saints encounter led to his being ousted by rivals and sent to be a parish priest at Olkusz. An extremely humble man, he did his best, but his best was not to the liking of his parishioners.

COMMENTARY: How to Object to an Abortion-Tainted COVID-19 Vaccine, by Stacy Trasancos

By Stacy Trasancos, National Catholic Register – The Pontifical Academy for Life has said that Catholics may use, in a narrowly defined limit, vaccines prepared with cell lines derived from aborted children, but with strong warnings regarding our obligation to protest. Here’s how to demand ethical options in biomedical research.

ICYMI: We Were Made for This Fight, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – We live in a time when faithful lay Catholics are forced to make their Faith their own and forced to take over the public square. Who leads the fight for the unborn? Catholics. Who led the fight for marriage? Catholics.

Doing Justice to St. Joseph, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – As we’re beginning the Year of St. Joseph, and Christmas is near, consider with me the role of St. Joseph in the Annunciation. This verse in particular: “Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.”  (Matt. 1:19)

The Sovietization of California, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream -Yet, here I am, sitting in a state where corruption reigns (one of the leading Democrats of the last half-century told me years ago that politicians in California are window dressing; the real power in California is wielded by unions) and where, for nine months, normal life has been shut down, schools have been closed and small businesses have been destroyed in unprecedented numbers.

LifeSiteNews: Bsp. Strickland: Mandatory COVID Vaccine Laws Would Be ‘Step in Wrong Direction’ (WATCH)

By LifeSiteNews Staff – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas addressed several current topics including his opinions on the COVID-19 vaccines and mandates, as well as his recent prayer address at the Jericho March in Washington, D.C., on today’s Bishop Strickland Show… Co-host Terry Barber asked His Excellency for his thoughts on proposals being put forth in New York that would make vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory.

Liberty Counsel: Judge Makes Sandra Merritt Pay Planned Parenthood $13 Million in Attorney Fees

By Liberty Counsel, LifeNews – U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III issued an order today granting the abortion giant over $13 million in “attorney fees and costs,” in addition to more than $2 million in damages awarded by the jury… Judge Orrick ignored Merritt’s request to wait until the Ninth Circuit ruled in the appeal before issuing any further orders. Instead, the court has now awarded Planned Parenthood over six times the amount of the original jury verdict in attorney fees and costs.

The Catholic Case for Secession? by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – Ever since “red states” and “blue states” entered our popular lexicon in the weeks following the 2000 election, Americans have understood that our country’s citizens have taken two divergent paths at the fork in the road. Twenty years later, the possibility that those paths will converge one day seems more and more remote.

Abp. Viganò: Vatican Nativity is ‘Expression of Apostasy, Immorality and Vice’

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – This irreverent monstrosity is the mark of the universal religion of transhumanism hoped for by the New World Order; it is the expression of apostasy, immorality and vice – of ugliness erected as a model. And just like everything that is constructed by man’s hands without God’s blessing, indeed against Him, it is destined to perish, to disappear, and to crumble.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Late Advent Message From the Lord

Msgr. Charles Pope – As the end of Advent approaches, the Office of Readings features some final admonitions from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. On the one hand they console; on the other, they challenge us to remain firm… Isaiah addressed a people in exile who still awaited the first coming of the Lord. Today, these texts speak to us in difficult times when, exiled from Heaven, we await His magnificent Second Coming.

Let the Great Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction of 2020 Remind You of Jesus and the Star of Bethlehem, by Al Perrotta

By Al Perrotta, The Stream – This year a close conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn marks the start of the winter solstice, only four days before Christmas. Although Jupiter and Saturn have a conjunction every 20 years, this one is the closest observable one since 1226. At their closest, visible to observers in Europe, the planets will appear about 1/5 of the moon’s diameter apart. For observers in the continental U.S., they will appear slightly farther apart.

How Devotion to the Child Jesus Stopped an Epidemic, by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – One of the most well-known devotions to the Child Jesus is represented by the miraculous statue of the Infant of Prague. It is a statue that has a fascinating history, and the devotion it inspired has been the source of countless miracles over the centuries… In particular, it is recorded that on multiple occasions devotion to the Infant Jesus protected the city of Prague from an epidemic.

Post-Modern Vatican Nativity Scene Provokes Wave of Criticism, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register – This year’s Vatican Nativity scene has drawn fierce criticism for its post-modern artistic look, which critics say radically breaks with traditional Nativity scenes and fails to evangelize or inspire others about the mystery of the Incarnation… The Christmas presepio in St. Peter’s Square contains 20 modernistic ceramic objects ….

Ferrari v. Ford: Which Kind of Worship? by R.J. Snell

By R.J. Snell, The Catholic Thing – A friend and I enjoy good-natured debates about the Church. He’s a serious Protestant but knows and admires Catholicism. I was a Protestant for most of my life, so we have shared experiences and commitments that allow for good disagreement… We were recently discussing how some Protestants view the Catholic Church (and Catholics) as somewhat out of control, while still fascinated by the Church.

Trump’s Defense Chief Orders Stop to Transition Meetings With Team Biden, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – Acting Sec. of Defense Chris Miller directed the Pentagon to stop cooperating with the presidential transition team of former VP Joe Biden… Officials are claiming it’s simply a matter of holiday scheduling while activists are wondering if something more is at work… Axios reports that Miller “stunned” Pentagon officials by ordering a halt to all scheduled transition meetings, a move of which a “top Biden official was unaware.”

The Advent Mysteries of Annunciation & Incarnation, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., Catholic Exchange – “Mystery,” he sneered. “That’s a good Catholic word.”… My friend was a fundamentalist who had more than a bit of antipathy towards the Catholic Church, charging that it added to the simple faith of the Bible… But he didn’t read his bible very well. The word “mystery” is a Catholic word only because it is a biblical word. Paul speaks of the mystery hidden for many ages but now manifested …

The Coming Tsunami of ‘Hate Speech’ Legislation, by Deal W. Hudson

By Deal W. Hudson, Crisis Magazine – If you wanted to radically diminish the influence of Christianity in America, what would you do? You would make it against the law. You would bring the law down on the Christian faith by labeling its core teaching as “hate speech.”… The claim that same-sex attraction is an unnatural state, and that homosexual acts are intrinsically immoral, is homophobic.

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Many Will Rejoice at His Birth

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 1:5-25 – In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Saint of the Day for December 19: Blessed Pope Urban V

By Franciscan Media – In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another person among them for that important office, they turned to a relative stranger: the holy person we honor today… The new Pope Urban V proved a wise choice. A Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply spiritual and brilliant. …

Scientists Use Scalps From Aborted Babies to Create “Humanized Mice” for Research, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, who oversees the St. Philip Institute, said the gristly experiment should be a wake-up call to Americans… “These are crimes against humanity that should be prosecuted. Silence in the face of these atrocities simply adds to the evil. Wake up America! Demand that this stops NOW!” Strickland wrote on Twitter.

Research Opens New Insights Into the Star of Bethlehem, by Edward Pentin 

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – Astronomical research claims to have found that there really was a Star of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. How true is this, what exactly could the star have been, and how would it have led to Christ in the manger?

There is a vast literature on the Stars of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1) that would have illuminated the skies of the Holy Land at the time of Jesus’ birth. And it is a literature that first emerged in the early history of Christianity. Some of the first commentators of the Gospel according to Matthew rejected the hypothesis of a natural phenomenon and leaned towards divine intervention.

Do Not Put Your Trust in Princes, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – What comes to mind when you hear that the title of one of my articles is, “Don’t Put Your Trust in a Political Savior”? For some of you, it is probably something like this: “There goes Mike Brown again with his self-righteous posturing, lecturing those of us who are still standing with Donald Trump.” But what if I told you that I wrote this article back in 2011 during the presidency of Barack Obama?

Leonardo Boff: The Pope’s Radical ‘Ecotheologian’, by Julio Loredo

By Julio Loredo, National Catholic Register – The conference, however, worked as a launching pad for some radical schemes. One keynote speaker was Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, who is appearing more and more like a sort of presumed spokesman for Pope Francis with some of his most audacious proposals. He claimed to be a major contributor to the encyclical Laudato Si… But who exactly is Leonardo Boff?

