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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.

Is It True That the Book of Revelation Indicts Big Pharma? by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – Speaking of the fall of “Babylon the Great” in the 18th chapter of the Book of Revelation, verse 23 states that “all nations were deceived by your sorcery,” but the Greek word for “sorcery” here is pharmakia. Was it possible, a caller asked me on Friday, that this was speaking of the large pharmaceutical companies? My answer was absolutely, categorically not. Allow me to explain. …

Fr. Paul John Kalchik: The Visitation, A Mystery for Advent

By Fr. Paul John Kalchik, Church Militant – The mystery harkens back to Luke 1:39–45, in which the pregnant Blessed Mother visits her pregnant, much-older cousin, Elizabeth. Scripture describes it as follows: During those days, Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit …

‘Capitol Punishment’ Is the January 6 Film You Must See, by Julie Kelly

By Julie Kelly, American Greatness – Pre-dawn FBI raids were conducted by dozens of armed agents transported in tactical vehicles to terrorize January 6 protesters and their neighbors. Citizens were ratted on by their friends and colleagues. Families were bankrupted and traumatized by the Biden regime’s ongoing crusade to punish hundreds of Americans who protested his unlawful election.

Praising the Masculine Virtues of St. Joseph as His Jubilee Draws to a Close, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – The Year of St. Joseph comes to a close on Dec. 8, and these last 12 months have prompted people to grow closer to the head of the Holy Family and patron of the universal Church. The new and increasing devotion has especially had a profound effect on men… “The Year of St. Joseph caused me to read and study and learn more about St. Joseph. It made me realize St. Joseph is our spiritual father,” Robert Tunmire …

Omicron: The United States of FEAR, Dr. Peter McCullough

By Dr. Peter McCullough, Dec 4, 2021 – Almost on cue, the holiday season of 2021 has been ushered in with the breaking news of a highly mutated new variant of SARS-CoV-2, named Omicron, from the Greek alphabet. This mutant was described from observations in Africa to have arisen from vaccinated travelers who presented with mild symptoms… Omicron has such a mutated sequence for the Spike Protein that the existing PCR tests have an “S-gene” dropout, meaning the nucleic acid sequence for this component of the PCR is not recognized. …

Doctor: There is No Doubt That Unborn Children are Alive and Human Beings From Conception

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, LifeNews – The Court is being asked to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. I joined two other female physicians (a neonatologist and an obstetrician) in an amicus brief detailing advances in fetal science that have happened since 1973.

Fr. Ed Broom: This Advent, Find Time for Silence

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Not that noise is always bad, but it is true that the human heart, mind, and the soul longs for moments of silence. As we enter more deeply into Advent, now is a great time to learn to cultivate silence… That first Christmas night is known as that Silent Night. The cold, dark night of the Nativity of Christ was cloaked in a most profound silence — the Silent Night that brought the Son of God from heaven to earth so that we might ascend from earth to heaven.

Msgr. Charles Pope: I Wanna Be Ready to Put on a Long White Robe – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

By Msgr. Charles Pope – But who may abide the day of his coming and who shall stand when he appeareth? This is the cry that goes up from the final pages of the Old Testament (Mal 3:2). The Lord himself gives the answer: See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. …

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: Advent Courage and Confidence

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Human Life Review – Advent is a time of expectation and preparation for the Christmas celebration of Christ’s first coming into our world. It is also a time to meditate upon the prospect of his second coming at the end of time. “No one knows the day or hour” (Mt. 26:34) when the Lord will return to earth in his glory to judge the living and the dead. We live each day in a state of waiting, or better, in a state of readiness, lest that day catch us off guard: “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

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

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:17-26 – 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 …

Must Read! Viganò: “Those Who Resist the NWO Will Have the Help and Protection of God”

By Cesare Sacchetti, Eye of the Needle – Satan doesn’t want to be worshipped by adopting the qualities of God, but by demanding to be an object of adoration through everything that is evil, obscene, false, absurd, and monstrous. He seeks complete subversion, a subversion ontologically devilish and Antichristic: a “New Order” obtained by means of a global coup d’état imposed under the guise of an engineered planned emergency.

Saint of the Day for December 6: St. Nicholas

Franciscan Media – The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to Saint Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. ..

Cardinal Gerhard Müller Calls COVID-Related Sacrament Restrictions ‘Grave Sin’, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin Interviews – The task of bishops is to administer the Eucharist to the faithful, not to keep them away from it. Personal devotion at home and virtual co-celebration on screens cannot replace real and physical presence in the assembly of the faithful, for we are bodily and social beings. Therefore, the grace and truth of God is communicated to us through the Incarnation of his Son and is shared with us in the community of the Church. It is his Body. In the Eucharist, Christ is hidden but really present with his divinity and his humanity — in flesh and blood.

Louisiana Sen. Kennedy: ‘I Don’t Think There’s a Constitutional Right to Abortion’, by Megan Williams

By Megan Williams, CNSNews – When asked if the Founding Fathers believed in a right to abortion, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said, “I don’t think there’s a constitutional right to abortion in the United States Constitution.”

A Visit to St. Joseph Basilica, by Joseph Pronechen

By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News – St. Joseph Basilica in Webster, Massachusetts, the third named as one of New England’s half-dozen basilicas, is one of the most beautiful of churches honoring the greatest saint in heaven after Mary, his holy spouse. Yet it keeps a rather humble profile, as did St. Joseph.

To Heal the Eyes of the Heart, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – In the spring of 430 AD, the Vandals – a Germanic horde numbering in the tens of thousands – began a siege of Hippo Regius, an affluent and important city on the North African coast (modern Annaba in Algeria). Today, that might seem an obscure episode within the movements of various “barbarian” peoples in the waning days of the Roman Empire (which “fell” just fifty years later), if not for the fact that the bishop of the city at the time was the great St. Augustine.

Can a Catholic Be a Libertarian? by Kennedy Hall

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – Lately I’ve been extensively reading the Austrian Economists and the thinkers of the Libertarian tradition. I can already hear the groans and screams of some readers pulling their hair—or beards—out as they lament the seemingly inexcusable faux pas of a traditional Catholic such as myself dabbling in the world of political and economic liberalism.

mRNA Inventor Stands With Abp. Viganò’s Call for Alliance Against ‘Fundamentally Evil’ COVID Tyranny, by Maike Hickson

By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews – ‘It is impossible to make sense out of what is transpiring in the world right now just as an explanation of public health and in vaccine policy or antiviral policy, and I have become convinced that we’re in a situation in which we’re all having our rights eroded and that there is a larger force beyond this.’

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

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 9:35-10:1,6-8 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the […]

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.

Appropriating the Christmas Appropriators, by Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing – Most of mainstream culture has already taken Christ out of Christmas. But you might argue that, by “cultural appropriation,” it continues to make money off of Him, while abusing the rights of Christians. So we have winter holiday trees, festive lights, wreaths, holiday spending – without Jesus.

WATCH! Woman Recounts Harrowing Experience Trapped in Australian COVID Quarantine Camp, by Ailan Evans

By Ailan Evans, The Stream – “You are so small. They just overpower you. And you’re literally nothing. It’s like, ‘You do what we say or you’re in trouble, we’ll lock you up for longer,” Hayley Hodgson said in an interview with UnHerd. “They’re even threatening me that if I was to do this again, ‘we will extend your time in here.'”

Interrogation Tapes in Vatican Finance Trial Leaked to Media, by Hannah Brockhaus

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA – The newspaper has published clips of the videos of Msgr. Perlasca’s depositions on its website, including one in which he indicates that Pope Francis authorized the Secretariat of State to negotiate with businessman Gianluigi Torzi, who brokered the final stage of the London deal and is one of the trial’s defendants.

CNSNews: Pelosi on Possibility Court Overturns Roe: ‘It’s Really Scary–And I Say That as a Practicing Catholic’

By CNSNews.com Staff – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in the opening statement of her press conference on Thursday that—speaking as “a practicing Catholic’—she found it “really scary” that the Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that declared there was a constitutional “right” to abortion.

Bishops Scramble to Cover a Seminary in Shambles, by Gene Thomas Gomulka

By Gene Thomas Gomulka, Church Militant – The Vatican often goes into panic mode when clergy try to be transparent about sexual abuse… Such was the case when Fr. Thomas Doyle broke the code of silence by co-authoring a confidential clerical sex abuse report while working at the Vatican embassy, and it was the case again when Dublin Abp. Diarmuid Martin handed over 80,000 files from archdiocesan archives to a commission investigating sex abuse. …

At Least 21 States Will Protect Babies From Abortions if Roe v. Wade is Overturned, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – At least 21 states immediately could ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade… Many hope the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which the high court heard Wednesday, will spur the justices to reverse its disastrous 1973 ruling and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.

A Season of Hope, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., Integrated Catholic Life – Faith, hope, and love. St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:13, says these three are the bottom line. They are called the theological virtues, the qualities that make us most like God… We hear plenty about faith and love. But when is the last time you heard a rousing homily on hope? Why is hope important? And what is it precisely?

Takeaways From Oral Argument in Dobbs, by Hadley Arkes

By Hadley Arkes, First Things – The oral argument yesterday morning in the Dobbs case on abortion was not exactly a moment to celebrate for either side. One side, we might say, was “morally challenged” or imbecilic, and the other side wasn’t sure just which fork to use. The liberal side, as ever, could not explain what was “justified” in the guideline of viability, just as it couldn’t explain why the decision in Roe was justified in the first place …

Pelosi Declares That It Is ‘Radical’ to Ban the Killing of Unborn Babies After 15 Weeks of Pregnancy

By CNSNews.com Staff – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Wednesday morning criticizing the Mississippi abortion law that the Supreme Court was going to review that day and declaring that the law—which bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy—was radical… Pelosi also declared it “would seriously erode the legitimacy of the court” if it did not overthrow the Mississippi law.

Dobbs and the Shaky Foundations of Roe, by Thomas Ascik

By Thomas Ascik, Crisis Magazine – In the oral arguments in the much-anticipated Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization heard in the Supreme Court Wednesday, there was little discussion of the details of abortion. Instead, the status of the Court’s major precedents and the Court’s power and influence in American life were the main subjects.

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 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.

What is the Greek Orthodox Church? by Philip Kosloski 

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – The Greek Orthodox Church refers to both a larger association of Orthodox churches as well as the primary church in Greece… When reading about the Greek Orthodox Church, it is tempting to think that this term refers to Orthodox Christians in the country of Greece.

The ‘Legal’ History, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – Most Americans know about Roe v. Wade, but few know about the accompanying case, Doe v. Bolton. So far, the Supreme Court’s history of ruling on abortion has been one of continuing to grant judicial approval to the Culture of Death. Church Militant’s William Mahoney has more on the key Supreme Court decisions that brought things to where they are today.

The Shallowing of Notre-Dame de Paris, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – “Behold,” says our Lord and Savior, “I make all things new” (Rev 21:5). This is the testimony of each church, and without that testimony, we cannot even begin to stop the trouble we see all around us any more than we can stem the tide of trouble within our own hearts. For without Him, everything on earth does what is in its nature to do: If non-living, it degrades; if living, it grows weak or old, and then it dies.

New Texas Pro-Life Law Saves More Babies From Abortion, Bans Sales of Dangerous Abortion Pills By Mail

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – A new pro-life law is going into effect in Texas (Dec. 2) that will protect women’s health and help save more unborn babies from abortion… Today is the 89th day the Texas abortion ban is saving babies from abortion but a new law that supplements the abortions ban is taking effect today that would ban mail-order abortion drugs and would place limits on in-person sales of the abortion pill before 7 weeks to protect women’s health. ..

A Story of Forgiveness! What God Can Do With a Willing Heart, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – I sat on my back deck in the wee hours of the morning and drank strong coffee. I prayed, as I do every morning. It’s where I spend the most time with God. But as I prayed this morning, God spoke to my heart quite clearly. “You must write it.” I knew exactly what He was talking about.

The Deeper Meaning of Advent in Latin, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – Advent, from the Latin adventus, does not simply meaning coming or arrival… There are at least two other Latin words that could be translated this way, not counting several interjections. So why did the early Church go with the term adventus to describe the period leading up to Christmas?

Catholic Physician Blasts Sotomayor for ‘Dead Brain People’ Comment About Fetal Pain, by Alejandro Bermudez

By Alejandro Bermudez, CNA – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor drew criticism from an accomplished physician and EWTN radio host for comments that appeared to draw a comparison between an unborn child and a corpse, suggesting that fetal movements recoiling from pain can be likened to reflexes in dead bodies… The comments came as Sotomayor attempted to create question marks within the larger argument for the humanity of unborn babies during the oral arguments …

America Abortion Laws on Par With China and North Korea: Chief Justice John Roberts, by Emily Mangiaracina

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts noted during Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral hearings Wednesday that Roe v. Wade places American abortion law in the same class as China and North Korea… Roberts pointed out during questioning that the 15-week mark, at which abortions are banned in the Mississippi law HB 1510 at issue in Dobbs, is not only “not a dramatic departure from viability,” but also a “standard that the vast majority of other countries have.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In modern times we tend to trivialize God. In this age of empiricism and science we want to fit Him into our categories. But God is not just one more thing in the universe (even if very big or powerful) — He is existence itself. Our feeble words betray more than bespeak Him. We know Him as unknown. Our words about Him, even if true, say more about what He is not than what He is.

Fertility Awareness Website Founders Inform Women on Scientific, Holistic Alternative to Birth Control, by Katie Yoder

By Katie Yoder, Catholic News Agency – FAbM Base, short for “fertility awareness-based methods,” provides fertility care resources and support for women and couples. Among those resources, the site educates users on various methods and provides a database of instructors. For Catholic users, it offers a “Catholic Corner” with resources on Church teaching about sexuality.

SCOTUS Hears Most Important Abortion Case in a Generation, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The prerogative of the petitioners from Mississippi was to ask the Supreme Court to uphold the ban on abortions past 15 weeks gestation and to give the decision on abortion back to the states. Doing so could extend to completely overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

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

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – 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…

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.

FRC Report: Abortion on Demand in 6 Countries: U.S., China, N. Korea, S. Korea, Canada, Vietnam, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News – Although abortion is legal in much of the world, it is very restricted in many countries and completely banned without exception in 26 nations. Only six countries allow abortion on demand, up through nine months of pregnancy, and they include the United States and Comnist China, according to a new report by the Family Research Council (FRC).

Third Worldizing America, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – After traveling the last 45 years in the Middle East, southern Europe, Mexico, and Asia Minor, I observed some common characteristics of a so-called Third-World society. And all of them might feel increasingly familiar to contemporary Americans… Whether in Cairo or Naples, theft was commonplace. Yet property crimes were almost never seriously prosecuted.

Catholicism and Sanctity: Jumping to the Bottom Line, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – It is amazing how often people speak and write about Catholicism without remembering the holiness that pulses in the very center of the Church, radut from the Eucharist into countless souls. After all, among all those who claim the name Catholic—that is within this entire visible body of redeemed sinners—the only difference that matters is …

The Democrat Plague, by  Christopher A. Ferrara

By Christopher A. Ferrara, The Remnant – Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, has declared a new “state of disaster emergency” in New York based solely on Omicron—an “emergency” involving the potential arrival of a potentially more contagious viral variant that may potentially require a new vaccine to deal with potential “vaccine resistance.” But what actual health threat does Omicron pose?

What is the Mission of a Parish? by Rachel Hoover

By Rachel Hoover, Crisis Magazine – What is the Church for? If a member of an uncontacted tribe entered a typical Catholic parish today, how long would it take him to learn an accurate answer to that question?… Recently, Fr. James Grant wrote in these pages about putting the parish mission into action. He points out clear problems in the Church: our parish congregations are dwindling, as are vocations to the priesthood; priests are overworked, sometimes stretched across several dying parishes …

This is Abortion in the United States, by Abby Johnson

By Abby Johnson, The Stream – When a product is deemed unsuitable or unsafe for the public, it is pulled from the market. Abortion is unsuitable for public consumption. Any product where its success is determined by the death of another human being should be pulled from the market. It is time for abortion to be recalled in the country. It’s time to end abortion.

Justice Clarence Thomas Makes It Clear There’s No Right to Abortion in the Constitution, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear during today’s hearing on a Mississippi pro-life law banning abortions at 15 weeks that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution… Thomas questioned Wednesday where in the Constitution abortion is protected as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over a Mississippi abortion law case that challenges Roe v. Wade.

Is This Victory? A Historic Day at the Supreme Court Could Overturn Roe vs. Wade

LifeSiteNews staff – Pro-lifers assembled in Washington in anticipation of a favorable ruling in the Mississippi abortion case… Pro-lifers turned out en masse at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the Mississippi abortion case, which could result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, was argued before the court… On this historic day, LifeSiteNews’ Danielle Zuccaro asked about the palpable spirit of hopefulness.

TODAY! Dobbs on the Docket: How Will the Supreme Court Decide? by Jeanette De Melo

By Jeanette De Melo, EWTN News – In an amicus brief in support of the Mississippi law, Alvaré and co-authors Erika Bachiochi of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Teresa Collett, professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law, countered the narrative put forward by the plaintiffs in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that women need abortion to succeed and achieve equality with men. More than 240 other women scholars, advocates and professionals signed the brief.

Federal Judge Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate Nationwide, Protects Health Care Workers Across America, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – Yesterday, in response to a multi-state lawsuit led by Missouri, a federal court barred the Biden administration from enforcing a vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states who are employed at federally-funded health care clinics. That means they doctors and nurses can’t be fired for refusing the COVID vaccine despite Biden’s federal mandate requiring them to get it… Today, a federal court in Louisiana expanded on that ruling and blocked the vaccine mandate nationwide.

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 …

WATCH: LifeSite’s Full Coverage of the Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments Wednesday

By LifeSiteNews staff – On Wednesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. Pro-lifers (and pro-abortion activists) are planning to make their voices heard at this historic event. LifeSite will be right in the thick of it with complete coverage of the day’s activities.

Saint of the Day for December 1: Blessed Charles de Foucauld

By Franciscan Media – Born into an aristocratic family in Strasbourg, France, Charles was orphaned at the age of 6, raised by his devout grandfather, rejected the Catholic faith as a teenager, and joined the French army. Inheriting a great deal of money from his grandfather, Charles went to Algeria with his regiment, but not without his mistress, Mimi… When he declined to give her up, he was dismissed from the army. ..

The USCCB Eucharist Document Is Out, but the Scandal Is Still Here, by Monica Migliorino Miller

By Monica Migliorino Miller, Crisis Magazine – One month after the election of Joseph Biden I met personally with the Archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron. I knew that he had been appointed to head a working committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)—a committee formed to address how the bishops would deal with a Catholic president who advocates legalized abortion contrary to the Faith of the Church.

Permission to Drop the Catholic Christmas Guilt, by Jennifer Gregory Miller

By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture – It seems as Catholics we like to pile on extra guilt and stress. Some even label it as “Catholic guilt.” I just want to give you permission to put aside that guilt this Advent. There is no rule regarding decorating for Christmas. Nor is there any guideline regarding listening to Christmas music, or Christmas parties, or Christmas food, etc.

Our Enemies Wait As We Destroy Ourselves, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, American Greatness – Is the United States becoming like the old Soviet Union in a way that people fail to see because of the noise and the distractions of electoral politics, mass entertainment masking as news, and mass indoctrination masking as entertainment?

Opinion: Demolish Notre Dame, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – I say this with a heavy heart. But there is no other way. The entire edifice that was once the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris should dismantled. The Gothic rubble of its façade and towers can be sold to curious Saudis and history-minded collectors. The site where the Cathedral once stood should be left a gaping crater in the ground, preferably reeking of brimstone.

Legacy of 7 Justices: More Than 62 Million Dead Babies, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – …Blackmun wrote the court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade. It declared there was a constitutional “right to privacy” that included the right to kill what could be called “little persons” — unborn babies — in the womb… To come to this conclusion, Blackmun had to circumvent the obvious biological fact that an unborn human being is a living human being. So, he referred to unborn babies as “prenatal life,” “potential life,” “potential human life” and “the developing young in the human uterus.”

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Fr. Paul D. Scalia: Blessed Are the Woke of Heart

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing – Advent is the time to shake off drowsiness of heart. It is a penitential season in which we detach ourselves from both indulgence and busyness. The way to prepare for our Lord’s birth is to refrain from excessive food and drink and to master our schedules, so that we don’t become drowsy from indulgence or anxiety. Christ was born in the wee hours of the morning. The celebration of His birth is not for the drowsy of heart. Only the wakeful can grasp Christmas joy.

Anticipating Christmas, Beginning with Saint Andrew and the Immaculate Conception, by Jennifer Gregory Miller

By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture – November 30 is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and also the pivotal date for the beginning of Advent, starting the Sunday closest to November 30… Also on November 30 starts the tradition to begin two traditional novenas: 1) the Novena to the Immaculate Conception of Mary honoring the patroness of the United States in preparation for her feast day on December 8, and 2) the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, traditionally prayed fifteen times each day before Christmas.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Blessed Are the Eyes Which See What You See!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 10:21-24 – In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son …

Saint of the Day for November 30: Saint Andrew

Franciscan Media – Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20).

Texas Abortion Ban Has Saved Thousands of Babies and Abortion Activists are Totally Unhinged, by Micaiah Bilger 

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Abortion activists and several prominent journalists criticized the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday for not fulfilling their expectations with a ruling about the Texas heartbeat law… Abortion activists had hoped that Monday would be the day when the U.S. Supreme Court would issue a ruling about the pro-life legislation. However, the court published only one opinion for the day, an unrelated case about water rights, according to SCOTUS Blog.

Why the Devil Hates ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and Tried to Stop Frank Capra From Making It, by Matt Archbold

By Matt Archbold, EWTN News – Frank Capra, the legendary director of heartwarming films such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, fought against the temptation to dilute his values in his work. Capra, a Catholic, didn’t just have to fight Hollywood though. He wrote in a recently-discovered manuscript that he resisted the urge from the devil to water down the strong vein of morality that ran through his movies.

The Victim Who Vanished, by Kevin Wells

By Kevin Wells, Crisis Magazine – “No deep conviction is aroused in the incredulous until they see the scarred hands and the broken heart of the priest who is a victim with Christ,” Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote. “The mortified priest, the priest who is detached from the world—these inspire, edify, and Christify souls.”

Pornography and the Castration of Young Men, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Imagine there was a popular food additive that researchers discovered decreased male sexual libido and performance by 50 percent. Young men would avoid it like the plague.  Or imagine a supplement that made young men feel like they were getting stronger when they took it, but was actually weakening them.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

Msgr. Charles Pope – As we begin the Advent Season, we are immediately drawn into its principal theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. His first coming has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem, and while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more on His second coming in glory.

What Makes Dobbs the Best, and Possibly Last, Chance to Overturn Roe? by Matt Hadro

By Matt Hadro, CNA – After nearly a half century of legal abortion throughout the United States, that precedent could fall  — or stand  — through one critical case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet what makes it possibly the most significant abortion case in decades?… The Supreme Court on Dec. 1 will hear arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerning Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks. The court will take up the question of whether all bans on pre-viability abortions are unconstitutional.

Intercessors for America to Walk and Pray Around US Supreme Court Building December 1 as Arguments are Heard in Pro-Life Case, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – Thousands of people, online and in person, are expected to join Intercessors for America (IFA) in their Appealing for Life events November 30 and December 1. Those in D.C. on December 1 will walk around the Supreme Court building and pray for a positive outcome as the high court conducts oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jacksons Women’s Health Group case.

Return on Investment, Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – I think as Christians we can admit that if Christ is an investor in us, and He looks for a return on His investment, then, because He is God and we are His creatures, this investment and His claims would swamp infinitely any other investment concerns we might have… Here is an analogy.  Suppose you are an investment manager; you want to start an investment fund; and a billionaire friend helps you out with $100 million to put under investment. 

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Many Will Sit at Table in the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 8:5-11 – As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. …

Our Lady of Fatima Guides Our Advent Prayers, by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Catholic Exchange – My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady of Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God. — Sr. Lucia dos Santos

Saint of the Day for November 29: St. Clement (d. 101)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Clement’s Story – Clement of Rome was the third successor of Saint Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He’s known as one of the Church’s five “Apostolic Fathers,” those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers.

Lawyers Arguing to Uphold Roe v. Wade Have Radical Pro-Abortion Pedigrees, One Worked on Russia Hoax, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – A duo of attorneys slated to argue the pro-abortion side in the crucial Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case on the U.S. Supreme Court docket will come to the Court with a pedigree of radical left-wing political involvement and anti-life activism… Their radical political affiliations could have a strong bearing on how they argue in the monumental abortion case in the Supreme Court when oral arguments begin December 1.

Dr. Jeff Mirus: Guidelines for Episcopal Investments: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – The Guidelines are worth skimming for Catholics and others actively considering the morality of their own investments, and the difficulty of balancing the impact of investment on the common good against the need for a reasonable rate of return. While it is possible to combine particular goods with financial return on investment, for most of us the first step is to avoid investing in companies that are actively involved in grave evil.

Finding Peace in the Passing World, by Joannie Watson

By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”… It’s a good reminder to us to put our trust in Him… We don’t want to think about anything passing away, except maybe suffering or crosses. Most of us probably despise change. We like comfort and we would rather not think about any disruption to the status quo. Uncertainty makes us squirm. Stability is good; turmoil is bad.

Our Moral Edifice Has Fallen, by Anthony Esolen

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine – The difference between a healthy culture and a sick culture is not that the former is full of saints and the latter is full of devils. It is that the healthy culture raises high walls against evil and consciously directs its young people to what is good and noble, faithful and pure, while the sick culture hardly raises any wall, and, worse than failing to direct the young, fairly pushes into some participation in wickedness the last few souls who are by nature most averse to it.

Abortion Businesses Admit Texas Abortion Ban Has Saved 70-80% of Babies From Abortions

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Aborting unborn babies is not big business anymore in Texas… Since the state heartbeat law went into effect Sept. 1, abortion facilities across Texas have reported a massive drop in abortions… Whole Woman’s Health, which runs four abortion facilities in the state, saw a 70 percent to 80 percent decline in abortions over the past two months, according to the Texas Tribune.

Msgr. Charles Pope: True Thanksgiving Isn’t Just Something We Do; It’s Something That Happens to Us

By Msgr. Charles Pope – One of the dangers in presenting New Testament moral teaching is reducing the gospel to a bunch of rules to follow using the power of one’s own flesh. This is an incorrect notion because for a Christian the moral life is not merely achieved; it is received. The moral life is not an imposition; it is a gift from God.

Systemic Evil and the Justice of Advent, by Peter J. Leithart

By Peter J. Leithart, First Things – We live in a world of systemic evil. Asian and Latin American drug cartels produce and transport their merchandise with impunity because they have bought off or killed the public officials who would stop them and the journalists who would expose them. On the other side of the world, corner dealers battle for turf to sell to the wretched addicts who stumble and sleep on the sidewalks of American cities.

Thankful for the Mass, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – I’m grateful for my job (and no, I’m not getting paid to say that), for my parish, for the roof over my head, for money in the bank account and for food in the cabinets… If we want to talk about thankfulness in relation to something specifically religious, a natural place to start is the Holy Mass… As some readers may have heard before, the Greek word for the Eucharist — “eucharistia” or “ευχαριστία” — means “thanksgiving.”

WATCH: Special Assignment: The War on Humanity, by Kristine Christlieb

By Kristine Christlieb, Church Militant – In one year’s time, governments around the world abandoned democracy and embraced the tyranny established by a cabal of media talking heads, unhinged science bureaucrats and greedy pharmaceutical executives. But humanity is fighting back — and not a minute too soon. This could be the final battle.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Christ, the Great King

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Good kings and rulers execute their civic duties in response to the lawful requirements of their subjects. They provide for the common defense. They tend to our perceived community, family, and individual needs. They collect taxes to pay expenses, and they guarantee reasonable freedoms.