CNN Touts Joe Biden’s “Devout” Christian Faith, Ignores Support for Killing Babies in Abortions, by P. J. Gladnick

By P.J. Gladnick, LifeNews – On Sunday, reporters Michael Warren and Arlette Saenz blatantly boosted Joe Biden as a man of devout faith, touting he would be the only president in decades to attend church. Decades? Really? Did CNN not remember that President George W. Bush was well known as a very religious man who attended church?

Welcoming Chinese Communist Infiltration, by Arnold Ahlert

By Arnold Ahlert, Patriot Post – “What country could put 1 million religious dissidents in a gulag archipelago, destroy the semi-independence of Hong Kong, threaten any of its dissident neighbors with commercial destruction, embark on the largest imperialist and colonialist project in two centuries throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe, obliterate the culture of Tibet, militarize… Victor Davis Hanson… In a single paragraph, Hanson fully illuminates the wholesale corruption of our ruling-class oligarchs.

2020, in History, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – A fortnight hence, it will be New Year’s Day. That will make it 2021, by the grace of God. All our troubles will be over, according to a supermarket Christmas carol. The page will be turned on what, according to conventional opinion, was the worst year in living history… But what if some problems persist? Let me indulge the controversial view that conventional opinion is usually wrong.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Will Save His People from Their Sins

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 1:18-25 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. …

Saint of the Day for December 18: Blessed Anthony Grassi

By Franciscan Media – Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. As a schoolboy, he frequented the local church of the Oratorian Fathers, joining the religious order when he was 17… Already a fine student, Anthony soon gained a reputation in his religious community as a “walking dictionary,” who quickly grasped Scripture and theology.

Why the Vatican Nativity Scene This Year Is So Unbearably Ugly, by Dr. Joseph Shaw

By Dr Joseph Shaw, LifeSiteNews – This year, the annual tradition of the large-scale Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square descended into farce when the figures were revealed as childish and hideous products of artistic modernism. The figures were produced over the course of about a decade starting in 1965 and are reminiscent of the mediocre art of that time.

Just How Important is Joe Biden’s Faith Really? by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – We have yet another interview in which someone who knows President-elect Joe Biden apparently feels bound to affirm how much the Catholic faith means to him (see ‘He always carries a Rosary’: spiritual adviser to Joe Biden discusses Biden’s faith). Unsurprisingly, this fulsome testimony is given by…wait for it…a Jesuit leader of a Jesuit university… Interestingly, Biden’s faith is never referred to as the “Catholic faith”, but we do learn that he has relied on “Catholic” rituals to sustain him in difficult times.

Will Xi Succeed Where Mao Failed? by R. C. VanLandingham

By R. C. VanLandingham, Crisis Magazine – The Chinese Communists have never cared much for human life. During their revolution, they not only brutally executed their enemies, but even buried their own soldiers alive. Once the Communists took control of the country, they used the same brutality against their own people. “Some of our comrades have too much mercy, not enough brutality, which means they are not so Marxist,” Mao told his senior officials. “We indeed have no conscience! Marxism is that brutal.”

Abp. Viganò‘s End-of-Year Meditation (LifeSiteNews)

By Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, Church Militant – We have seen — so to speak — the generals and officers abandon their army, and in some cases join the enemy side, imposing an unconditional surrender to the absurd reasons for the pseudo-pandemic. Never, over the centuries, has so much pusillanimity, so much cowardice, so much desire to indulge our persecutors found fertile ground in those who should be guides and leaders for us. 

World Needs ‘Great Reset’ That Was Proposed at Fatima, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, LifeSiteNew – There is a major plan for change in society that is called the Great Reset. Rarely have I seen a plan so openly laid out to the public. Time magazine devoted a whole issue to the subject. Most major corporation CEOs (the Davos crowd) have signed on to the proposal. This is beyond conspiracy theory; it’s becoming policy… The Great Reset is the brainchild of Klaus Schwab and is sponsored by the World Economic Forum. He sees it as a way of “reimagining capitalism” to make it a greener, more equitable wealth creation system. It stresses the idea of a “stakeholder” capitalism that considers the interests of all society rather than a shareholder version that concentrates on the profits of investors.

Children of God for Life (2008): Holy See Clarifies Instruction in Dignitas Personae

Source:  Children of God for Life, December 15, 2008 – In the section titled, The use of human “biological material” of illicit origin , the Vatican noted: “Therefore, it needs to be stated that there is a duty to refuse to use such “biological material” even when there is no close connection between the researcher and the actions of those who performed the artificial fertilization or the abortion, or when there was no prior agreement with the centers in which the artificial fertilization took place. …

Five Ways St. Joseph Shows Us How to Live Out Advent

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Advent season and allow Jesus to be born in the depths of our hearts this Christmas!… Not once in the Bible do we hear a word from the great Saint Joseph. This silence of Saint Joseph is very eloquent. It teaches us a fundamental attitude to enter into deep prayer: silence.

CNA: Hungary Defines Family as Having a Mother and a Father

CNA, (EWTN News) – Hungary’s Parliament passed a law Tuesday defining the family as having a woman as the mother and a man as the father, effectively banning adoptions by same-sex couples and complicating adoptions by single people… The change is the latest of several to be made in recent years in what the government has said are attempts to preserve Hungary’s Christian identity and to boost its plummeting birth rates.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Advent Hymn: Rorate Caeli Desuper

By Msgr. Charles Pope – On Wednesday of this third week of Advent we read from the scriptures that supply the roots of one of the least well-known, yet most theologically important, Advent hymns is “Rorate Caeli Desuper.” Some congregations know it under its English title: “Drop Down Ye Heavens from Above.”

Levin: Election Exposed ‘Complete Collapse’ of Courts as Check on State Officials

By Rob Shimshock, CNSNews – Conservative commentator Mark Levin said Wednesday that the 2020 presidential election unveiled the “complete collapse” of the courts on state officials taking unconstitutional actions… “This election has exposed the complete collapse of the judiciary as a check on unconstitutional acts by state officials eviscerating legislative authority under our federal constitution (Art. II, Sec. 1, Cl. 2),” he said.

Fr. Richard Heilman: The Democratic Party Has Been Infiltrated by Demonic Powers

Fr Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man – It is my conclusion – and I pray it is yours – that the Democratic Party has been infiltrated by demonic powers… First, we know that Satanism and Witchcraft have accelerated in popularity in recent decades. We’ve witnessed holiday parades and Super Bowl halftime shows filled with Satanic themes. Hollywood popularizing Satanism set in motion a new fad or trend, especially among youth, to explore and enter into Satanic rituals.

Is It Enough to Be Conservative in America? by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – Perhaps conservatives—and especially Catholic conservatives—should brace themselves for a reality that may be already upon us: that we as a nation have gone too far down the progressive, post-Christian, post-Constitutional garden path to conserve truth and tradition. Can we be conservative if there isn’t anything left to conserve?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 1:1-17 – The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram ….

Saint of the Day for December 17: Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Franciscan Media – Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian—where to begin in describing this remarkable woman?
Born into a noble family, she was instructed for ten years by the holy woman Blessed Jutta. When Hildegard was 18, she became a Benedictine nun at the Monastery of Saint Disibodenberg.

If Our Republic’s Constitution Still Matters… by Mark Alexander

By Mark Alexander, Patriot Post – Predictably, the Supreme Court refused to take up the Texas lawsuit against four states for illegally changing voting rules. This suit was very different in nature from those filed by Donald Trump’s legal team… For the record, refusing to take the case based on “lack of standing,” meaning the Court determined the state of Texas did not have direct legal standing to bring the suit, is very different than declaring the claims for the Texas suit don’t have merit. They most certainly did and do have merit.

Abby Johnson Blasts USCCB for ‘Cowering to Big Pharma’ on Abortion-Tainted COVID-19 Vaccines, by Lianne Laurence

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews – Well-known pro-life advocate Abby Johnson has blasted the USCCB for “cowering to Big Pharma” by endorsing abortion-tainted Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines… Johnson.. accused the bishops of “talking out of both sides of their mouth” by saying that abortion is evil, but that it is “okay” to take an abortion-related vaccine if there are no ethical alternatives available, all while exhorting Catholics to lobby for ethical alternatives… The reason why pharmaceutical giants haven’t stopped using aborted fetal cell lines in vaccine development is “because the leadership of the Catholic Church is too cowardly to stand up and say no more. That’s why it hasn’t happened,” contended Johnson.