Fr. Roger Landry: Gratitude for the Missionaries of Charity — 50 Years of Love and Counting

By Father Roger Landry, EWTN News – This is a week in which many of us slow down and thank God for the blessings he has given to us, to our family members and friends, and to our country… The 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, should lead to thank God in a special way for all he has given over the course of the past four centuries, helping this land be transformed from a vast wilderness into the “experiment in ordered liberty” we have now …

Abp. Viganò Calls for Anti-Globalist Alliance to Stop Global Enslavement of Humanity

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – For two years now we have been witnessing a global coup d’état, in which a financial and ideological elite has succeeded in seizing control of part of national governments, public and private institutions, the media, the judiciary, politicians and religious leaders. All of these, without distinction, have become enslaved to these new masters who ensure power, money and social affirmation to their accomplices… ‘Let us free humanity from a totalitarian regime that brings together in itself the horrors of the worst dictatorships of all time.’

Armageddon and the Final Battle, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio

By Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., Integrated Catholic Life – There is a reason that we never get tired of love stories. Love is of the essence of human life. There is also a reason that we never get tired of war stories. War has been our constant companion and will be so until the last trumpet.

The Climate Change Cult Wants Us to Drink a Half-Trillion Dollars in Kool-Aid, by Nolan Lewallen

By Nolan Lewallen, The Stream – It seems that more and more Americans are drinking the Kool-Aid of the Climate Change cult, even within the church. I call it a cult because of the level of devotion its followers have without a shred of settled science (or scripture) to back it up. It’s like a hollow log. Their talking points create a shell empty of facts. Colossians 2:8 tells us, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: All the People Hung upon His Words

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 19:45-48 – And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, `My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.” And he was teaching daily in the temple. ..

Saint of the Day for November 19: St. Agnes of Assisi

By Franciscan Media – Born Caterina Offreducia, Agnes was the younger sister of Saint Clare, and her first follower. When Caterina left home two weeks after Clare’s departure, their family attempted to bring her back by force. They tried to drag her out of the monastery, but her body suddenly became so heavy that several knights could not budge it.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force.” —Thomas Jefferson (1796)

Opinion: Bishops Punt on Eucharist Ban For Pro-Abortion Catholic Pols, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a widely anticipated vote over new guidance recommendations for Catholics receiving Communion ended up as a big disappointment for those expecting the assembly to draw a hard line against politicians promoting abortion. A measure dealing with Eucharist guidance did pass on an overwhelming 222-8 vote, but glaringly it avoided any mention of abortion. When your job is to stand up for truth, including that regarding life, that’s a shameful abdication.

House Prepares to Pass Largest Tax-and-Spending Bill in History, by Susan Jones

By Susan Jones, CNSNews – “Never in American history will so many taxes be raised and so much borrowing be needed to pay for all this reckless spending.”… K. McCarthy… McCarthy’s “filibuster” will not prevent a vote on the Democrats’ big-government omnibus agenda bill, which is set for Friday morning. It is expected to pass and move to the Senate, where it remains to be seen if Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema will fall in line …

Vaccine Mandates Sow Mass Chaos Throughout Military As Service Members Seek Religious Accommodations, by Kylee Zempel

By Kylee Zempel, The Federalist – Mixed messages from the higher-ups, unclear repercussions for refusal, a disparity in treatment among different states and branches of the military, a range of deadlines, and goalpost-shifting on the meaning of religious exemptions have converged to create mass chaos throughout the military as tens of thousands of yet-unvaccinated service members grapple with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and many seek exemptions.

Forget RCIA, Meet OCIA: U.S. Bishops Approve Big Name Change

By CNA Staff – The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, as it has been more commonly referred to, will have its name changed to Order of Christian Initiation for Adults, or OCIA, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decided this week… The name change applies both to the process by which one enters the Church and the book that contains the ritual text and prayers for those steps.

WATCH! Death with Dignity, by Real Life Catholic

Real Life Catholic, Jan 6, 2015 – Meet Lizz Lovett who bravely faced terminal cancer, knowing her story would end in the loving arms of Our Father… “Cancer might take my life… but I’m gonna live until I die… I’m gonna fight until I die. That’s dignity…”

Dignity and Distance, by Joseph R. Wood

By Joseph R. Wood, The Catholic Thing – TCT writer David Warren got it right when he cut through these distinctions and wrote that dignity “is not something that can be bestowed, let alone demanded, or even earned. It simply is, in and of the person. . . .All human beings have or should have dignity . . . and we live and interact with the world in recognition of this astounding fact.”

Firebrand in Baltimore, by Aidan O’Connor 

By Aidan O’Connor, Church Militant – Wisconsin priest Fr. James Altman sent a scorching message to Catholic prelates today at Church Militant’s “Bishops: Enough Is Enough” prayer rally in Baltimore. The rally is within throwing distance of the location of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall meeting… Fr. Altman began with the Sign of the Cross, encouraging faithful Catholics to stand against the bureaucratic bishops’ conference as David stood against Goliath.

30,000 Doctors Tell Supreme Court: Unborn Babies are Human Beings, They Deserve Human Rights

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Tens of thousands of medical professionals are calling for restored legal protections for unborn babies as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a major abortion case on Dec. 1… The message from the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, which represents more than 30,000 doctors and other medical professionals, is simple: Unborn babies are patients, too, and they deserve the same rights and protections as every other human being.

The US Bishops’ Statement: An Invitation to Disobedience, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The statement that the USCCB endorsed is not a bad document in itself. It might even be considered a good document, if it were issued in a vacuum. But the bishops are not living in a vacuum. Rather, they are apparently living in an environment like that of an early-model submarine. The only voices they hear are those of their fellow passengers; communication with the outside world is spotty, distorted by static, easy to misinterpret.

By Fr. John A. Perricone: Christ the King: An Embarrassing Feast for a “Reimagined Church”

By Fr. John A. Perricone, Crisis Magazine – Slight squeamishness settles about the minds of a certain kind of Catholic this Sunday. “Reimagined Catholics,” that is: Catholics more at home with America magazine and the National Catholic Reporter than The Baltimore Catechism and the unredacted Lives of the Saints. You know, those Catholics quite comfortable with Mr. Biden warmly received at our altar rails; or, ones giddy at the prospect of “accompanying” Catholics in their drift from the millennial doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Malkin: U.S. Church Leaders Must Address Violence and Disorder, by Michelle Malkin

By Michelle Malkin, The Heartland Institute – In 2019, the USCCB [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops]  sat on net assets of $377 million and raked in total revenues of $188 million. Its annual government grant revenue totaled nearly $50 million; with $23 million funneled to a program encouraging illegal alien unaccompanied minors to trespass our borders; $16.5 million for refugee admissions; and $12.1 million for refugee and entrant assistance. In 2020, Catholic Charities vacuumed up $5 billion—$2 billion of which came from government sources.

Fr. Frederick Faber: The Love of Gratitude Brings Many Blessings

By Fr. Frederick Faber, Catholic Exchange – The hideousness of sin is all the more brought out when the light of God’s love is thrown so strongly on it. Hence it comes to pass that a very grateful man is also a deeply penitent man; and as the excess of benefits tends to lower us in our own esteem, so we are humble in proportion to our gratitude. But this love does not rest in the luxurious sentiment of gratitude. It breaks out into actual and ardent thanksgiving, and its thankfulness is not confined to words.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Know the Time of Your Visitation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 19:41-44 – And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side…

ChurchMilitant: Enough Is Enough! But Is It?

By An Anonymous Victim, Church Militant – As a group of men whose sole job is to shepherd the Catholic Church, they have in large part failed to do their jobs even mediocrely. As a victim of homosexual predation in my youth, I would like to see some of the worst offenders in this Lavender Mafia just walk away from their posts and leave the job of shepherding to competent, holy priests. Enough is enough already! I for one have had enough of these gay bishops in my lifetime.

Saint of the Day for November 18: Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul

By Franciscan Media – St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church in Christendom. Massive in scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began on a much humbler scale. Vatican Hill was a simple cemetery where believers gathered at Saint Peter’s tomb to pray. In 319, Constantine built a basilica on the site that stood for more than a thousand years until, despite numerous….

Too Blind To Be Martyred, by Hans Boersma

By Hans Boersma, First Things – …COVID-19. We all long to be healed—or to avoid catching the virus. We anxiously seek measures to hang on to life. Sickness is the problem, vaccination the blessing. True, vaccination has saved many lives. But am I wrong in thinking that we have come to view sickness (and death) as the ultimate problem, and vaccination (and physical healing) as the ultimate solution?… Obsessive cultural fear of physical suffering and death has blinded and immobilized us, like prisoners staring at the end of the cave.

Catholic Bishops Vote for Communion Document Urging Politicians to Follow Church Teachings, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – The Catholic bishops have voted 222-8 to adopt a new document on Communion that calls on Catholic politicians to base their political views on “the Church’s faith and moral law.” The new document stopped short of saying whether pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden should be denied communion… The document, the “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” emphasized the “special responsibility” of Catholic elected officials to follow Church teachings.

How St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Was Fueled by the Eucharist, by Philip Kosloski

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia – The American missionary was led by a deep devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist… St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was drawn to religious life at an early age. After hearing a Jesuit speak about missionary work in the New World when she was 8 years old, Philippine already felt a desire to evangelize the Americas.

US Bishops Try to Keep Focus on Eucharist, Not Politicians, in New Document, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – The USCCB voted overwhelmingly to approve a teaching document on the Eucharist Wednesday… The document did include a section on worthiness to receive Communion, reminding the faithful that “if a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to reject the defined doctrines of the Church, or knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definitive teaching on moral issues” they “should refrain” from Communion …

‘Build Back Better’ Bill Could Cost Taxpayers $10.5 Billion by Boosting Illegal Alien Eligibility for Benefits, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “The Build Back Better Act, the massive $1.75 trillion social spending package working its way through the House of Representatives, contains a provision that would remove the Social Security number requirement for the Child Tax Credit… “The provision, which can be found on page 1,647 of the 2,135-page bill, would amend the federal tax code by removing the provision which requires that a child have a valid Social Security number in order to be eligible for any and all tax credits.”

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Meanest Thing Jesus Ever Said

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The Gospel from this Wednesday’s Mass… is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It has an ending so shocking that, when I read it at Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!”.. I’d like to look at it and ponder its shocking ending…

Silenced but Unquiet: a Faithful Jesuit’s Witness, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – Have you often wondered why so many American bishops—including some whose personal orthodoxy seems unassailable—regularly surrender ground to dissidents? The best available explanation, a witty and perceptive essay, “’Tames’ in Clerical Life,” was published in Latin Mass magazine in Summer 1996.

A Beginning by the Bishops, Not the End, by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing – When the bishops voted last summer to approve a draft of this document the Conference insisted, “The question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot.” That was the case then; it remains the case now. According to canon law, the responsibility for sacramental discipline in a given diocese lies with the local ordinary

Dear Bishops, Ban Them, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Then, as now, there were many other complex factors in both cases. But these great saints acted and stuck to their guns. They did not give political malefactors cheerful audiences, as if evil activities could be ignored in persons occupying high offices. The Church remembers these men as among our very greatest leaders…  If you’ve chosen your political party over your Church, you really shouldn’t complain when the Church points that out.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland: Reflection on Christ the King and St. Joseph

By Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Catholic East Texas – As you know, the last Sunday of the liturgical year is the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. This beautiful feast reminds us that Jesus Christ is King not just for one liturgical celebration each year but every day of our lives. We are living through challenging times, but let us all be strengthened by our faith and our foundation on the truth of who truly is the King of the Universe. The image of Christ the King of the Universe reminds us of the basic reality of creation.

Fr. Ed Broom: 10 Offerings That Bring About Conversions

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Jesus loved us so much that He willingly sacrificed Himself by dying on the cross for us. Not only did Jesus suffer and shed every drop of His most Precious Blood for the salvation of all humanity, but He suffered all those excruciating pains for you and for me… The saints point out that if you were the only person living in the world, Jesus would have undergone all the most gruesome and horrible pains of His Sorrowful Passion just for you. ..

PROFILE: Archbishop Gomez at the Eye of the Storm, by Joan Frawley Desmond

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – “Finally, I would like to say: The Eucharist is also the gateway key to the civilization of love that we long to create,” the USCCB president said as he concluded his remarks. “If we ever hope to end human indifference and social injustice, then we need to revive this sacramental awareness. In every human person that we meet — from the infant in the womb to our elderly parents drawing their final breath — we must see the image of the living God.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Did Not Want Me to Reign over Them

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 19:11-28 – As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them …

The Big Russian Collusion Coverup Must End With John Durham’s Report, by Ron Johnson

By Ron Johnson, The Federalist – With each new indictment, Special Counsel John Durham is slowly exposing the extent of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign’s involvement, and that of other longtime Democrat operatives, in the most destructive political dirty trick in history. The big question that remains is whether the ringleader and masterminds of the Russian collusion hoax will ever be revealed and held accountable.

Gays Run the Place, by Hunter Bradford

By Hunter Bradford, Church Militant – The Catholic Church has had enemies gunning for her ever since the beginning. Some have attempted to battle Her from the outside, but others prefer to backstab Her from within… Church Militant’s Hunter Bradford exposes the homosexual traitors in miters and their modus operandi… The Catholic Church has homosexualist bishops in high places, and the USCCB is no exception.

Dec. 1: National Day of Repentance as SCOTUS Hears Challenge to MS Pro-Life Law, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNS News – “As our nation looks on at the proceedings at the Supreme Court and the landmark abortion case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health, unity among those who advocate for life is at an all-time high,” states the National Day of Repentence website… “We come before our Father in humility and repentance on this solemn day, December 1st, the day of the oral arguments on this Supreme Court case. It will not only affect the state of life in the United States, it will affect pro-life policies across the globe.”

A Hollow Kind of Freedom, by Max Morton

By Max Morton, American Greatness – If you haven’t figured it out yet, you are the final check in our Constitution’s checks and balances. Get up, there’s work to do!… Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a pre-dawn raid on the home of James O’Keefe, the founder of the investigative journalism organization Project Veritas. The FBI was reportedly searching for a diary allegedly stolen from Ashley Biden, daughter of Joe Biden. The diary, which up until that point had not been authenticated, reportedly contained allegations of sexual improprieties within, and among, the Biden family.

Spiritual Poverty in a Dave Ramsey World, by Quanah Jeffries

By Quanah Jeffries, Crisis Magazine – Concerning this, St. Francis de Sales said of the wealthy: Deprive yourself frequently of some part of your property by bestowing it with a willing heart upon the poor… If you love the poor, be often in their company, be glad to see them in your house, and to visit them in theirs. Converse willingly with them, be pleased to have them near you in the church, in the streets, and elsewhere. Be poor in conversing with them, speaking to them as their companions; but be rich in assisting, by sharing some of your more abundant goods with them….