Local Churches as Centers of Resistance, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., famously said, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

Constitutional Transgressions Cannot Be Ignored: Blackwell, by Chad Groening

By Chad Groening, OneNewsNow – “I think that this is going to be at least prosecuted through January 6,” he offered. “What I understand from the campaign is that in some of these battleground states [on Monday] there will be alternative slates that will be presented – and it is the campaign’s hope that these alternative slates will be sent to Congress with the Biden electors and that pushes it where it should be: in the hands of the Congress to decide which one of the slates should be accepted.”

President Trump Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate His Pro-Life Rule Saving Babies From Abortions, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – President Donald Trump urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reinstate a federal health rule that protects mothers and unborn babies from dangerous abortion drugs… According to the pro-abortion site Jezebel, the Trump administration is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that allows abortion facilities to send abortion drugs to women in the mail, potentially without ever seeing them in person for an exam.

How Aborted Children Are Used in Medical Research in 2020, by Stacy Trasancos

By Stacy Trasancos, National Catholic Register – We are not denying that vaccines serve a common good. We are, however, encouraging Catholics to unite a protest against the evil of abortion, to demand that university, government and industrial scientists stop using the remains of electively-aborted children in the research of anything, vaccines or otherwise. Actually, vaccines are only the beginning… In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. John Paul II declared that “the use of human embryos or fetuses as an object of experimentation constitutes a crime against their dignity as human beings who have a right to the same respect owed to a child once born, just as to every person”

Cardinal Burke: Worldly Forces Are Dictating ‘Great Reset’ Through Manipulation of ‘Ignorance and Fear’ — Full Text of Homily

By Edward Pentin – Cardinal Raymond Burke has warned that Marxist materialism now seems to be seizing “governing power” over the United States, and that the “Great Reset” initiative of the World Economic Forum is a “manipulation of citizens and nations through ignorance and fear.”… In his homily on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12, Cardinal Burke said “many other nations” are in the “throes of a similar most alarming crisis” which tries to “find in a disease and its prevention the way to understand and direct our lives, rather than in God and in His plan for our salvation.”

Vaccination Is Not the Answer to Covid, by John & Andy Schlafly

By John & Andy Schlafly, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles – The first Covid vaccine is rolling across the nation, but many Americans are not buying the hype. Despite months of nonstop publicity in the media, only about half of those polled say they will get the shot when it becomes available… Fifty percent is not nearly enough, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has already accepted an appointment as Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser. Fauci didn’t say if he and Joe Biden intend to vaccinate millions of other Americans against their will.

When 2 Year Olds Are Thrown Off Airplanes, You Know America Has Changed, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, The Stream – You may have seen the video of the family thrown off a United Airlines airplane because the 2-year-old daughter would not wear a mask. Though the family wore masks and the father promised to cover his daughter’s face with a mask that he placed on her face, it made no difference. Though the child was completely asymptomatic, and though it is exceedingly rare for a child to transmit COVID-19 to an adult

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: The Blind See, the Lame Walk, the Poor Receive Good News

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:18-23 – The disciples of John told him of all these things. And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, `Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?'”

Saint of the Day for December 16: Blessed Honoratus Kozminski

By Franciscan Media – Wenceslaus Kozminski was born in Biala Podlaska in 1829. By the age of 11 he had lost his faith. By the age of 16 his father had died. He studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Suspected of participating in a rebellious conspiracy against the Czarists in Poland, he was imprisoned from April 1846 until March of 1847.

The Magical World of “Climate Change”, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing – The state of our public discourse may not be at one of its heights, but it should be a telling sign that we haven’t heard anyone say that we have a remarkable “consensus” on the Pythagorean theorem.  There is no citation to credentialed people to assure us that it’s “accepted” among those who should know that the square of the hypotenuse in the right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the two adjacent sides.

Driving Out Love: The Modern Bureaucratic Lifestyle, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – It is difficult to offer a comprehensive critique of our Godless modern culture simply because it is so difficult to know where to begin. In this instance, I will start at the top, so to speak, with a consideration of the absurdity of our captivity to the modern bureaucratic State.

An Unsatable System, by John William O’Sullivan

By John William O’Sullivan, First Things – A recent poll showed something that is not getting the attention it deserves in American politics. When asked whether they believed there was voter fraud in the 2020 election that helped Joe Biden win, 75 percent of Republicans replied in the affirmative. The poll also indicated that this is not a strictly partisan issue; 40 percent of independent voters concurred.

Farewell Twitter, Goodbye Youtube, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Remember the rules, people. It’s okay to argue that every young person on earth should have his or her puberty blocked, using dangerous hormones. It’s fine to promote, in all seriousness, hunting down every last unborn baby with Down Syndrome, and killing him in the womb. Or to defend China’s massive use of Uyghur slave labor to make Nike sneakers, Apple products, or just plain pick cotton in the fields. It’s also acceptable to promote a global totalitarian religious state that persecutes homosexuals — as long as that state is Muslim.

Fr. Quan Tran: Our Love is Perfected by Loving God

By Fr. Quan Tran, Catholic Exchange – St. Thomas Aquinas describes holiness as the perfection of charity. This makes sense because Scripture tells us that God is love and that He is holy. Therefore, to be holy is to be like God and to love perfectly. But how do we know of God’s love? And what does perfect love look like?… St. John tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. God’s love is revealed in the Paschal Mystery, that is, the life, Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. St. Paul adds, “God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Clearing the Air Regarding St. John Paul II and Theodore McCarrick

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News – Just last week, the president of the Polish bishops’ conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, criticized the “attacks” on John Paul, arguing that the late Holy Father’s record on sexual abuse was pioneering and creditworthy, as he “initiated the process of detecting sexual crimes and punishing clergymen who perpetrate them.”… Arch. Gądecki cited the apostolic constitution Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela, which was promulgated by John Paul in April 2001. To this day it remains the centerpiece of the Vatican response to sexual-abuse cases ….

Supreme Court Blocks Colorado Governor’s Lockdown Orders Limiting Church Attendance, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Attorneys for the church praised the Supreme Court ruling… “Today in Colorado it is perfectly legal for hundreds of shoppers to pack themselves cheek by jowl into a Lowes or other big box store or patronize any one of the thousands of other retail establishments that are not subject to draconian numerical limits,” wrote Barry Arrington, an attorney for the church… “But if 51 people were to meet to worship God in a small rural church in Ault, Colorado, they would do so at the risk of being fined and imprisoned,” Arrington wrote.

‘We Are Not Alone’: A 2020 Recap by Archbishop Viganò

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – The months that we leave behind represent one of the darkest moments in the history of humanity: for the first time ever, since the birth of the Savior, the Holy Keys have been used to close churches and restrict the celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments, almost in anticipation of the abolition of the daily Sacrifice prophesied by Daniel, which will take place during the reign of the Antichrist.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Being in Church is Essential, Governor. Virtual is Not the Same as Real.

By Msgr. Charles Pope – We human beings are body and soul. It is our dignity to combine the two orders of creation: matter and spirit. Angels are pure spirit, animals are matter, but the human person gloriously unites both orders in our one person… For the human person, physical presence is important because we are not disembodied energy and while absences are sometimes necessary, it is usually thought of as less than ideal when we “phone it in” or go virtual.

Biden’s Pro-Abortion ‘Mafia’

The Editors, National Catholic Register – Biden is in the process of assembling a collective of pro-abortion political extremists to fill many of the most important posts of an incoming Biden administration… The most striking example to date is… he wants California AG Xavier Becerra to serve as his secretary of Health and Human Services… Becerra has prioritized the advancement of abortion and the persecution of pro-life perspectives, to a truly shocking degree.

The Incarnation: A New Way of Being Human, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – St. Irenaeus… (asks) the question… if all this was known beforehand, then what exactly did Christ bring? Irenaeus responds: He brought all newness, by bringing Himself who had been announced. For this very thing was proclaimed beforehand, that a novelty should come to renew and quicken mankind.

Physicist: ‘Star of Bethlehem’ May Have Been Planetary Alignment

By John Burger, Aleteia – The celestial event that led the Magi to Jesus was an extremely rare and symbol-packed happening… The conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter on December 21 is being billed as a “Christmas Star.” Because the two massive planets will appear to be just .1 degree apart, they will look to Earthlings like one big bright star, suggestive of the Star of Bethlehem that heralded Jesus’ birth.

California’s Business Exodus Grows, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – But this exodus of businesses out of California is not a recent phenomenon that can be blamed on COVID and Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s draconian lockdowns, although they have certainly contributed. Instead, this problem has been years in the making, thanks to California’s high taxes and over-regulation.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Which Son Did the Father’s Will?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 21:28-32 – “What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, `I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,’ but did not go..

Saint of the Day for December 15: Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

By Franciscan Media – his woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world… Born into a distinguished family in Aachen—then ruled by Prussia, but formerly Aix-la-Chapelle, France—Frances ran the household after her mother’s death, and established a reputation for generosity to the poor. In 1844, she became a Secular Franciscan.

An Account of How ‘Horrible’ ObamaCare Actually Is, by Chris Woodward

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow – Regardless of who is inaugurated as president next month, the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, remains the law of the land. And while some people think it’s great, others beg to differ… Christopher Briggs, public affairs counsel with the Independent Institute, says his daughter has cancer, and ObamaCare has made it worse.

The ‘Dictatorship of Relativism’ Has Arrived, by Casey Chalk

By Casey Chalk, Crisis Magazine – At the beginning of the 2005 conclave, Pope Benedict XVI preached a now-famous homily condemning what he called the “dictatorship of relativism.” The newly-elected pontiff warned: “We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.”

Supporter of Pope Francis, Leonardo Boff: “Human Beings are the Great Threat to Life on Earth”, by Carlos Esteban

By Carlos Esteban, Infovaticanao – Leonardo Boff, the secularized Brazilian Franciscan who has gone from Liberation Theology to Integral Ecology, and from being disciplined by the then prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to becoming a “dear brother” and collaborator of His successor, Francisco, has just published his latest book, ‘An integral ecology’ …

Lesson One in Prayer, by Peter Kreeft

By Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Integrated Catholic Life – Let’s get very, very basic and very, very practical about prayer. The single most important piece of advice I know about prayer is also the simplest: Just do it!… How to do it is less important than just doing it. Less-than-perfect prayer is infinitely better than no prayer; more perfect prayer is only finitely better than less perfect prayer.

Trump: ‘It’s Not Over’, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – President Donald Trump said Sunday that despite the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Texas lawsuit challenging election results in several states, “It’s not over.”… “The election was over at 10:00 in the evening. I had won. It was 97, 98 percent. All of the bookies all over the world were saying the election’s over. They wouldn’t even take bets on it, and then all of a sudden around 11:00, ballots start getting dropped.

A ‘Disastrous’ Message From Notre Dame, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – I distinctly recall that the citation referred repeatedly to his role in “The West Wing.” At the time those references mean nothing to me. But when I read Lev’s column in the Catholic Herald—which is entitled ‘The West Wing’ had a disastrous influence on Catholics—I understood. With the award, Notre Dame was testifying to the world that Sheen, by his participation in a show that advanced the “pro-choice” agenda, had “illustrated the ideas of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”

BREAKING – Cdl. Burke: COVID is Being Used for ‘Great Reset’ to Attack ‘Freedom’ and ‘Families’

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – “Then there is the mysterious Wuhan virus.. it has been used by certain forces, inimical to families and to the freedom of nations, to advance their evil agenda. These forces tell us that we are now the subjects of the so-called ‘Great Reset,’ the ‘new normal,’ which is dictated to us by their manipulation of citizens and nations through ignorance and fear.”

Fr. Patrick Briscoe: Rejoice Sunday Even in 2020: Here’s How to Get it Right

By Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP, Aleteia – The prophet Isaiah, no stranger to suffering, announces, “I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul.” This is a joy that can never be taken from us. As Christians, the Lord alone is the deepest joy of our soul… Isaiah describes the intimacy of this joy with glorious wedding imagery. Our souls are “like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels.”

Restoring Church Beauty: Artists Mend Statues in an Age of Vandals

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News – St. Michael’s Catholic Church stands like its namesake sentinel over a city that needs the church’s presence. For the faithful who cross the threshold, the doors of this neo-Gothic church open wide to reveal a pageant of color and light… Around the Rochester, New York, sanctuary and upon the altar are the statues, which, despite the passage of decades, have been renewed in splendor by a local artist and longtime parishioner.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider et al: Covid Vaccines: ‘The Ends Cannot Justify the Means’

In the case of vaccines made from the cell lines of aborted human fetuses, we see a clear contradiction between the Catholic doctrine to categorically, and beyond the shadow of any doubt, reject abortion in all cases as a grave moral evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance (see Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2268, n. 2270), and the practice of regarding vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines as morally acceptable in exceptional cases of “urgent need” — on the grounds of remote, passive, material cooperation.

Gov. Ralph Northam Shuts Down Churches: “You Don’t Have to Sit in the Church Pew”, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told Virginians Thursday that they don’t need to be in church for God to hear their prayers… The governor announced a new executive order Thursday expanding mask mandates, setting a curfew between midnight and 5 a.m., and lowering the number of people at social gatherings to 10 or less people, the Washington Post reported.

Report: Huge Data Leak ‘Exposes’ Chinese Communist Party Members ‘Embedded’ In Western Companies And Governments

“Communist party branches have been set up inside western companies, allowing the infiltration of those companies by CCP members — who, if called on, are answerable directly to the communist party, to the Chairman, the president himself,” said Sky News’ Sharri Markson… “Along with the personal identifying details of 1.95 million communist party members, mostly from Shanghai, there are also the details of 79,000 communist party branches, many of them inside companies.”

The Trump Administration vs. Pope Francis’ Vatican: Virtue, and Virtue-Signaling, by Jason Jones & John Zmirak

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak, The Stream – The billionaires and multi-billion-dollar foundations partnered with Francis aren’t spending their own money to help the poor. Instead they seek political and economic power, using the poor as a pretext… Pope Francis signed an alliance with Communist China, aimed against the West. His top authority on Catholic social teaching, Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, praised China as living out that teaching better than the United States does.

Cdl. Sarah’s Signature Absent From Vatican Letter Backing Ban of Communion on Tongue During COVID, by Pete Baklinski

 By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – The signature of the Vatican’s liturgy chief is missing from a controversial letter signed by the secretary of the Vatican body that supervises worship and sacraments in the Church. The letter supports the decision of a U.S. bishop to ban reception of Holy Communion on the tongue in his diocese on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

5 Questions With Family Studies: Ryan and Mary Rose Verret on Marriage Mentoring, by Alysse ElHage

By Alysse ElHage, Institute for Family Studies – The mentor couples have shared that their first response to being chosen brought tears. Their own adult children had never said that they wanted a marriage like theirs or that they admired their marriage. Often, the mentor couple’s adult children do not go to church, and yet now they have this young newly married couple going to church and sharing meals with them. The mentor couple’s marriage takes on a whole new level of witness and involvement in the church community.

The Vision of the Eucharist Given to the Fatima Visionaries, by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Catholic Exchange – Moving closer to the end of the second week of Advent, we focus on the Eucharist. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. . . . He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me” (John 6:48, 56–57)… The Eucharist is central to our lives as Catholics and a vital part of Our Lady of Fatima’s message.

‘So Help Me God’, by William Federer

By William Federer, Patriot Post – In August of 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville observed a court case:  “While I was in America, a witness, who happened to be called at the assizes of the county of Chester (state of New York), declared that he did not believe in the existence of God or in the immortality of the soul…. The judge refused to admit his evidence, on the ground that the witness had destroyed beforehand all confidence of the court in what he was about to say. The newspapers related the fact without any further comment …”

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast … would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own share of it.” —Thomas Jefferson (1814)

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: All Hold That John Was a Prophet

Author Don Schwager , Servants of the Word – Matthew 21:23-27 – And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Saint of the Day for December 14: Saint John of the Cross

By 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. The Paschal Mystery—through death to life—strongly marks John as reformer, mystic-poet, and theologian-priest.

The Church in Crisis, by Eduardo J. Echeverria

By Eduardo J. Echeverria, The Catholic Thing – Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, director of graduate theology programs in evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, has written an extraordinary book, A  Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward. His analysis of this crisis, in a time of confusion and division, is comprehensive in scope, examining its ecclesial, doctrinal, and moral dimensions.

Yes, Bill Gates Said That (“Digital Immunity Proof Will be Required to Travel”). Here’s the Proof, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., LifeSiteNews – In 2019, according to a not-yet-purged Scientific American article, Gates commissioned the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build an injectable quantum dot dye system to tattoo stored medical info beneath children’s skin. The tattoo was designed to be readable by an iPhone app… Gates’ company, Microsoft, has patented a sinister technology that uses implanted chips with sensors that will monitor body and brain activity. It promises to reward compliant humans with crypto currency payments when they perform assigned activities.