Today’s Mahony Sandwich is Dry and Stale, by Christopher R. Altieri

By Christopher R. Altieri, Catholic World Report – The idea that the US bishops ever countenanced targeting politicians or public servants in any branch of government at any level was never going to happen and everybody who matters knew it – even and especially the ones who were ginning up opposition to the idea.

LifeSiteNews: COVID ‘Vaccines’ & Children: ‘What Are the Risks?’ Truth for Health Foundation Press Conference

By LifeSiteNews, Staff – Join us Wednesday, November 17 at 12pm Eastern Time for the “Vaccines & Children: What are the Risks?” video Press Conference streamed live by LifeSiteNews and organized by Truth for Health Foundation… To participate in this event, please click this link to tune in LIVE or email info@TruthForHealth.org.

The Abortion States of America, by Paul Kengor

By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine – Roe v. Wade and so-called “abortion rights” are facing challenges unlike any time before, especially via the Texas heartbeat bill. The chances of abortion being sent back to the states are higher than ever. As that prospect looms, faithful Catholics are being treated to a tragic spectacle: “pro-choice” Catholic leaders stepping forward to do everything within their power to protect unrestricted abortion. These abortion Catholics do so with the support of many Catholic voters and are effectively abetted by many Catholic clergy who, for decades, have not stopped them.

Anticipating More Indictments in the Trump-Russia Hoax, by Mike Huckabee

By Mike Huckabee, The Stream – So, after three indictments and counting, will there be big-time accountability as a result of John Durham’s investigation of the Russia Hoax? It depends on who’s talking… The NY Post ran a superb, richly detailed editorial last week that starts by condemning most of the media for their lack of coverage now that the special counsel is finally speaking. Of course, it comes as no surprise that most media are ignoring the story coming out of his grand jury.

Thanksgiving Dinner to Be the Costliest Ever Due to Inflation and Supply Chain Problems, Media Reports Warn, by Craig Bannister

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – “Last, year Fauci wouldn’t let you have Thanksgiving with your family. This year, Joe Biden made it so your family can barely afford it,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted Monday amid news reports that this year’s Thanksgiving will be the most expensive ever, due to rampant inflation and supply change issues… Indeed, “American households are about to eat their costliest Thanksgiving dinner ever. That is, if they can find the turkey,” Bloomberg reports.

Pledging Allegiance to the New McCarthyism, by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Imagine it is 1955 and professors at major Catholic universities are asked to write a “solidarity statement eschewing all association with Communism and affirming their commitment to America and American values, including free-market capitalism.” Imagine faculty members were asked in addition to specify how they would personally inculcate those values in their classrooms, mentorships, research with students, and in all other areas of their professional life?

RNC Chair Apologizes to Committee Members for Poor Communication on New Gay Pride Initiative, by John Solomon

By John Solomon, JustTheNews – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel emailed an apology Monday evening to the GOP’s 168 committee members, acknowledging she could have done a better job communicating a new initiative to recruit gay voters that upset some in the party’s Christian evangelical base… McDaniel’s email was sent a few hours after she tried to quell a rebellion inside her ranks …

Explosive Allegations Against New Orleans Archbishop, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, Church Militant – (caution: explicit content) Explosive new allegations have surfaced against the archbishop of New Orleans, Louisiana alleging sex abuse… Richard Windmann, president of Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse, reported Sunday that at least four individuals are accusing Abp. Gregory Aymond of abuse. …

THE GREAT REJECT: Will Democrats Go Down with the Ship? by Michael J. Matt

By  Michael J. Matt, Editor, The Remnant – Big Nov. 2nd wins for pro-life, pro-God, and pro-American politicians. What does it mean for 2022? Michael Matt is cautiously optimistic, now that Biden has left globalism banged up and bruised at the polls… Plus, what do Elon Musk, Bill Maher, and Greta Thunberg have in common? They’re all fed-up Leftist influencers, who are obviously not going to go down with the USS Biden. Are the wheels coming off The Great Reset even before liftoff?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Zacchaeus Received Jesus Joyfully

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 19:1-10 – He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. …

Saint of the Day for November 16: St. Margaret of Scotland

By Franciscan Media – Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others… Not Scottish by birth, Margaret was the daughter of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the Anglo-Saxon Prince Edward Atheling. She spent much of her youth in the court of her great-uncle, the English king, Edward the Confessor.

Republicans Flip School Boards Across US as Parents Revolt Against Mask Mandates, CRT, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Republicans flipped two school boards this month, gained seats on three others, and won several other local races, National Review reported. Montgomery County, a Democratic bastion near Philadelphia, voted for Joe Biden by more than 26 points in Pennsylvania’s notably error-plagued 2020 election.

How COVID Lockdowns Handed Global Warming Extremists The Tools To Crush Freedom, by Christopher Bedford

By Christopher Bedford, The Federalist – The Glasgow Climate Conference wrapped Friday with so much progress: There was a “joint pledge” by President Joe Biden and an indifferent Chinese dictator to slow down the changing climate sometime in the next decade or so; there was a call from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “get on and do it,” whatever that means; there was even a column from The New York Times’ Tom Friedman on how, after seeing all the protests and listening to all the leaders, he’s feeling “very energized, and very afraid.”

Appeals Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate: “Violates the Constitution”, by Thomas Catenacci

By Thomas Catenacci, LifeNews – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a previous decision to temporarily block the Department of Labor’s vaccine mandate Friday evening in a blow to President Joe Biden’s agenda… The three judge panel wrote that the mandate likely “violates the constitutional structure that safeguards our collective liberty.” The appellate court’s ruling added that the mandate was “staggeringly overbroad.”

5 Items to Watch at the US Bishops’ Fall Meeting, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – The USCCB is meeting in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the bishops have many issues to discuss since their virtual June meeting where a debate erupted over the drafting of a document on the Eucharist that addressed worthiness to receive Communion…

Book Review: How To Preserve A Moral Culture Through ‘Creative Subversion’, by Louis Markos

By Louis Markos, The Federalist – In ‘Beheading Hydra,’ priest Dwight Longenecker argues the way to combat selfish and atheistic politics is encouraging Christians to do ‘what they can where they are and with what they have.’… Fr. Longenecker has unwoven and exposed that invisible cloak, allowing academic and lay readers alike to see not only its individual strands but how they function together to, quite literally, pull the wool over our eyes. To do so, however, Longenecker employs a more dynamic and memorable metaphor: the multi-headed mythological hydra that grew two new heads each time one of its heads was lopped off.

The Silence of the Shepherds, by Gene Thomas Gomulka

By Gene Thomas Gomulka, Church Militant – In pre-World War II Germany, most Protestant and Catholic Church leaders remained silent and failed to speak out against the truly non-Christian policies implemented by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Denouncing these fellow ministers and priests as vendors of “cheap grace,” German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer helped to found the Confessing Church, whose adherents refused to compromise their Christian beliefs even under threat of persecution and martyrdom.

URGENT! MUST WATCH! Dr. Peter McCullough Calls for Immediate Vaxx Halt

By Dr. Stew Peters – The story of this fall has been the story of “breakthrough” infections. It turns out vaccines don’t work and nobody actually believes in them… Nobody understands this better than Dr. Peter McCullough, a cardiologist, internist, and epidemiologist, who has been a steadfast advocate for alternative Covid treatments like hydroxychloroquine.

The Future of Faith-Based Schools, by Charles L. Glenn

By Charles L. Glenn, First Things – The Supreme Court is considering yet another case involving public funding of religious schools, Carson v. Makin. The case raises important questions about the fate of faith-based schools and institutions in an aggressively secular society… Readers of First Things are undoubtedly aware of the 19th-century “Blaine amendments” intended to prevent public funds from going to Catholic schools. These provisions, and more recent invocations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, long required parents who wanted a religious education for their children to pay for it themselves.

Oklahoma Court Blocks Hospital System From Firing Workers Seeking Religious Exemption From Vaccine, by Natalia Mittelstadt

By Natalia Mittelstadt, JustTheNews – A Tulsa, Okla., judge granted the state attorney general’s request for a temporary restraining order blocking Ascension Healthcare from firing employees who had been denied religious exemptions from the hospital system’s COVID-19 mandate… The restraining order was granted late Friday, Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor’s office said, according to The Epoch Times.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – As winter approaches and the end of the liturgical year draws near, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading must surely have shocked, even horrified, His apostles. Let’s look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 18:35-43 – As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Saint of the Day for November 15: St. Albert the Great (1206 – Nov. 15, 1280)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Albert the Great’s Story – Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.

Bishops’ Focus on Communion Crisis Highlights Bigger Issue, Theologians Say, by Carol Zimmermann

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Agency – When the U.S. bishops highlighted Communion in their spring meeting, announcing their plans for both a document on the Eucharist and a three-year eucharistic revival, they emphasized that they were responding to a lack of understanding among many Catholics about something that is central to the faith… In other words, they wanted to respond to what they saw as a catechetical crisis.

Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas: The Curse of Meetings

Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, The Catholic Thing – Cardinal Newman observed in his Apologia pro Vita Sua: “Living movements do not come of committees,” an insight he may have gained from St. Gregory Nazianzen’s attitude: “If I must speak the truth, I feel disposed to shun every conference of bishops; because I never saw a synod brought to a happy issue, nor remedying, but rather increasing, existing evils.” (Ep. 55) And hasn’t every synod of the current pontificate been precisely a living out of Francis’ challenge to the youth in Rio de Janeiro: “Hagan lío!” (“Make a mess!”)?

Stating the Obvious, With Some Help From Grace, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Just now I am rereading the Book of Wisdom, or The Wisdom of Solomon, in the Old Testament. This is one of the deuterocanonical books—the second set of books affirmed by the Church as the true word of God. These books, probably owing primarily to their late composition, were not (or not entirely) part of the Hebrew Scriptures, but they were included in the Greek. Indeed, Greek was already the dominant cultural language by the time the Book of Wisdom was written in Alexandria in the first century BC ….

Why is the Vatican Assailing Contemplative Life? by Mary Cuff

By Mary Cuff, Crisis Magazine – The future of contemplative orders in the Catholic Church is under siege, not by the oft-bemoaned vocations crisis, but by Archbishop Josè Rodrìguez Carballo, the secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In 2018, Carballo released Cor Orans, a series of regulations on women’s monastic orders. Cor Orans is the practical implementation of Pope Francis’ 2016 Vultum Dei Quaerere.

Catholic University of America Removes Abortion From Its Health Care Plan After Pro-Life Protest, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – The Catholic University of America swiftly removed coverage of abortions from its student health insurance this week after an investigation revealed that the plans violated Catholic teachings… According to the College Fix, the Washington, D.C. university apologized for the error and emphasized its commitment to “defending life at every stage.”

Pope Praises Pro-Abortion UN Agency, Highlights ‘Privileged Relationship’ With Church, by Michael Haynes

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews – In a video message Friday, Pope Francis warmly praised the pro-abortion United Nations agency UNESCO, saying the agency was a “privileged partner of the Holy See in the common service to peace and solidarity among peoples.”… As an organization, UNESCO has a history of being firmly pro-abortion, pro-LGBT and pro-transgender… In 2010, UNESCO issued guidelines saying “it is never too early to start talking to children about sexual matters” and that children as young as five should be taught about masturbation.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland: Eating and Drinking Condemnation

By Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, Church Militant – I feel compelled to speak to you with the clarity that flows from the Word of God and the Deposit of Faith entrusted to our beautiful Catholic Church… As your shepherd, my heart aches for all that is happening in the Church and in this world through which God’s people must journey. I know we face many confusions about the connections between sin, repentance, our Eucharistic Lord and what it means to be a faithful Catholic, but the words of 1 Peter remind us ….

Dominican Priest Slams Pope Francis’ Traditionis Custodes as ‘Contrary to the Faith’, by Pierre Boralevi

By Pierre Boralevi, LifeSiteNews – A Polish Dominican priest said that Traditionis Custodes is “contrary to the Faith” and that attempts to restrict the Latin Mass “will fail” in an open letter he addressed to Pope Francis… The letter, originally written in Polish, is dated August 17, but an English version was first released yesterday and can be found below… It was written by Fr. Wojciech Gołaski, a Dominican priest from Poland who recently joined the priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (SSPX) because of Pope Francis’ July 16 decree Traditionis Custodes that severely restricted the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass throughout the world.

Democrats Have Only Themselves to Blame for the Inflation Fiasco, by David Harsanyi

By David Harsanyi, Patriot Post – Democrats have seriously underestimated the frustration that voters, unable to get the things they desire nearly instantaneously, are going to feel, as people such as Jen Psaki crack jokes about supply-chain problems, “the tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed.” What about rising prices?.. Last week, liberal punditry spent a day mocking a Texas mother of nine who groused about rising milk prices on CNN. I’m not sure if Krista Stotler had her all stats entirely correct, but I suspect most voters don’t really care to pinpoint price points. Inflation is something they feel.

Beware of the ‘Woke’! by Michael Warsaw

By Michael Warsaw, EWTN News – Recently, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered an important set of observations about the rise of new secular ideologies and movements for social change in the United States and the implications for the Church… It’s a critical theme to address, given how much political power the followers of these ideologies and “woke” social-justice movements have accumulated.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few not for the many.” —James Madison (1788)

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 18:1-8 – And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.’ …

Saint of the Day for November 13: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Franciscan Media – Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ… Refused admission to the religious order which had educated her to be a teacher, she began charitable work at the House of Providence Orphanage in Cadogno, Italy. In September 1877, she made her vows there and took the religious habit.

Book review: Defeating the Cancel Culture with Kindness, by Kathy Schiffer

By Kathy Schiffer, Crisis Magazine – Rep. Crenshaw says: When we show kindness in the face of cruelty, it gives us the opportunity to break down divisions. We avoid unnecessary conflict, and can even start a friendship. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stand up for yourself, but you should do so with grace and fortitude, not bitterness and contempt.