‘Vatican Manger Mirrors Pope’s Modernism’, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – The Vatican’s Christmas crib has been swamped by a tidal wave of mockery and outrage, with laity and art historians linking the “syncretist,” “brutalist,” “modernist,” and “masonic” manger to Pope Francis’ compromised Catholicism… An astronaut in the Vatican’s 2020 crib… Catholics on social media and art critics in the mainstream press lampooned the Nativity scene after it was installed in St. Peter’s Square Friday evening, accompanied by an almost audible sigh of Weltschmerz and a round of feeble applause.

Bishops Schneider and Strickland Sign Statement Firmly Rejecting Vaccines Derived from Aborted Human Foetuses, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, December 12, 2020 – What else can a vaccine derived from foetal cell lines be other than a violation of the God-given Order of Creation? For it is based on a serious violation of this Order through the murder of an unborn child. Had this child not been denied the right to life, had his cells (which have been further cultivated several times in the lab) not been made available for the production of a vaccine, they could not be marketed. We therefore have here a double violation of God’s holy Order: on the one hand, through the abortion itself, and on the other hand, through the heinous business of trafficking and marketing the remains of aborted children. Yet, this double disregard for the divine Order of Creation can never be justified, not even on the grounds of preserving the health of a person or society through such vaccines.

Bishop James Conley: Desolation and Consolation

By Bishop James Conley, Southern Nebraska Register – The entire world is waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine to end the pandemic… We long to get back to our normal way of life… We need to stop living in fear. We need the strife and tension that has arisen between people due to this pandemic to end… When we really engage and practice Ignatius’ discernment of spirits, the Lord blesses us with a greater trust in him, as we learn to abandon ourselves to his divine providence. We learn to seek serenity and peace even amidst the external problems of the world or internal desolation within us.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Nearly Indecipherable! Exploring a Gospel Passage that is Difficult but Rich in Blessings

By Msgr. Charles Pope – At the center of this reading is St. John the Baptist and the setting forth of his role by Jesus. The first difficulty in the text is most easily overcome, namely that Jesus seems to offer faint praise for John the Baptist. On the one hand he says no one born of woman was greater than John. But then, he indicates that the least born into the Kingdom is greater than John. There are several explanations that can be taken together to explain this remark.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Elijah Must First Come

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 17: 9a,10-13 – And as they were coming down the mountain the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” He replied, “Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands.” …

December 12th: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Culture – In the winter of 1531, a poor, 57-year-old Aztec Indian living five miles outside of Mexico City encountered a miraculous happening on his way to morning Mass. First he heard strange music coming from Tepeyac Hill, and then he heard a woman’s voice calling his name. Juan Diego climbed the hill and encountered a young woman, appearing to be of his own people in physical appearance and dress. The woman identified herself as the Virgin Mary, ….

Texas Defends Its SCOTUS Lawsuit in New Brief: We are “Likely to Prevail on the Merits”, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Texas officials have filed a reply brief at the Supreme Court in response to legal papers filed by the four states it sued over election fraud. The states mostly focused on prior cases that lower courts have turned back but Texas says it is confident about its case and expects to “prevail on the merits.”… The Texas lawsuit asks the Supreme Court to delay the December 14 Electoral College vote and block the four states from casting their votes in the Electoral College for pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden.

These Classic Children’s Stories Warn Us of the Peril of Buying Into the Big Lie — a COVID Lesson, by Pete Baklinski

By Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – Rights and freedoms have been crushed. Churches have been closed. Worshiping God in public has been banned. Many have lost their jobs. Lockdowns are destroying businesses. Economies are in shambles. People walk around in masks with fear in their eyes. Fear is everywhere. Most are controlled by it. Many have come to the point mentally and emotionally where they are willing to do almost anything to secure their safety, to live in peace and freedom once again, to go back to the way things were just one short year ago.

New Adam and Eve, by Bradley Eli

Without Mary, there would be no Jesus. Without Jesus, there would be no life. Christ, the Redeemer, and Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer, brought spiritual life to a world dead in sin… Saint Paul pairs the life-giving Christ with Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:22: “And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.”… Saint Paul further explains in Roman 5:19, “For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners; so also by the obedience of one, many shall be made just.”

Your Comprehensive Guide To Streaming These 25 Christmas Classics, by  Josh Shepherd

By Josh Shepherd, The Federalist – By Josh Shepherd, The Federalist – As the streaming wars heat up between Netflix, Disney Plus, and other on-demand services, getting the rights to popular holiday films is a highly contested battlefront. Unfortunately, it makes finding the best classic Christmas movies and TV specials almost as difficult as Santa’s task of visiting every home on Christmas Eve. ..

Texas Sues 4 Swing States: Tx AG Ken Paxton’ If Other States Don’t Follow the Constitution…It Affects My State’

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – SCOTUS has placed on its docket a lawsuit filed by Texas asking the court to “delay the deadline for the appointment of presidential electors” so ongoing voter fraud investigations may be completed… Tx AG Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit against Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, where the Trump campaign alleges the election was “stolen” from him… “It’s really important to my state that my voters be represented”

Fr. Roger Landry: Acting on Lessons Learned

Father Roger Landry, National Catholic Register – On May 1, as the initial panicked phase of the battle against COVID-19 was concluding, I wrote that the most important and urgent lesson Church leaders needed to learn coming out of the first phase was the disaster of acquiescing as various civil leaders attempted to treat the Church’s activity and worship as a “non-essential” service.

Fulton County Commission Accepted $6.3 Million Grant from Zuckerberg-Funded ‘Safe Elections’ Project with No Public Discussion, by Michael P. Leahy

By Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart – By Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart – The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to accept a $6.3 million grant from the Mark-Zuckerberg funded Center for Technology and Civic Life “Safe Elections” project at a September 2, 2020 board meeting. It proceeded without asking a single question about the name of the group providing the funding, the origin of the funding, or the details of what the funding would be used for.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” —Alexander Hamilton (1802)

TFP: The Prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success About Our Times (Published 2000)

TFP – During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Our Lady of Good Success appeared in Quito, Ecuador to a Spanish nun whose little-known but extraordinary life has a direct connection with our days… The Pope’s “infallibility will be declared a dogma of Faith by the same Pope chosen to proclaim the dogma of the mystery of my Immaculate Conception. He will be persecuted and imprisoned in the Vatican through the usurpation of the Pontifical States and through the malice, envy, and avarice of an earthly monarch.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Come to Me and I Will Give You Rest

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Saint of the Day for December 9: St. Juan Diego

By Franciscan Media – First called Cuauhtlatohuac (“The eagle who speaks”), Juan Diego’s name is forever linked with Our Lady of Guadalupe because it was to him that she first appeared at Tepeyac hill on December 9, 1531. The most famous part of his story is told in connection with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. After the roses gathered in his tilma were transformed into the miraculous image of Our Lady, however, little more is said about Juan Diego.

This Christmas, COVID Has Cast a Pall Over Bethlehem, by John Burger

By John Burger, Aleteia – If the Holy Family had a hard time finding an inn to stay in when Jesus was about to be born, it is the inns of Bethlehem themselves that are having the difficulty this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in the Holy Land so much that tourism and religious pilgrimage there are practically non-existent… “Sixty percent of the city relies on tourism, and their income disappeared when the tourists disappeared,” al-Arja told the AP

Memory and Gratitude, by Francis X. Maier

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing – The problem with Christians, Charles Péguy (reportedly) once said, is that they don’t believe what they believe. It’s a clever line. Whether he actually said it, I have no idea. But it doesn’t matter. Because either way, the words are true. Until we suffer for what we believe, or have our hearts changed by the witness of others who suffer, our faith is untested and aspirational; a matter of good intentions. Which brings me to my best friend Joe.

The Mass Is Under Attack. Will Francis Speak? by F. A. Grabowski

By F. A. Grabowski, Crisis Magazine – Celebrating Christ’s Passion and receiving the Eucharist will, however. Let’s render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, but let us also pray that our religious leaders, like Moses, will have the courage to act as good shepherds to protest against the harmful restrictions imposed on right worship and lead their flocks back to the sacred places where God can again be served by His obedient faithful as He intended.

Texas Sues Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin to Overturn Their Election Results, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The state of Texas has filed a lawsuit against four battleground states saying their loose election rules disenfranchises voters in the Lone Star State because they are fraught with fraud. Texas took the lawsuit directly to the Supreme Court saying those states violated the Elector’s Clause… “The 2020 election suffered from significant and unconstitutional irregularities,” the case says.

FDA: Death, Heart Attacks, Stroke, Blood Disorders All Possible Side Effects of COVID Vaccine (Pharmaceutical Companies Not Liable)

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – And due to a little-known federal law from the 1980s, pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued in court if their vaccines injure or kill someone. Instead, people injured or killed by vaccines (or their relatives) must use the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which was created in 1986. It protects pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits related to vaccine injuries or deaths.

Second Rule of Discernment (or) How we rescue the Church, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – I had an engaging exchange with an interested party on Facebook recently on the question of what we could best do to resolve the problems—indeed the crisis—in which the Church finds herself today. That crisis varies from place to place, but what was under consideration in this case was the incredible pusillanimity of the Church from top to bottom in the West. Pusillanimity is a good, biting word meaning “lack of courage or determination; timidity”.

CNA: Pope Francis Proclaims Year of St. Joseph (12-8-2020)

Catholic News Agency – Pope Pius IX proclaimed St. Joseph patron of the Universal Church on Dec. 8, 1870, in the decree Quemadmodum Deus… In its decree Tuesday, the Apostolic Penitentiary said that, “to reaffirm the universality of St. Joseph’s patronage in the Church,” it would grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who recite any approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph, especially on March 19, the saint’s solemnity, and May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker… Other notable days for the plenary indulgence are the Feast of the Holy Family on Dec. 29 …

Advent: December 8th: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

By Catholic Culture – “Hail Mary, full of grace”. For thousands of centuries, millions of times per day the Virgin Mary is greeted by the faithful with the greeting of the Archangel, that we hear resonating anew in today’s Gospel. The sons of the Church learn from the words of the Archangel Gabriel that the fullness of the mystery of God’s grace was realized in Holy Mary. St Paul the Apostle teaches us that the Father made all fullness dwell in His Incarnate Son (c.f. Col 1:12-20), which overflows from Christ’s head and spills out on His Mystical Body that is the Church. Before descending in Body, Christ’s fullness was spread in a unique and unrepeatable way on Mary, predestined from eternity to be the Mother of God.

HISTORY LESSON! Schools Don’t Teach This but Catholics Should Know (WATCH 2 minutes)

CatholicVote, Dec 7, 2020 – Schools Don’t Teach This but Catholics Should Know (WATCH 2 minutes)… What does American national pride have to do with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?

Why We Refuse to Fight, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – The best book I’ve worked on, out of a dozen I’ve written, co-written, or edited, was The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins. Hands down. Not because it’s funnier, or more politically pointed. No, I like it the most because I’ve been told that it’s the most useful. It does something that nobody’s done, at least not in English and not for a very long time, so far as I’ve seen. Let me explain.

Abp. Aquila backs Call for Pro-Abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to Be Denied Holy Communion, by Dorothy Cummings McLean

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews – Arch. Samuel Aquila of Denver has given his public support to Arch. Charles Chaput and his declaration that former Vice President and ardent abortion supporter, Joe Biden, “should not receive Holy Communion.”… Aquila tweeted a statement by Chaput and then added his own thoughts. Chaput stated in the journal First Things, regarding Biden’s promotion of permissive abortion laws, “Mr. Biden has said that he will continue to advance those same policies as president, and thus should not receive Holy Communion. His stated intention requires a strong and consistent response from Church leaders and faithful.”

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams (1781)

A Challenge to Pro-Life Voters, by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – For many Christian conservatives, the No. 1 voting issue is abortion. Under no circumstances will we vote for a “pro-choice” candidate, no matter how good that candidate’s other policies may be. Conversely, we will vote for a strong pro-life candidate even if that candidate does not line up with some of our other ideals. After all, we reason, what is more important than the shedding of innocent blood, especially the blood of babies in their mothers’ wombs?

Christ’s Mandate Couldn’t Be Clearer — Even in a Pandemic

By Donald DeMarco, EWTN News – A politician charms his voters by promising them better opportunities for success. Christ, on the other hand, is not at all concerned about success. He demands that all people love each other. Love is not necessarily a path to success. Christ, himself, crucified at 33 among thieves, was not, in the eyes of the world, a success… The politician promises to make things better on the outside. Christ is concerned about who we are on the inside. Success, as the world understands it, is defined in material terms.

President Trump Predicts “Big Things” in Election Fraud Cases This Week

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – President Donald Trump is predicting “big things” in his election fraud cases this week. The president has not received much in the way of good news from the courts so far in his various lawsuit challenging the results of the presidential election over election problems but today he predicted the pendulum would begin swinging in his direction… “The case has been made, and now we find out what we can do about it. You’ll see a lot of big things happening over the next couple of days,” he told reported today at the White House.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: God Carries Us in His Bosom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 18:12-14 – What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Saint of the Day for December 8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Franciscan Media – A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity… In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ ….

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Spiritual Strategic Planning

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Military and business schools study, repackage, and teach the proven management techniques of great leaders. Perhaps we could apply to the spiritual life the practical wisdom of their best practices… Saint Paul insists: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (Col. 3:1) He also reminds us: “…our [citizenship] is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ….”

Texas Sues Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin at Supreme Court over Election Rules

By Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart – The State of Texas filed a lawsuit directly with the U.S. Supreme Court shortly before midnight on Monday challenging the election procedures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the grounds that they violate the Constitution… Texas argues that these states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they made changes to voting rules and procedures through the courts or through executive actions, but not through the state legislatures.

BREAKING: YouTube Bans LifeSite Over Video of Bp. Strickland Refusing to Take Corona Vaccine

By LifeSiteNews staff – YouTube has once again censored LifeSiteNews, this time for an episode of The Bishop Strickland Show in which Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas discussed why he will not be receiving an abortion-tainted coronavirus vaccine… The episode of the bishop’s was labeled “medical misinformation.” LifeSite will appeal the decision, which suspends our YouTube account that boasts more than 200,000 subscribers for two weeks.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day… Because Advent is a time to prepare, through prayer and repentance, we do well to heed this sacred teaching and warning. It is echoed by St. John the Baptist, of whom the Gospel today says, A voice of one crying out in the desert ….

The Covid Vaccine and the Pro-Life Movement, by Melissa Moschella

By Melissa Moschella, First Things – Pfizer, Moderna, and now AstraZeneca have produced successful COVID-19 vaccines—an achievement that is naturally being hailed as a nearly miraculous medical breakthrough. But it has raised concerns in some quarters: Should pro-lifers refuse to use the vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from the tissue of aborted fetuses?

We Can’t Control COVID (Or Much of Anything Else) by John Stonestreet & Maria Baer

By John Stonestreet & Maria Baer, The Stream – What is clear, more clear than ever in fact, is the base set of assumptions we now operate from as Westerners and Americans. Catastrophes like COVID always reveal worldview. To borrow a phrase philosopher Craig Gay uses in his book The Way of the (Modern) World, we are “practical atheists.” A subtle, operational-level form of secularism, practical atheism is not necessarily to believe that God does not exist. Rather, it’s to live as if God does not exist.

Archbishop Viganò: Under Francis’s Leadership, Christ the King Has Been Uncrowned

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – Conversely, the so-called “church” of Bergoglio does not hesitate to close churches, arrogating to itself the wicked right to deny God public worship and to deprive the faithful of the grace of the Sacraments through a wretched connivance with civil power. This “church” humiliates the Most Holy Trinity, lowering it to the level of idols and demons with sacrilegious rituals of a neo-pagan religion. It snatches the crown and scepter away from Christ the King in the name of Masonic Globalism; it offends the Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix in order not to annoy the heretics, Her enemies.

The Friars Helping to Renew the Church, by Thomas Griffin

By Thomas Griffin, Catholic Exchange – The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal are reviving faith in communities around the globe. The spirit of St. Francis of Assisi is alive and well in these friars and sisters of the renewal who radically live out the call of the Gospel while allowing the intensity of their life to flow from the humble gaze of Christ directed towards our hearts. This is lived out with a hyper-focus on the call of Christ and Francis to embrace the life of continual conversion and union with the Father. 