‘See You in Court’: Parents Announce They’ve Got Enough Signatures to Have Judge Oust Loudoun Co. School Board Members

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – Parents outraged by controversies over transgender policies, sexual assaults and the teaching of critical race theory in their schools, have informed Virginia’s Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) Board that they’ve collected enough signatures to ask a judge to remove leading board members… “Virginia law requires those seeking to remove elected officials to collect signatures totaling at least 10% of the votes cast in the previous election and file a petition, which then initiates court proceedings where a judge or jury decides if the official is removed,” Newsmax explains.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray: As the Bishops Meet in Baltimore

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing – There are indeed many concerns and challenges, including a worrying loss of faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the steep decline in Mass attendance. But the concern that is most prominent “at this particular moment” is certainly the public rejection of Catholic teaching manifested by certain Catholic political figures, most notably President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who receive Holy Communion while publicly and forcefully defending the “right” to kill unborn children by abortion.

Catholic Bishop Says Abortion Just as Bad as Lynchings Because “Both Involve the Killing of Innocent Human Beings”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone compared the moral depravity of aborting an unborn baby to the lynchings of African Americans in the South in a recent interview, saying both involve “the killing of innocent human beings.”… CNS News reports the San Francisco archbishop spoke about how both racism and abortion devalue human beings in an interview with America magazine…

Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò Condemns Swiss Pandemic Measures

By Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, Church Militant – Dear friends, many of you would never have thought that Switzerland would eventually follow Italy and other nations in supinely adhering to the diktats of the elite even in the matter of the pandemic emergency. Your Confederation, in fact, is already well ahead of other countries on the path of globalization, and the imprint of the New World Order is very marked in the life of the great Swiss cities.

The Ruth Institute: Virginia Election Shows the Power of Angry Parents

The Ruth Institute, The Stream – “The Virginia gubernatorial upset shows the power of angry and motivated parents,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “Revelations about indoctrination in public schools and the grotesque arrogance of Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, motivated parents to make noise,” Morse observed.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: One Will Be Taken and the Other Left

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:26-37 – As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was in the days of Lot — they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built …

‘Not a Happy Experience’: Pro-Abortion Sen. Dick Durbin on His 17-Year Communion Ban

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News – A week after President Biden said that Pope Francis told him he was a “good Catholic” and should “keep receiving Communion,” and just days before the U.S. bishops meet to discuss the draft document on Eucharistic coherence, America Media published a strange interview with Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, the powerful chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Is It the End? by Joannie Watson

By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic – Does it matter if we are living in the end times?.. Is it the end of the world as we know it? If it is, as the song goes… I feel fine… Each year as the liturgical year comes to a close, our readings are filled with themes like judgment, the end of the world, and being prepared. This weekend, it might be easy to focus on things like the sun darkening or stars falling from the sky.

Saint of the Day for November 12: St. Josaphat

Franciscan Media – In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries… In 1595, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of Ruthenians, sought reunion with Rome.

The Kyle Rittenhouse Prosecutor’s Case Comes Down To Rioting Good, Self-Defense Bad, by Eddie Scarry

By Eddie Scarry, The Federalist – If you follow the prosecution’s case against Kyle Rittenhouse, the only logical end is the assertion that self-defense is almost never an option and visiting the scene of a riot is only okay if you are there to burn property… There are other facets to lead prosecutor Thomas Binger’s arguments — that Rittenhouse, 18, was in illegal possession of a gun, that he showed up in Kenosha, Wis. …

The Daily Battle to Seek God’s Will Over Our Own, by Constance T. Hull

By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange – Daily we are engaged in a battle against self. It is an interior Garden of Gethsemane where we struggle to take the chalice of God’s will for our lives. This manifests in our sins, our relationships, and the events of our day… Will we seek God’s will or not? Will we love as He loves or not? Will we surrender or not?.. Our culture tells us to follow our hearts, but that is not the path to holiness. The path to holiness is to submit to God’s will over our own in every moment of our lives.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Sobering Scriptural Warning to Rulers and Leaders

By Msgr. Charles Pope – During the current political period, when many leaders will be elected, we do well to recall the strong admonitions of God to those who attain to leadership, whether as politicians, community leaders, teachers, or others of significant influence… The Book of Wisdom (6:1-25) contains a stern warning for those of authority and influence. I present it here along with a few comments (in red) of my own.

Opinion: EWTN: The US Bishops and the Communion Controversy: Blame Biden, Pelosi and the Media

The Editors, EWTN News – Maybe it’s too much to hope that such Catholic politicians will ever be swayed by a medicinal correction regarding their support for legal abortion. But don’t criticize the bishops if the issue of reception of Communion does overshadow the other things on the agenda at the meeting in Baltimore. The fault lies with the news media that continually misrepresent the matter — and, even more, with Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and the other prominent Catholic politicians who continue to scandalize the faithful by their Eucharistically incoherent support for legal abortion.

This Activist is Trying to Make Sure Babies Can be Killed in Late-Term Abortions Across America

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Shannon Brewer’s Mississippi abortion facility ends the lives of 10 to 15 nearly fully formed, post-15 week unborn babies every month… These unborn babies have heartbeats and brainwaves, taste buds on their tongues, reproductive organs, fingers and toes. They can yawn and suck their thumbs, and some are rapidly approaching viability… Brewer’s Jackson Women’s Health Organization is fighting at the U.S. Supreme Court to be allowed to continue second-trimester abortions.

Trump is Owed a Second Term, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – What I tell my friend and what I will say to you now is that Donald Trump was the victim of the most significant political crime in the history of our country. He came under assault from this crime and these criminals every day of his four years. This assault was perpetrated by a criminal political class within our government and was nothing less than a coup d’état unlike we have ever seen in our history. 

Pro-Family Leader Calls on GOP Chairwoman to Resign Over ‘Pride Coalition’, by Matt Lamb

By Matt Lamb, LifeSiteNews – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the head of the Republican Party needs to resign over her new “Pride Coalition.”… The new group launched by Ronna McDaniel at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club is supposed to reach out to homosexual Republicans because they “enrich” the party with “unique perspectives.”

WATCH! “COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Efficacy and the Urgent Need for Early Ambulatory Therapy”, by Dr. Peter A. McCullough

WATCH! “COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Efficacy and the Urgent Need for Early Ambulatory Therapy”, by Dr. Peter A. McCullough, Tyler, Texas, Nov. 2021

If The Left Ends Parent Rights, You Might Need A License To Raise Your Own Child, by Stella Morabito

By Stella Morabito, The Federalist – Parents are now more aware than ever that their right to raise their own children is in danger. Recent election results in Virginia and elsewhere testify to that awakening. A lot of the news focused on the public school curriculum of critical race theory, which pits children against one another based on their race. Parents never signed on to that… But they’re also waking up to a host of other disturbing trends in public education.

Biden’s Unethical and Immoral Military Vaxxing Mandate, by Lee Miller

By Lee Miller, Patriot Post – Every cadet at West Point is required to memorize Major General John M. Schofield’s Definition of Discipline. The passage begins, “The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army.” When it comes to medical tyranny, it seems the current commander-in-chief, Joe Biden, is intent on destroying an army by way of his vaccination mandates.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Coming of Christ’s Kingdom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:20-25 – Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, `Behold, here it is!’ or `There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it.

History Will Grind Out the Truth, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – “History will figure that out on its own.” That is what Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently replied to Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIAID… In a heated congressional exchange, Fauci derided the idea that the COVID-19 pandemic was due to the leak of a dangerous virus, engineered in the Chinese Wuhan virology lab—and in part funded by U.S. health agencies, on the prompt of Fauci himself.

Saint of the Day for November 11: St. Martin of Tours

By Franciscan Media – A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr.

Marine Corps Veteran Says Mass and Prayer Got Him Through Deployments, by Zoe Romanowsky

By Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia – Sisbarro: My faith didn’t necessarily drive my decision to serve in the military, but it certainly guided me throughout my career. I did tours in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. While deployed in harms way, my faith played a central role in my decision-making as well as being a source of strength that enabled me to overcome difficult situations. This taught me the importance of prioritizing prayer every day and whenever I was able, to attend Mass.

When Nuns Are Persecuted: Lessons from the Russian Underground, by Peter Kwasniewski, PhD

By Peter Kwasniewski, PhD, OnePeterFive – Those who have been paying attention to the mounting attack on the contemplative religious life and on traditional religious communities (an attack extremely well documented by Hilary White: see this recent article, which also gives links to her past articles) may be wondering: What can be done about this evil? How can nuns or sisters defend themselves? What can they do? Are they helplessly at the mercy of Church authorities who would obliterate them from off the face of the earth?

Diocese of Rome Outlaws Old Rite Holy Week, by Jules Gomes

By Jules Gomes, Church Militant – Pope Francis’ vicar general has banned Latin Mass clergy and laity in the diocese of Rome from celebrating the Easter Triduum — from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday — according to the Extraordinary Form… Cardinal Vicar Angelo de Donatis has also “expressly forbidden” the celebration of all other sacraments and sacramentals — including the sacrament of confession — according to the ancient form.

Fr. Ed Broom, OMV: Five Easy Steps to Start Seeing Jesus As Your Lord & Friend

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Good Shepherd; Bread of Life; Lamb of God; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; Light of the world; Alpha and Omega; Principle and Foundation; Christ, Son of the Living God; Redeemer and Savior; Faithful Friend; Son of the Father; Son of the Virgin Mary—all of these are Christological titles. Each of these titles reflect a single but glorious aspect of Jesus. He is Lord, God, and Savior and so ardently yearns to be our friend in time and for eternity.

Loudoun Co. Public Schools Lawyer Up the Day After Va. Attorney General-Elect Reveals Plan to Probe Sexual Assault Cases, by Craig Bannister 

By Craig Bannister, CNSNews – On Friday, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) issued an announcement to the Virginia school district’s families and staff, notifying them that LCPS has hired a law firm to review its handling of two alleged sexual assaults, one of which allegedly took place in a transgender school bathroom.

Catholic Bishop Slams Biden for Supporting Abortion: “63 Million Babies Have Been Murdered. It’s a Bloodbath”, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone called out President Joe Biden this week for supporting the abortion “bloodbath” that has destroyed nearly 63 million unborn babies’ lives in the United States… The San Francisco archbishop has been outspoken in his criticism of political leaders like Biden who profess to be Catholic while openly advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

Forty Hours’ Devotion, by Jennifer Gregory Miller

By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture – Our parish recently completed a Forty Hours’ Devotion. I admit this is the first Forty Hours I have ever attended (that I can remember. Perhaps I did as a child?). The devotion is a part of a larger diocesan preparation for our Golden Jubilee in three years. This first year of this preparation is devoted to Remembrance, and it includes having many of the parishes in the diocese hosting Forty Hours. Our parish was the first.

Bill Gates Admits COVID Shots ‘Only Slightly Reduce’ Transmission, Calls for ‘New’ Approach to Vaccines

By David, McLoone, Joseph Summers, LifeSiteNews – Billionaire population control and vaccine advocate Bill Gates criticized the currently available COVID jabs as not sufficiently halting transmission of the virus Thursday, stating that “we need a new way of doing the vaccines.”… In a wide-ranging 30-minute interview with leading British politician Jeremy Hunt, head of the U.K. Health Select Committee, Gates discussed many of the topics debated at the COP 26 climate summit underway in neighboring Scotland …

Veterans Day — a Celebration of the Greatest Love Makes It an Unassailable Holiday, by Scott Powell

By Scott Powell, The Stream –
Of all foreign wars in which Americans were engaged, World War II is by far the largest, with over 16 million soldiers serving or deployed overseas. Today, less than 1.5% of those veterans remain alive as the remnants of the “Greatest Generation.” When we think about these veterans this November 11th, who are likely to pass away of old age in a matter of four or five more years, Christ’s teaching that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” takes on new meaning.

The Cure for Ignorance, by John Haldane

By John Haldane, First Things – Take almost any area of life: agriculture and energy production, animals, art and culture, broadcasting and journalism, business and commerce, computing and robotics, crime, policing and punishment, diet and food, disability, education, health and medicine, marriage and family, politics, recreation and sport, science and technology, sex and sexuality, and war and defense. Each of these, and others besides, has become a field of ethical contest and innovation.

Obama’s Messiah Complex on Display in Glasgow, Scotland, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – For eight long years, America would have to endure the self-righteous, condescending denunciations of a narcissist who could find few positive statements to make about the nation that had elected him president… Well, after Obama flew into Glasgow on a private jet from Washington, DC, he quickly got into his lecture by stoking the anger of youthful ignorance. “You are right to be frustrated,” he opined. “Folks in my generation have not done enough to deal with a potentially cataclysmic problem that you now stand to inherit.”

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “If we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” —George Washington (1796)

WATCH: Bishop Joseph Strickland Speaks About “Preeminence”, EDIFY

Bishop Joseph Strickland speaks about “Preeminence”, EDIFY

Opinio: Natural Immunity Versus Vaccine Immunity, by Dennis Prager

By Dennis Prager, Patriot Post – You never know when something you say will go viral. It has happened a number of times in my career, the latest being comments I made on my national radio talk show a few weeks ago when I had COVID-19. I said that I had hoped I would attain natural immunity, since science — evidenced, for example, in a major study from Israel, one of the most pro-vaccine and highly vaccinated societies in the world — strongly suggests that natural immunity provides more robust and durable protection against COVID-19 than the current COVID-19 vaccines have proven to provide.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Fell at Jesus’ Feet Giving Thanks

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:11-19 – On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. …

 Saint of the Day for November 10: St. Leo the Great

By Franciscan Media – With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and of the Church as the ongoing sign of Christ’s presence in the world, Leo the Great displayed endless dedication as pope. Elected in 440, he worked tirelessly as “Peter’s successor,” guiding his fellow bishops as “equals in the episcopacy and infirmities.”

Homosexuality in Scripture, by Brad Miner

By Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing – What Is Man? is a new book – new anyway in English, having been published at the end of 2019 in Italian as Che cosa è l’uomo? – from the Pontifical Biblical Commission. As such, it has no identified author or authors. (The English version was prepared by Fathers Fearghus O’Fearghail and Adrian Graffy.) It carries the subtitle, A Journey through Biblical Anthropology and is a defense of the Biblical roots of Catholicism’s view of human beings and our relationship to God.

Reclaiming Authentic Feminism: How the Culture Can Foster True Equality, by Erika J. Ahern

By Erika J. Ahern, EWTN News – In The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, Erika Bachiochi issues a ringing call to correct the course of modern feminism, which has for decades pursued a philosophical, legal and moral suicide mission. Through the thought of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), Bachiochi proposes a dynamic way forward for rebuilding the women’s movement.

When a Bishop Plays Public-Health Bureaucrat, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In a signed document explaining his “Rationale for a Diocesan Vaccination Covid-19 Policy,” Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, Ontario, opens with a curious statement about the Church’s role: Our Church must be mindful that we are a component of society, unique in our vocation, but similar in operation and exposure as many others.

Getting Better? by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – New study shows fewer gay, more faithful priests… Priests ordained in the last 11 years are more faithful to Catholic Church teaching, according to a new study… The report, published Nov. 2, examines the question, “Is homosexuality in the priesthood diminishing?” It explores the results of the 2021 Survey of American Catholic Priests to compare the faithfulness of priests ordained before 1981 to those ordained after 2010.

Cardinal Cupich and The Big Lie, by Aaron Seng

By Aaron Seng, Crisis Magazine – This Lie of surpassing Bigness is not the systematic cover-up of decades of sexual abuse by ecclesiastical authorities, although this can certainly be laid at their feet. Neither is it the strange eagerness of many bishops to promote illegal immigration, resettlement, and the mass injection of citizens with abortion-tainted serums… No, The Big Lie considered here is far more fundamental, nefarious, and harmful to man’s salvation.

As a Black Pro-Life Woman, Winsome Sears Is Left’s Worst Nightmare, by Cal Thomas

By Cal Thomas, LifeNews – The significance of Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears’ victory cannot be overstated. But her victory is significant not only because she is a black woman and the “first” of her race and gender to hold the office of lieutenant governor in Virginia, but also because she has been described as an anti-racist. Sears does not buy into a victimhood that characterizes the Democratic Party’s view of people of color.

LGBT Influence in Conservative and GOP Circles is Growing. Here’s Why That’s Deeply Problematic

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – On Saturday, major LGBT events on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts served to highlight the substantial rise of the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism in institutions that were once regarded as bastions of conservatism… Donald Trump hosted a huge black tie gala for Log Cabin (LGBT) Republicans at his Florida Mar-a-Lago Atlantic resort home where former First Lady Melania Trump was honored with the organization’s “Spirit of Lincoln” Award.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Our Strengths Are Often Our Struggles

By Msgr. Charles Pope – One of the things that I have learned about myself and humans in general is that our strengths are very closely related to our struggles. Some people are passionate. This makes them dedicated and driven to make a difference, but it also makes them vulnerable to anger or depression. Their passion in one area (e.g., truth, justice) can cause difficulties with passions in other areas such as sexuality, food, or drink. Passionate people can inspire others and are often great leaders, but they also run the risk of crashing and burning, whether emotionally or morally.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: We Have Only Done Our Duty

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:7-10 – “Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table’? Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink’? …

Saint of the Day for November 9: Dedication of Saint John Lateran Basilica

Franciscan Media – Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides… The first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when Constantine donated land he had received from the wealthy Lateran family.

Vaccine Mandates – What’s the End Game? by Brian C. Joondeph, M.D.

By Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., American Thinker – According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in August, “Vaccines no longer prevent you from spreading COVID.”… This leads to several questions, which the corporate media seems uninterested in exploring or asking… Why is this now suddenly an “emergency”? The vaccines have been available for almost a year and COVID has been with us for two years, yet now OSHA sees mandatory vaccination as an “emergency.”

How Getting Fired For His Beliefs Became A Huge Opportunity For My Husband And Our Family

By Elise Crapuchettes, The Federalist – God is using draconian political leaders and rabid wokesters to do his work and awaken his people. The story of the Exodus is a good reminder that God likes to deliver out of extreme difficulty at the very last minute, and sometimes later. He uses the machinations of those in power as a means of his deliverance.

The Extraordinary View of Jesus Found in the Gospel of John, by Stephen Beale

By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange – The first three gospels are firmly grounded in the historical Jesus. John is too, of course, but his initial perspective is a cosmic one. He looks back to the Jesus present at the beginning of time. The first verses of the Gospel of John are heavy with universal concepts—creation, nothingness, life, light, the human race, darkness, the world, flesh, glory, grace, and truth. Behind them stands eternal being itself: the Word who is with God and is God.

Solomon: Durham’s Indictments Show Hillary ‘Was In Up to Her Neck’, by Mike Huckabee

By Mike Huckabee, The Stream – That’s what investigative reporter John Solomon told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo… Solomon, who told Maria the Danchenko indictment shows the Trump-Russia investigation was built on “lie upon lie upon lie,” has a new report at Just the News in which he shifts to Durham’s look at top FBI officials.

Fr. James Grant: Putting the Parish Mission into Action

By Fr. James Grant, Crisis Magazine – Overwhelmingly, the most common experience of Catholic priests, parishes, and dioceses is one of overwork, hackneyed originality, and shortness of funds. In truth, we are in survival mode; few parishes or dioceses have any growth or effective plans for the future years… Most Catholics no longer know what mission is. They hopelessly confuse it with social justice.

DeSantis Warns ‘Fully-Vaxxed’ Americans Will Need Boosters to Keep Jobs ‘If We Don’t Stand Up Now’

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his state’s plans to fight the requirement, warning the sweeping mandate is “just the tip of the iceberg.”… “A year and a half ago we started with 15 days to slow the spread, and now it’s gone to get jabbed or lose your job,” DeSantis said… “Individuals should make informed choices about their own health care,” he added. “They shouldn’t be coerced into getting a jab.”

Texas Didn’t Just Ban Abortions, It Also Helped Pregnant Women, by Kristan Hawkins

By Kristan Hawkins and Chelsey Youman, LifeNews – The abortion activists in President Joe Biden’s Administration are fighting Texas again in court, arguing that some Constitutional rights matter more than others… Keeping in mind that abortion is never mentioned in the Constitution while protecting states’ rights was of great concern, those facts don’t have much weight for Biden’s Department of Justice.

We Must Ask the Questions That Count — So What Questions Do We Ask? by Regis Martin

By Regis Martin, EWTN News – As Leo Tolstoy, fabled author of War and Peace, lay dying, he reportedly turned to his wife, and in a voice fraught with desperation, cried out, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do!” Replying to her husband, who was far from being a fabled figure to her, she answered commandingly, “Leo, you’re supposed to die. And I wish you’d get on with it!”… Unlike poor Leo, who appears to have been most fearfully ill-prepared, the rest of us should probably have a plan in place for contingencies like death.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – The first reading in today’s Mass (1 Kings 17:10-16) speaks to us of the paradox of poverty: it is our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. Our emptiness provides room for God to go to work… In our worldly riches, we feel we have “too much to lose”; the Gospel just seems too demanding. In our poverty, emptiness, and detachment from this world, however, there is a strange and unexpected freedom that makes it easier to step out in faith—and stepping out in faith is the only thing that can save us.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.” —Alexander Hamilton (1791)

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord Jesus Increase Our Faith

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:1-6 – And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him…

New World Order

Church Militant – In this week’s Mic’d Up, Michael Voris interviews Dr. Daniel Stock, a family medicine doctor who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Dr. Stock is the founding physician at PureHealth Functional Family Medicine — a new family medicine practice in Noblesville, Indiana.

Saint of the Day for November 8: Blessed John Duns Scotus (c. 1266 – Nov. 8, 1308)

By Franciscan Media – Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Story – A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries. Born at Duns in the county of Berwick, Scotland, John was descended from a wealthy farming family. In later years, he was identified as John Duns Scotus to indicate the land of his birth; Scotia is the Latin name for Scotland.

Former West Point Cadet: I Was Expected to ‘Lay Down My Life’ Not for US, but ‘for a Political Agenda’, by Megan Williams

By Megan Williams, CNSNews – MacDonald said: “I wasn’t just resisting an injection, but I was resisting a kingdom that glorifies ignorant submission and unethical behavior and unlawful orders and frankly, I was just very upset with the trajectory of our government right now and realizing they didn’t want me to lay down my life for my brothers and sisters, but for a political agenda.”

The Widow’s Mite: A Lesson in True Religion, by Gayle Somers

By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange – Jesus often warned His disciples of the dangers of false, empty religion.  His strongest words of condemnation in the Gospels are always directed to those who make a showy pious flourish while, at the same time, pervert the meaning of God’s covenant with the Jews.  There were scribes in His day whose goal was their reputation.  …

Trickle-Down Bidenism, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Does the Biden socialist cadre who engineered these self-induced calamities have any clue about the damage they have done to America?… Will trickle-down Bidenism always harm someone else, someone poorer, someone less important, someone culturally repugnant to them—like Joe Biden’s dregs and chumps, Barack Obama’s clingers, and Hillary Clinton’s deplorables and irredeemables?

Life as an Unvaccinated in Australia

By Steve Christie, Crisis Magazine – I have never felt so different and “other” as I do now. I am one of the unvaccinated… I can no longer go into the office, as a number of my co-workers do not feel comfortable with me being there—and our government backs them up. No science, data, arguments, or logic will convince them I am not a danger. People I have known for decades now simply feel unsafe and uncomfortable to be around me, as if I am a rat or a cockroach.

Catholic University Defends Holding Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – A Catholic university in California refused to cancel a fundraiser for the Planned Parenthood abortion chain this week hosted by one of its student groups on campus… Loyola Marymount University told Angelus News that the fundraiser is a project of its Women in Politics student club, not a “university sponsored” event.

The Covid War Is A Class War, by Bradley Devlin

By Bradley Devlin, The American Conservative – Last year, we were told the American economy had to completely shut down for the sake of public health. Workers were told they had to work from home if at all possible. Others weren’t so lucky, as millions applied for unemployment benefits seemingly overnight. …It soon became clear that Covid was merely a pretense for the elites to wage a war on the working class.

If Kavanaugh And Barrett Betray Pro-Lifers, We Must Blow Up The Conservative Legal Movement, by Rachel Bovard,

By Rachel Bovard, The Federalist – Less than a handful of years after their hard-won elevation to the Supreme Court, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are sending a chill down the spines of conservatives with a string of bad signals from their seats on the court… In July, Kavanaugh and Barrett joined the court’s leftist majority in declining to hear Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington, a critical religious liberty case. They again sided with the court’s left in a similar decision to turn away a religious exemption challenge to Maine’s vaccine mandate …

BREAKING: Federal Court Stalls Biden’s COVID Jab Mandate for Businesses With 100 or More Employees, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler, LifeSiteNews – A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the Biden administration’s COVID-19 injection mandate that would require businesses with 100 or more employees to force workers to either get the experimental shot or be subject to weekly testing and other requirements… The three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (all of whom are Republican-appointees) issued the Saturday decision in response to a request for a stay submitted by Texas, Utah, Mississippi and South Carolina, as well as a group of businesses that argued they would be negatively affected by the mandate.

BOOK PICK: ‘The Art of Preaching’: Catholic Priests and Preaching: Preaching Must Be Intrinsic to Who a Priest Is

By Father Paul Scalia, EWTN News – Perhaps the most constant complaint heard from Catholic pews is about the poor quality of the preaching. Although saddening, it might also be a small consolation to know that such seems always to have been the case… I’ve heard people express a longing for the days of such great preachers as St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom. But those men stand out in history precisely because, sadly, they weren’t the norm.

Becoming Soldiers of Christ, by Joe Sixpack

By Joe Sixpack, Church Militant – Confirmation increases sanctifying grace, thus making us more holy. It increases within us supernaturally infused virtues, thus making us stronger in doing good. It further gives us an increase of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation also imprints on each soul an indelible spiritual character and, for this reason, can’t be repeated. Best of all, it enables us to courageously profess our faith, even under the threat of death. Indeed, without confirmation, there would be far fewer martyrs in the Church’s glorious history.

Daily Decisions in Faith, by Joannie Watson

By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic – Do you know what the future looks like? Of course not. Is it easy to worry about it? Of course. But that’s not what God asks us to do. He asks us to look at what is here, right now. He asks us to do that in love, to the best of our ability. That is what it means to live in faith. For most of us, he does not let us see the future. He does not let us know if today is the day our oil is going to run out. He asks us to trust.

WATCH! 4 1/2 Years Ago: An Unholy Alliance: the UN, Soros, and the Francis Papacy, by Elizabeth Yore

The Fatima Center, Feb 21, 2017 – An Unholy Alliance: the UN, Soros, and the Francis Papacy – Elizabeth Yore – Chicago 2017

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: “No One Can Be at the Same Time a Good Catholic and a True Socialist”

By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive – The royal families of Europe were falling one by one. Secularist atheistic materialism was on the rise.  In the wake of the gory First World War Pope Pius XI looked out over the world and, in 1922, issued an encyclical letter Ubi arcano which directed people to the “Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.”

Meet the Catholic Leader Planning a Eucharistic Revival in the US, by John Burger

By John Burger, Aleteia – Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens was recently named bishop of Crookston, Minnesota, an area of the country that’s mostly known for its sugar beet farms… While Bishop Cozzens might be heading for a diocese that, for many Americans, is in the middle of nowhere, he is central to a discussion taking place among the 432 Catholic bishops of the United States. That discussion, it is hoped, will lead to a renewed faith in and love for what is central to the life of the Church: the Eucharist — the sacrament established by Jesus Christ as an eternal memorial of his death and resurrection and his presence in creation.

Mother Angelica: When You Pray, Know God Can Do It!

By Mother Angelica, Catholic Exchange – God may not answer our prayers the way we want. He may not answer on your time because sometimes He has to influence other people’s wills; people are stubborn! God isn’t just all of a sudden going to make a special magic formula and change their wills. God works very gently, and that takes time. So that means you’ve got to wait. In the meantime, you’re saying to God, “I bet You can’t do this,” or “You won’t do this.” Well, He can do anything, but sometimes He also doesn’t do it because it’s not for your good.

So the Best We Can Offer is “Encounter” and “Dialogue”? by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Christianity embodies every authentic human good, but it is truly itself only when it does so much more—that is, when it transcends every purely human good by enabling the human person to be caught up in the life of God through Jesus Christ. If that “so much more” is not visible, if that “so much more” is not taught, if that “so much more” is not experienced by others, then the light of Christ has been hidden under the bushel basket of our own humanity. …

The Heart of the Christmas Story, by John Wilson

By John Wilson, First Things – Have you noticed the aversion many people have for the word “novella”? I’ve never been able to figure it out. At times I’ve had the sense that the avoiders think it pretentious; why not simply say “short novel”? I prefer “novella” myself because it is a distinct form… Novellas come in great variety, of course, just as stories and novels do, but it’s not a coincidence that the uncanny makes its presence felt more often in that form.