Leaders: Are You Feeling Jaded or Joyful? by Randy Hain

By Randy Hain, Linkedin – As we ponder this idea of being jaded or joyful, think about the holiday season we are in right now and the opportunity we have to finish 2020 well and prepare for a more positive, hopeful and joyful 2021. We can fight the widespread gloom that surrounds us by spreading goodwill and joy any way we can. We can greet others with kindness, a smile and “Merry Christmas!” or use the holiday greeting with which we are most comfortable. We can speak with work colleagues, friends and family with the desire to bring joy and cheerfulness to the conversation rather than complaints.

Georgia’s Rev. Warnock: ‘I Have a Profound Reverence for Life, and an Abiding Respect for Choice’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – Loeffler twice accused Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, of using the Bible to justify abortion – without drawing a reaction, until the moderator, Fox 5 Atlanta’s Russ Spencer, pressed him to “respond to the abortion issue in particular.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Your God Will Come and Save You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus …

Saint of the Day for December 7: St. Ambrose

Franciscan Media – One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment, people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and those who heartily disliked him. He emerges as the man of action who cut a furrow through the lives of his contemporaries. Even royal personages were numbered among those who were to suffer crushing divine punishments for standing in Ambrose’s way.

WATCH: What Do Bishops Really Do? Inside the Life of a Catholic Bishop

By ChurchPOP Editor – Have you ever wondered what Catholic Bishops do?.. On this week’s episode of The Catholic Talk Show, Ryan Scheel, Fr. Rich Pagano, and Ryan DellaCross discuss What Do Catholic Bishops Really Do with Bishop David Toups of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas… WATCH

Archbishop Cordileone Discusses Religious Liberty, COVID Restrictions and Equal Treatment, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register – On Thursday, the Supreme Court vacated the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling against California churches that had sued over restrictions that banned indoor worship altogether while still permitting some businesses to remain open at 25% capacity in areas with severe spread of the coronavirus. This followed the high court’s decision last week in Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, in which it ruled 5-4 that places of worship should have injunctive relief against New York’s 10- and 25-person occupancy limits …

Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky: Glorifying God in your Body

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing – The season of Advent is a season of spiritual preparation to meet Jesus. We will meet Him in the manger on Christmas Day; we will meet him in Holy Communion at Mass; we will meet Him when we enter eternity. We need to prepare ourselves spiritually, acknowledging our sins with a good Confession during these days. But caring for our bodies also binds in conscience: “You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Pfizer Warns Pregnant Women Not to Use Vaccine Because of Fertility Risks, Says Breastfeeding Problematic, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A new document published on a British government website warns against giving the new Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to pregnant and breastfeeding women because of potential risks… According to the document, there is little data about the risks of the vaccine thus far, and animal reproductive toxicity studies are not finished. Therefore, the Pfizer vaccine, BNT162b2, “is not recommended during pregnancy,” the document for medical professionals states.

Arch. Charles J. Chaput: Mr. Biden and the Matter of Scandal

By Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., First Things – The implications for the present moment are clear. Public figures who identify as “Catholic” give scandal to the faithful when receiving Communion by creating the impression that the moral laws of the Church are optional. And bishops give similar scandal by not speaking up publicly about the issue and danger of sacrilege. Thus it’s also worth revisiting the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the evil—and the grave damage—of scandal ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the – Matthew 9:35-10:1,6-8 – And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. …

 Saint of the Day for December 5: St. Sabas

Franciscan Media – Born in Cappadocia, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism… After an unhappy childhood in which he was abused and ran away several times, Sabas finally sought refuge in a monastery. While family members tried to persuade him to return home, the young boy felt drawn to monastic life.

The Point of Greatest Fear, by Elizabeth A. Mitchell

By Elizabeth A. Mitchell, The Catholic Thing – In clear and unequivocal tones, the young priest stated, “God wants to meet you at the point of your greatest fear.” Go, he explained, to the point of your greatest fear, in your mind and heart, and God will meet you there. When He meets you there, tell Him about the fear, and He will help you there… Those words struck me in my core. I had to admit that although I had consecrated my life to Jesus through His Blessed Mother… I tended to avoid meeting God directly.

St. Joseph, Proclaimed Patron of the Universal Church 150 Years Ago, Is Needed More Than Ever, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register – Dec. 8, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX proclaiming St. Joseph as “Patron of the Universal Church.” The timing was providential, for several reasons. The date also celebrated the 16th anniversary of Pius IX’s proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception… With the declaration on that Dec. 8, Pope Pius IX called the day “sacred to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and Spouse of the Most Chaste Joseph.”

Discernment: The First Rule, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – While today we have access to many more gifts from God than the Israelites had, when it comes to undertaking or holding back from any particular purpose in our lives, we do not have this one. Therefore, where the Israelites discerned through supereminent physical signs, we must typically discern spiritually. This is not always easy, but it does take the same sort of patience, as we try to “move” only in accordance with God’s will.

Exorcist Draws Parallels Between Deep State, Media, Demons, by Patrick Delaney

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – In a recent podcast with the U.S. Grace Force, exorcist Father Chad Ripperger provided reflections on how demonic activity has appeared to manifest itself in ongoing election fraud… “I think (the devil) is using people quite a bit,” Ripperger replied. “I think that’s the principal difficulty that we have — people who are, for lack of a better way of putting it, that they’re basically in league with him. They believe the same things that he does. They want the same goals.”

Will Beauty Save the World? by R. Jared Staudt

By R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange – What do we really need to live? No, not just survive, but to live a genuinely human life. Dostoyevsky, in his novel Demons, answers, even if he slightly exaggerates, in this way:  “Man can live without science, he can live without bread, but without beauty he could no longer live, because there would no longer be anything to do to the world. The whole secret is here, the whole of history is here.” We might limp along, but could we really live without beauty?

Chronicles of Crazy, by David Warren

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing – Were there not an alternative explanation, I would have to conclude that a certain lady’s theory of the Batflu epidemic is correct… This is the daughter of an old friend: not, I should mention, a professional epidemiologist. She is left-wing, in a way typical of her “millennial” generation, but like many of the rest not incapable of some independent thought.

Follow the Science (Except When the Results are Inconvenient), by Brian C. Joondeph, M.D.

By Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., American Thinker – The all-knowing, all-caring, anointed guru of all things COVID, Dr Anthony Fauci, has been wrong at least as often as he has been right, with a predictive value of a coin flip. Yet any scientific utterance from him is treated in the media as a scientific law, on par with gravity, as long he speaks convenient science… The CDC and WHO also have a long string of flip flops regarding the Wuhan flu… Hydroxychloroquine, a drug in common use for 6 decades, deemed safe for virtually the entire.. has now been deemed as unsafe as eating rat poison or cyanide in the minds of most media consumers.

Why PA Lawsuit May be a Winner, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, ChurchMilitant – A significant Pennsylvania case is on emergency appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, and could be the key to reversing the state’s votes for President Donald Trump… Senator Ted Cruz issued a letter to the High Court Tuesday urging the justices to hear the case: “This appeal argues that Pennsylvania cannot change the rules in the middle of the game. If Pennsylvania wants to change how voting occurs, the state must follow the law to do so.”

Don’t Waste Advent, by Joan Watson

By Joan Watson, Integrated Catholic – Advent is the most counter-cultural season we celebrate. People look at me askance when I don’t start listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween or put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving. Am I a grinch that hates Christmas? Of course not. I love Christmas – and that’s why it’s worth waiting for… Our world doesn’t know how to wait. It doesn’t know how to postpone answering immediate wants and desires.

2 Things To Do When Shepherds Don’t Shepherd, by Carrie Gress

By Carrie Gress, Theology of Home – The absence of leadership in some of our shepherds is a continual wound for many. “These are our shepherds! Why won’t they lead? What are they doing?” But this wound doesn’t have to continue to bleed. We have two things we can do… The first thing we can do is change ourselves. Rather than being mired in anger and dismay, we can adjust our expectations. …

Founder’s Quote

“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do You Believe?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 9:27-31 – And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

Saint of the Day for December 4: St. John Damascene

By Franciscan Media – John spent most of his life in the Monastery of Saint Sabas near Jerusalem, and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed protected by it… He was born in Damascus, received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs. After a few years, he resigned and went to the Monastery of Saint Sabas.

Yes, the Media Is Our Enemy, by Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine – So, yes: progressive media is the Church’s enemy. And Catholic media is the enemy of progressive media. There is no “we” when talking about Catholic and progressive journalists. It’s comparing apples and oranges, or ought to be. We don’t share a common vocation. Real Catholic media exists to defend the Church; progressive media, to destroy her.

Arch. Carlo Maria Viganò: ‘Sold Out to Satan’: Viganò Unloads on Coronavirus ‘Pseudo-Health Regime’

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – These are the paradoxes of a misguided power, managed by people corrupt in the soul and sold out to Satan, a power which, after obsessively repeating the mantras of “democracy” and “power belongs to the people” is now forced to impose a dictatorship on the people themselves, in the name of the achievement of objectives aimed at protecting the political and financial interests of the elite… This Great Reset, desired by the globalist elite, represents the final revolution with which to create a shapeless and anonymous mass of slaves connected to the internet, confined to the house, threatened by an endless series of pandemics designed by those who already have the miraculous vaccine ready.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gavin Newsom’s Lockdown Ban on Church Worship Services, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Churches in California received a major victory today when the Supreme Court struck down California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on indoor worship services. The unsigned decision follow quickly on the heels of a major ruling at Thanksgiving striking down a New York ordinance severely limiting church attendance to as low as 10 people… The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a California church challenging Newsom’s order.

Trump Gets Help From GOP Rep: I Will Block Certification, by Chad Groening, Billy Davis

By Chad Groening, Billy Davis, OneNewsNow – Accusations of vote fraud continue to pile up thanks to witnesses coming forward and describing wrongdoing, and now some Republican lawmakers are siding with President Trump despite some in their own party who have moved on… From a postal service truck driver in Pennsylvania to an IT worker in Detroit, the American public is witnessing fellow Americans say they witnessed election officials brazenly, and illegally, help Joe Biden defeat President Trump.

Urgent! 10 Actions Trump Must Take NOW to Save the Republic and World From Impending Globalist Tyranny, by Steve Jalsevac

By Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews – The purpose of this article is to explain the extreme importance of readers immediately inundating President Trump and the White House with communications urging them to stop listening to the very bad advice most of the COVID medical advisers have been giving and to IMMEDIATELY take the 10 critical actions listed further down in this article… we are currently in a storm of activity related to the election and that there is great uncertainty as to whether President Trump will still be the U.S. president on January 20, 2021. However, our election reports have revealed that the COVID-19 or Wuhan virus has been heavily exploited to justify many of the still on-going voter fraud actions and investigations.

We Can Hear God’s Voice in the Ordinary, by Jeannie Ewing

By Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange – “All that is from God makes no noise. Nothing is sudden, everything is delicate, pure, and silent.”… Robert Cardinal Sarah, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, 187… God does not operate in tempests and pandemonium. He exists in the right order, which creates a cadence of harmony in our lives. In that, we find peace. Of course, each of us carries our fair share of chaos and stress, but if we truly want to find the voice of God speaking directly to us and be confident it is Him, we must weed out the excess that gets in the way.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Shall Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word -Matthew 7:21,24-27 – “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house …

Saint of the Day for December 3: St. Francis Xavier

By Franciscan Media – Jesus asked, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”.. The words were repeated to a young teacher of philosophy who had a highly promising career in academics, with success and a life of prestige and honor before him… Francis Xavier, 24 at the time, and living and teaching in Paris, did not heed these words at once.

Globalists Cheer Pope’s Role in ‘Great Reset’, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Speaking to Church Militant, Catholic academic John Zmirak warned: “I have read fewer things more sinister than the WEF’s latest production. While you and I might laugh at Pope Francis’ clunky prose and sophomoric moralism, we see in the WEF’s propaganda the dangerous uses to which Francis’ ideas can be put.”… Dr. Zmirak.. noted that the pontiff is “an enemy of human freedom, and those who crave the chance to concretely strip us of our basic rights as Western men and Christians will not put a pope like this to waste.”

‘John Kerry and the Democrat Left, Are Traitors to the U.S. Constitution’, by Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl

By Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl, OneNewsNow – Responding to Kerry’s remarks, Christian apologist Alex McFarland says the American people did not vote for the “reset” envisioned by Kerry and other powerful global leaders… “People need to understand: This is really a form of treason,” McFarland tells One News Now. “John Kerry [and] the Democrat Left, they are traitors to the U.S. Constitution.”

Trump: ‘I Am Determined to Protect Our Election System, Which Is Now Under Coordinated Assault and Seige’

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “This may be the most important speech I’ve ever made,” President Donald Trump said in a 46-minute videotaped message he posted directly to Facebook, bypassing the hostile White House press corps… “I want to provide an update on our ongoing efforts to expose the tremendous voter fraud and irregularities which took place during the ridiculously long November 3rd elections.”… As president, I have no higher duty than to defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States. That is why I am determined to protect our election system, which is now under coordinated assault and siege.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Of Preludes, Postludes, and Appreciation for Sacred Liturgy

By Msgr Charles Pope – To some extent, though, we Catholics have lost our way when it comes to the conclusion of Mass. Whether there is a recessional hymn or not, as the clergy and servers depart, one is invited to stay for a few moments to personally thank the Lord for the gift that has unfolded. Sometimes this is done in silence for a moment or two. Some organists, especially those who are particularly gifted, choose to assist this act of worthy and joyful thanks with a postlude. ..

Cardinal Pell on What He Learned From His Time In Prison: ‘The Christian Package Works’, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – (W)hat do you hope publishing the journal will achieve?… That’s a good question. Well, first of all, I’m hoping it’ll help people understand Christianity a bit better, to help Christians who might be in a situation that’s very difficult. I mean, there are many motives for writing it, not the least of which is therapy. There are other motives for getting it published, which I wouldn’t have done if nobody was interested.

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Ask Supreme Court to Invalidate Joe Biden’s “Win” Due to Election Fraud, by Anders Hagstrom

By Anders Hagstrom, LifeNews – Pro-Trump lawmakers have asked the Supreme Court of the United States to nullify Pennsylvania’s certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state, Bloomberg reported Tuesday evening.
The effort, led by pro-Trump Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, maintains that the Pennsylvania General Assembly illegally adjusted mail-in ballot laws ahead of the 2020 election. Kelly’s argument is the same one that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected on Saturday. The decision now rests with Justice Samuel Alito…

LifeSiteNews: Bishop Strickland: I Will Not Accept a COVID Vaccine Derived From Aborted Babies

By LifeSiteNews staff – Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas has taken a strong stand on the possibility of a coronavirus vaccine containing fetal cell lines of aborted babies… As many COVID vaccines are beginning to be rolled out or have already, His Excellency continued to caution Catholics in his diocese and elsewhere to look into these morally objectionable vaccines. In the latest episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, as well as in recent tweets, he addresses these concerns.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Foster Your Desire for Christ in Advent

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange – The season of Advent calls us to watch and wait always for the glorious return of Christ in obedience to Jesus’ words to us, “Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.” But because our watchfulness for Him cannot be automatic, Jesus also gives us all work to do for Him so as to please Him and thus grow in our desire for Him, “He places His servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.” To the extent that we work for His pleasure, our desire for Him will be intense enough to endure the long wait for His return.

Fr. Frank Pavone: Biden Supporters Should Stop Celebrating

By Fr. Frank Pavone, NewsMax – While the nation waits for the rightful winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election to emerge, President Trump continues to make progress on policy goals that sent him to the White House four years ago… Since Election Day, the U.S. Senate has confirmed seven new federal judges nominated by the president, and with 15 more days in session this year, could yet add to that total… The reshaping of the federal judiciary is one of the president’s greatest achievements; to date he has seen the confirmation of 227 federal judges.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Is the Lord – We Have Waited for Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 15:29-37 – And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Saint of the Day for December 2: Blessed Rafal Chylinski

Franciscan Media – Blessed Rafal Chylinski’s Story – Born near Buk in the Poznan region of Poland, Melchior Chylinski showed early signs of religious devotion; family members nicknamed him “the little monk.” After completing his studies at the Jesuit college in Poznan, Melchior joined the cavalry and was promoted to officer rank within three years.

Homeless in Advent, by Hans Boersma

By Hans Boersma, First Things – Nothing is as debilitating as homelessness. Home is where the heart is. To not have a home is to have one’s heart ripped out. Nothing is worse than being homeless, for nothing is worse than losing one’s heart. To be uprooted and displaced means to be removed from life itself… Advent reminds us that we are all homeless. Israel is a vine, Psalm 80 explains, which God carefully planted in the Promised Land.