On Wanting More: A Philosophical-Theological Potpourri, by Joseph R. Wood

By Joseph R. Wood,  The Catholic Thing – One of my favorite episodes in philosophy comes early in Plato’s dialogue, the Republic. The characters in the conversation are discussing what justice is, and why we should live a just life. Socrates, in the kind of display that eventually earned him execution by drinking hemlock, is poking holes in his friends’ understanding of justice… “Ok, if you’re so smart, Socrates, what do you think justice is?” And now the dialogue is off and running.

LifeSiteNews: BREAKING: Republicans Take Back Virginia House, Democrats Concede

By LifeSiteNews – “Virginia voters made an historic statement, delivering a clear rebuke of the failed policies of the last two years and electing Republicans up and down the ballot,” House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said in a victory statement Wednesday. “We are grateful to Virginians who place their trust in us, and we look forward to immediately going to work with Governor-elect Youngkin and his administration to restore fiscal order, give parents the voice they deserve in education, and keep our Commonwealth safe.”

Joe Biden Sends $5 Million to UN to Fund Portable Devices to Kill Babies in Abortions Around the World, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Joe Biden’s administration just gave $5 million taxpayer dollars to a UN program that provides deadly abortion drugs and devices to women across the world…
UNFPA Supplies provides maternal health care supplies and contraception in countries affected by humanitarian emergencies. However, it also works with abortion groups to distribute non-essential, life-destroying abortion drugs and devices to vulnerable women and girls …

Elections Have Consequences, by David Nussman

By David Nussman, Church Militant – For months leading up to Election Day, analysts have been looking at the Virginia governor’s race as a predictor for next year’s midterm elections. Church Militant’s David Nussman tells us why a GOP victory in one state could snowball into major national gains… Virginia went to Biden by 10 points in 2020. But the GOP winning the governor’s race this year could be a sign voters are rejecting what Democrats have been up to in D.C.

Rand Paul to Fauci: Your Denials a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ to World, by Art Moore

By Art Moore, WND – “Dr. Fauci, I don’t expect you today to admit that you approved of NIH funding for a gain of function research in Wuhan, but your repeated denials have worn thin,” Sen. Paul began… “The facts are clear. The NIH did fund gain of function research in Wuhan despite your protestations,”… He charged that Fauci’s “persistent denials … are not simply a stain on your reputation but are clear and present danger to the country and to the world.”

After Virginia, Fight the Culture War With the Aim of Victory, by Josh Hammer

By Josh Hammer, American Greatness – Tuesday night’s GOP electoral romp in Virginia, headlined by Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s victory over former governor and longtime Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe, ought to be a watershed moment for the trajectory of American conservative politics and the Republican Party…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Necessity of Prudent Foresight

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 16:1-8 – He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’

Saint of the Day for November 5: St. Peter Chrysologus

By Franciscan Media – A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter ” of the Golden Words,” as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West… At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these Peter was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us.

Coherent Eucharistic Discipline: An Unfathomable Mercy, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – As the American bishops struggle through what ought to be a relatively simple discussion of “Eucharistic coherence”, some key principles of Eucharistic doctrine and discipline may once again remain unstated. The initial draft of the bishops’ document on this subject does not offer great hope. ..

WATCH! Official SOS from Australia! The Government Has Instilled so Much Fear That We Have Lost Our Vigor to Fight!

Reignite Democracy Australia, Nov 3, 2021

It’s time for our international friends to recognise that Australia is at war with its’ government and we need help. OUR HUMAN RIGHTS ARE GONE. Please, international friends…hear our cries for help and apply economic and political pressure on our leaders to change the destructive path we are on. Provide a way for citizens who no longer feel safe here to come home. Offer a certain number of Australians asylum, many of us need it!

Fr. James V. Schall: Socrates on the Cross

By Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic Thing – The trial of Socrates is replicated in the trial of Christ. In both cases, we have noble and good men before the courts of the best cities of their time. The governor/judge at Christ’s trial even wanted to know what “truth” was, or at least he asked about it. In the reflections of Plato on the trial of Socrates, we have the human mind at its best knowing the issues that must be confronted by a mind. In the case of Christ, the history and explanation of who He was, who He claimed to be, lies in what we now call “revelation.”..

Who Benefits from the Status Quo? by Stephen P. White

By Stephen P. White,  The Catholic Thing – Let’s assume, for the moment, that President Biden’s account of his meeting with Pope Francis is accurate. Let’s assume, because we can’t know for sure, that the pope told Joe Biden he is a “good Catholic” and that the president should “keep going to Communion.” There are any number of reasons to doubt the account, but let’s assume that it’s true.

Dallas Jenkins and The Chosen Release Special Film Just in Time for Christmas, by Nancy Flory

By Nancy Flory, The Stream – Dallas Jenkins’ upcoming film Christmas With The Chosen: The Messengers will be in theaters early next month, just in time for Christmas. Jenkins, the son of author Jerry Jenkins, brought to life the birth and ministry of Jesus Christ four years ago through the crowdfunded television series The Chosen. The Chosen is now in its second season.

Conservative Truck Driver Who Spent $153 on His Campaign Defeats Top Democrat in New Jersey Senate, by Steven Ertelt

By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews – New Jersey Senate president Steve Sweeney has lost his legislative seat to a conservative truck driver who spent just $153 on his campaign… Edward Dur, who calls himself a conservative Christian, has defeated the pro-abortion state Senator who is the longest serving legislative leader in the state’s history. With 100% of the votes tabulated, Durr defeated Sweeney 52-48%.

Ohio Republicans Introduce Bill to Effectively Ban All Abortions Following Texas Heartbeat Act, by Ashley Sadler

By Ashley Sadler. LifeSite News – As the Supreme Court hears challenges to Texas’ “Heartbeat Act” which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Ohio Republicans have introduced a bill which goes a step farther than the Texas law, which appears to outlaw almost all abortions regardless of cardiac activity or gestation time.

The Pope’s “9 Commandments for a Just Economy” Forgets the First One, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine – The “popular movements” are the vanguard of the Catholic social justice warriors. They consist of a vast menagerie of Leftist activists and community organizers found in political action groups, Basic Christian Communities, worker organizations, and indigenous peoples’ lobbies. They exist worldwide, especially in less-developed nations, and they implement the tenets of liberation theology.

BREAKING: Glenn Youngkin Upsets Pro-Abortion Democrat to Win Virginia Governor’s Race, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – ‘This is a moment for Virginians to push back on this left, liberal, progressive agenda,’ Youngkin said at a final campaign rally ahead of his devastating upset Tuesday… Youngkin, a private equity executive and political outsider, defeated Democratic nominee and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe in one of the first major elections since Biden’s inauguration and what is widely considered to be a bellwether for the 2022 midterms.

Leftist Policies Are Breaking the Supply Chain, by Michael Swartz

By Michael Swartz, Patriot Post – Meanwhile, Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff adds: “The elephant in the room is a workforce that, to an unprecedented degree, would rather not work and has been incentivized not to by unprecedented unemployment benefits. The shortage of truck drivers contributes significantly to the supply chain crisis. That shortage will be exacerbated when truck drivers are fired for refusing the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The True Cost of Discipleship 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:25-33 – Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Saint of the Day for November 3: St. Martin de Porres

By Franciscan Media – “Father unknown” is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. “Half-breed” or “war souvenir” is the cruel name inflicted by those of “pure” blood. Like many others, Martin might have grown to be a bitter man, but he did not. It was said that even as a child he gave his heart and his goods to the poor and despised.

The Pope and the President, by Robert Royal

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing – Biden has demonstrated a very casual relationship with the truth over many years. And we may yet find out that something different was said behind closed doors. The Vatican was evidently nervous about this meeting, which is why it took the unusual step of not allowing any live filming. The Vatican press office has not denied Biden’s account and has only said that it was a private conversation. And that it doesn’t comment on private conversations.

CNA: Pope Francis to COP26: ‘Now Is the Time to Act, Urgently, Courageously, and Responsibly’

By CNA Staff – Pope Francis told world leaders attending a United Nations climate summit on Tuesday that “now is the time to act, urgently, courageously, and responsibly.”… “Now is the time to act, urgently, courageously and responsibly. Not least, to prepare a future in which our human family will be in a position to care for itself and for the natural environment,”

Vaccine Passports for Mass? by Douglas Farrow

By Douglas Farrow, Crisis Magazine – Last month I wrote a piece entitled Unclean! Unclean! in which I criticized the decision of the Arch. of Moncton to divide his flock between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, and to refuse any longer to nourish the latter with sacramental graces. That piece lasted some thirty-six hours before it was removed… The archbishop’s decision didn’t last much longer. He struck a new deal with the New Brunswick health authorities that stopped just short of excommunicating the unvaccinated.

The Ultimate Clericalism, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – The terse official summary of the conversation, issued by the Vatican press office, said that the conversation had centered on “the protection and care of the planet, the healthcare situation and the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the theme of refugees and assistance to migrants”— not on Biden’s spiritual life.

What’s In (And Isn’t In) the Bishops’ Draft Document on the Eucharist? by Christine Rousselle

By Christine Rousselle, CNA – A draft text of the U.S. bishops’ forthcoming document on Eucharistic coherence does not make explicit mention of denying the sacrament from certain high-profile Catholics and instead focuses on the importance of teaching the Real Presence of the Eucharist and the Eucharist as a tool for evangelization… The draft, titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church” was obtained by CNA on Nov. 2.

As Biden Met With the Pope, His DOJ Filed a Brief Claiming the Right To Abort a Baby With a Beating Heart, by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – The activities of the Biden administration this past Friday featured two remarkable and profoundly contradictory events… In Rome, President Joe Biden met with Pope Francis. In Washington, his Justice Department filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing there is a “right” to kill an unborn baby with a beating heart.

Doctor: Public Lacks Access to Info. On Vax Risks, by Benjamin Harnwell

By Benjamin Harnwell, Church Militant – Dr. Malone, one of the costs of singing outside the chorus is the risk of being negatively reviewed by the critics — if not by the prime donne. And you were in fact deplatformed from LinkedIn for example. What was that like?… Dr. Malone: That’s an interesting story. They did do that, and then they looked at the actual statements that I’d made.

Fr. Ed Broom: The Many Graces That Flow From the Mass

By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – Why are droves of Catholics fleeing the Catholic Church like rats escaping from a sinking ship? Why is it that the largest religious groups the world over are non-practicing Catholics? You can offer massive reasons for the loss of many Catholics who used to practice their faith—many of whom were baptized, confirmed, and married in the Church. Many of the reasons given have a valid explanation, to a certain degree.

Texas Senator Who Authored Abortion Ban: I Want to Protect “Every Little Baby” From Abortion, by Mary Margaret Olohan

By Mary Margaret Olohan, LifeNews – Texas state Sen. Bryan Hughes, author of one of the most controversial pieces of abortion legislation in decades, insisted Monday that his law is focused on protecting every “little baby” with a heartbeat… The Texas Republican stood steps away from the Supreme Court building as the nine justices heard oral arguments in challenges to Texas’ Heartbeat Act.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Mind Your Mind!

By Msgr. Charles Pope – There is a tendency today to trivialize and reduce the human person. One of the ways we do this is by claiming that it doesn’t really matter what people think or believe, only that they behave well. For example, we think that if a man is a good citizen, pays his taxes, doesn’t beat his wife, and is kind to children and animals then it doesn’t matter what he believes. This trivializes the man, because each of us was made to know the one, true God. We were made to know the truth and, knowing this truth, to be set free (Jn 8:32).

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: A Little Catechism on Politics and So-Called Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – 2) What does Canon Law say about public officials who promote abortion (or who are “pro-choice”)? “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” (Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law)

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Invitation to the King’s Banquet Table

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:15-24 – When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.’

Saint of the Day for November 2: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Franciscan Media – The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. “If we had no care for the dead,” Augustine noted, “we would not be in the habit of praying for them.” Yet pre-Christian rites for the deceased retained such a strong hold on the superstitious imagination that a liturgical commemoration …

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, …

‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Really Takes Off, by Nate Jackson

By Nate Jackson, Patriot Post – An intrepid reporter at the AP has done a service to the country by explaining the wild popularity of the slogan “Let’s Go Brandon.” The vast majority of Americans tune in only to the mainstream media (if anything) and thus have never heard that chant, but thanks to the AP’s Colleen Long, some now know it’s “code for insulting Joe Biden.”

Why No Science? by Randall Smith

By Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing – Hence, we find Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical on “Faith and Reason” (Fides et Ratio) speaking eloquently of a twofold need, increasingly unmet.  The first is “the need for a philosophy of genuinely metaphysical range, capable, that is, of transcending empirical data in order to attain something absolute, ultimate and foundational in its search for truth.” And the second, the need to “recover the sapiential dimension of study as a search for the ultimate and overarching meaning of life.”

Where Are the Real Domestic Terrorists? by Julie Kelly

By Julie Kelly, American Greatness – The lethal threat of domestic terrorism is yet another flat-out lie told by both the Biden regime and the news media. Not a single act of domestic terrorism has happened this year, including on January 6. Futher, despite his bluster, Garland’s office hasn’t charged a single Capitol defendant with committing terrorism. The threat is so bogus that a bunch of NeverTrump hacks had to dress up Democratic campaign workers to resemble white supremacist domestic terrorists and plant them at an event in a hotly contested governor’s race.

STUDY: Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Linked to Increase in Rare Brain Blood Clots

By Brendan Taylor, Insider Paper – The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, compared data from the general population prior to the pandemic to data gathered from reported vaccine side effects suffered by Americans… The study discovered a “significantly higher” incidence rate of brain blood clots (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis / CVST) in people following vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. ..

A Pilgrimage to New Orleans, One of America’s Great Catholic Cities, by Derek Rotty

By Derek Rotty, Catholic Exchange – One of the best domestic pilgrimage sites lies in Louisiana, at the mouth of the Mississippi River. New Orleans is far more than Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, or Saints football. New Orleans is a fascinating city with a great Catholic heritage and plenty of wonderful pilgrimage sites. We should all be so blessed to meet the Lord in this city.

Rev. Gerald E. Murray: Sorrow and Hope On All Souls Day

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, First Things – Praying for all the dead on November 2 is a communal act of supernatural charity by the Church Militant for the Church Suffering, praying in union with the Church Triumphant for all those being made ready for heaven. The ancient practice of using black vestments teaches us that death is sorrowful, and that mourning is not a mistaken emotional indulgence, but rather a deeply human expression of love for those who have gone before us.

Biden: Americans Have ‘Seen the Lord’ on Climate; Next Up: The Case For ‘Financing Other Countries’, by Patrick Goodenough

By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews – “The American people, four or five years ago, weren’t at all sure about climate change – whether it was real,” Biden told the COP26 event entitled “Action and Solidarity: The Critical Decade.”… “Well, they have… ‘seen the Lord,’” he said. “They’ve seen what’s happened back home, the incredible changes that are taking place. And they’re now finally, finally, finally realizing the sense of urgency that you all are.”

Cremation: The Denial of Human Bodily Integrity, by John M. Grondelski

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magzaine – As Catholics enter November and think about Christian death, I draw upon Le Guay’s inspiration to challenge our assumptions about proper treatment of the deceased human body… My purpose here is to focus on cremation as the act of deliberately destroying a human body… The fundamental difference between earth burial and cremation lies in the exercise of human agency vis-à-vis a human body.

Abortions in Texas Have Dropped Nearly 50% Since Heartbeat Act Was Signed Into Law: Report, by Patrick Delaney

By Patrick Delaney, LifeSiteNews – Recognized as the most protective pro-life bill in the nation, the Texas Heartbeat Act prohibits abortion once a baby’s heartbeat becomes detectable, typically by six weeks’ gestation. The legislation relies on a unique enforcement mechanism that empowers citizens, rather than the state, to sue abortionists and anyone else, other than the mother, who facilitates an abortion of a baby with a detectable heartbeat. Violations can result in fines of at least $10,000.

Dearly Departed, by Samuel McCarthy

By Samuel McCarthy, Church Militant – The Vatican is expanding special graces for Catholics — both living and dead… Throughout the entire month of November, plenary indulgences may be obtained by visiting a cemetery and praying for the deceased, according to a decree issued last week by the Apostolic Penitentiary…

US Bishops’ Fall Meeting Preview: Document on Eucharistic Coherence Unlikely to Call Out Specific Politicians, by Lauretta Brown

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News – During their virtual meeting in June, the bishops voted to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist with a section on worthiness to receive Holy Communion. A heated debate preceded the vote when a vocal minority of bishops pushed back against drafting the document with concerns that it would be interpreted politically as a move against President Joe Biden, who is pro-abortion and a baptized Catholic.

By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas: Of All Saints and All Souls

Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, The Catholic Thing – It’s more than a providential coincidence that the Church observes both All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day as fall turns into winter in this hemisphere and signs of death in nature serve as powerful reminders of our frailty and mortality, but also of the destiny of the saints in eternal glory… In recent years, a great deal has been written on the topic of death and dying, much of it simply perpetuating modern man’s inability to cope with suffering and death.

Vax Mandates Imperil New York City, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – Mayor Bill de Blasio has made the same grave error as Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot by forcing a vaccine mandate on city workers. This includes fire departments, police departments, and other emergency services like EMS… This is especially bad new for the New York City Fire Department, which stands to lose a little over one-third of its overall man power and 20% of its fire companies.

Pedophilic Porn Is The Issue, by William Mahoney

By William Mahoney, Ph.D., Church Militant – The Department of Justice continues its war on parents. The weaponization of the DOJ became even more evident yesterday, as Attorney General Merrick Garland hemmed and hawed before the Senate’s oversight committee hearing. Church Militant’s William Mahoney has more from the devout Catholic mother of six who first triggered the DOJ… Stacy Langton: “FBI versus moms — really?”

Wisconsin Elections Commission ‘Shattered’ Laws By Telling Nursing Home Staffers To Illegally Cast Ballots For Residents, by Kylee Zempel

By Kylee Zempel, The Federalist – Racine County, Wisconsin law enforcement blew the 2020 election integrity question wide open on Thursday after an investigation into one nursing home. It revealed not only that state election officials flagrantly broke the law and ordered health-care employees to help them, but that the problem likely runs much deeper throughout the swing state’s other 71 counties.

Preparing to Steal, by Kim Tisor

By Kim Tisor, Church Militant – The race for governor in Virginia is winding down. Now the question is, will liberal-Democrat Terry McAuliffe or conservative-Republican Glenn Youngkin cross the finish line once polls close Nov. 2?… Both candidates have pledged to accept Tuesday’s outcome, but as Church Militant’s Kim Tisor explains, a new scandal within McAuliffe’s campaign is raising questions about the fake Catholic’s sincerity.

WATCH: Dr. McCullough ‘Doctors Are In A Trance’

Dr. Peter McCullough is an internist, cardiologist and epidemiologist who warns that COVID-19 vaccines not only are failing but are putting lives at risk.. “This is absolutely astonishing that this is happening over a fair exchange of ideas”… To sum it up in a sentence, “(The vaccine) not working and it’s causing tremendous damage.

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: A Little Catechism on Politics and So-Called Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – 1) What does the Church teach on the morality of abortion? The Second Vatican Council reinforces the gravity of the sin: “…from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes. “ (GS 51)

Christ’s Power Shines Even in ‘Creepiest’ Exorcism Case, Says Psychiatrist

By Patti Maguire Armstrong, EWTN News – Eternity is a long time to be lost to the netherworld, so those in the exorcism ministry fight for souls with everything they’ve got. And they’ve got a lot. It is the power of Jesus Christ who does battle for them, but Jesus is in the business of saving souls, not taking hostages.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Whole Law, Standing on One Foot – A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – Hillel the Elder, sometimes referred to as Rabbi Hillel, was a Jewish religious leader who lived shortly before Jesus’ time. There is a famous story told of him in which he was challenged by a potential convert to teach him the entire Torah while “standing on one foot.” In other words, can you distill the essence and present it succinctly?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Facing the Atheism All Around Us

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine – …atheistic relativism has eaten away the ability to have any kind of real discussion at all. If there is no such thing as truth, the argument simply slips and slides away. As I’ve often said, “Arguing with a relativist is like wrestling with an octopus in oil in the dark.”… Because of relativism, the discussion will ultimately be driven by the other “isms” …

LifeSiteNews: Viganò to World’s Bishops: Question the Moral and Mental Suitability of Bergoglio as Pope

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop, October 31, 2021 – Even if what Biden said corresponds perfectly to the intemperate quips of Jorge Mario Bergoglio – who called a notorious radical abortion activist a “great Italian” – it is evident that such statements represent an unheard of scandal, since they fail to condemn the positions of a political personality who supports abortion, disavow the immutable position of the Magisterium of the Church,

Fauci’s Fiery Furnace: A Biblical Morals Tale, by Kristi Stone Hamrick

By Kristi Stone Hamrick, The Stream – The King ordered that any who would not bow the knee when they heard his theme song would be thrown in the fiery furnace. Three men took him at his word, refusing the arbitrary and offensive order, as they explained that their faith… would not allow it… Faced with loss of position and even loss of life, the three men respectfully said “No” to the mandate, as recorded in Daniel 3, “(W)e do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.”

Holy See’s Uncritical Support for COP26 Causes Concern, by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – As the Holy See gives unreserved public backing to a major United Nations conference on climate change, concerns are growing that it is lending its weight to “climate alarmism” that is being used to usher in policies and ideologies antithetical to Church teaching… Otherwise known as COP26, the intergovernmental summit taking place in the Scottish city of Glasgow Oct. 31-Nov. 12 is being billed as the most pivotal series of climate talks since 2015, when nations signed the so-called Paris Agreement…

Court Blocks Hospital System From Forcing Christian Doctors, Nurses to Get COVID Vaccine, by Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel – Today, at the conclusion of an emergency hearing, a federal District Court of Illinois issued a temporary restraining order against North Shore University Health System on behalf of 14 health care workers who have been unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate. The court said the plaintiffs are likely to prevail on Title VII and the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Every One Who Exalts Himself Will Be Humbled

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:1, 7-11 – One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them ….

Enemies, Foreign and Domestic, by Max Morton

By Max Morton, American Greatness – A covert operation is an operation planned and executed in a manner that conceals the identity of, or permits plausible denial by, its sponsor. Correspondingly, a covert influence operation is an information operation planned and executed in a manner that conceals the identity of the sponsor and provides an element of plausible deniability. Covert influence operations require plausible deniability because the sponsors could lose credibility if their sponsorship were known.

Saint of the Day for October 30: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

Franciscan Media – Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer… Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter, and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. …

Archbishop José H. Gomez: Strengthen What Remains

By Archbishop José H. Gomez, New World of Faith – There is a spiritual awakening going on in America, underneath all the controversy of our politics, the continued clouds of the pandemic, all the uncertainty about where our country is heading… People are taking stock, examining what they truly believe and what they value most deeply in their lives. I am reminded of the line from the Bible’s last book: “Awake, and strengthen what remains.” This is happening.

“The Memory of Our Dead”, by Taynia-Renee Laframboise

By Taynia-Renee Laframboise, The Catholic Thing – Years ago, I was board-certified in genealogy… And I aimed to instill in those researching their lineage that you never want just a list of names. You want to know the individuals themselves… Most people wanted to find a famous name in their lineage. If you failed to locate one, they were disappointed and complained they had a list of “nobodies.”… There is no such thing as “nobody.”

VATICAN PRO-ABORTS: Francis Owned by New World Order, (WATCH) RemnantTV

By RemnantTV – In this first episode of the new show, The Remnant Underground, Michael Matt discusses the ramifications of Pope Francis promoting population control guru, Jeffrey Sachs, as a permanent member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences… Aside from being militantly pro-contraception, Sachs is also co-author of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which promote abortion worldwide.

Fr. Joseph M. Esper: The Saints on Healing Through Grief

By Fr. Joseph M. Esper, Catholic Exchange – If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one and you know that no one can take that person’s place, there are few words that can truly console you. Nevertheless, through God’s grace, the support of those who love you, and the passage of time, you will get through this period of sorrow. In the meantime, it may be of some consolation to know that many of the saints grieved like you.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Seven Teachings on Hell From St. Thomas Aquinas

By Msgr.  Charles Pope –

SHOCKING! Audio Tapes Prove Hospitals are Actively Mistreating Sick COVID Patients (LifeSiteNews)

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews – Shocking audio tapes prove hospitals are actively mistreating sick COVID patients… ENHANCED AUDIO. Hear the explosive audio recordings of doctors and hospital administrators denying COVID patients visitors, doctor-prescribed ivermectin, and even nutrition and hydration.

CNA: Archbishop Aquila: Christ’s Challenging Truthfulness Needed Regarding Reception of Communion

CNA Staff – As the US bishops prepare to discuss a draft statement on the Eucharist, the Archbishop of Denver has recalled Christ’s direct, challenging approach to the sinners to whom he was close… “His direct truthfulness was challenging, and to some it was so threatening that they plotted against Jesus and eventually killed him. ..

What It Means if Glenn Youngkin Wins, by Rich Lowry

By Rich Lowry, Patriot Post – A Youngkin victory… wouldn’t just send tremors of fear through Democrats nationally, it would point to a viable path ahead for the GOP in swing areas… To be sure, no race is completely replicable, and candidate quality matters. Youngkin is hardly a once-in-a-generation political talent, but he’s proved an adept and winsome campaigner.

EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Schneider Warns of ‘Growing’ Communist Culture in West

By Kennedy Hall, LifeSiteNews – Hale asked the bishop if – given the rise of government restrictions, ostensibly due to COVID – he saw any parallels between what is happening in our part of the world today and what life was like under the Soviet Union… Schneider said that he did believe there were parallels, even if things did not appear the same on the surface… “The Soviet Union and other communist countries sought to reduce all … human existence to materialism, to the material aspects of the Earth,” Schneider explained.

Joe Biden Is Showing Up Empty-Handed To The Glasgow Climate Summit. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing, by Tristan Justice

By Tristan Justice, The Federalist – Biden will arrive with nothing to show by way of enhanced U.S. commitment after congressional Democrats failed to pass major legislation this month. Even if the president promises to reduce emissions through executive order, the signal is clear Biden possesses no legislative mandate, and orders could be rolled back in three years as they were under President Donald Trump.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: The Witness of the Mafia Martyrs

By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, First Things – The Archdiocese of Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, has put a three-year ban on godparents at baptism and sponsors at confirmation. Other Sicilian dioceses are planning similar steps. “In the Land of the Godfather Comes a Ban on Them” was the apt headline in The New York Times. The archdiocese has instituted the ban because of the entanglement of godfathers with mafia patronage in Sicily.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Were Watching Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:1-6 – One Sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” …

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke: Catholic Politicians and Non-Admittance to Holy Communion

By Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke – For the past several months, the intention of the Church in the United States of America has been very much in my prayers. At their coming November meeting, the Bishops of the United States will be considering the application of Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law: “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”[1]

Saint of the Day for October 29: St. Narcissus of Jerusalem

Franciscan Media – Life in second- and third-century Jerusalem couldn’t have been easy, but Saint Narcissus managed to live well beyond 100. Some even speculate he lived to 160… Details of his life are sketchy, but there are many reports of his miracles. The miracle for which Narcissus is most remembered was turning water into oil for use in the church lamps on Holy Saturday when the deacons had forgotten to provide any.

St. Faustina’s Visions of the Souls in Purgatory, by Maura Roan McKeegan

By Maura Roan McKeegan, Catholic Exchange – On the evening of All Souls Day, Nov. 2, 1936, St. Faustina went to the cemetery. After praying there for a while, she went to the chapel and prayed to “gain the indulgences,” as she writes in her Diary (748)… The indulgences for which she prayed are a special gift the Church offers every year in the beginning of November, when the faithful can gain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory.

Social Media Constrict the Public Square, by Phil Lawler

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture – In a healthy democracy, the public square is a lively place, with a wide range of discussion. Everyone has an opportunity to speak about the issues that are important to him; new ideas are welcome. In theory the internet, by making it possible for anyone to find a worldwide audience for his thoughts, should have expanded the dimensions of the public square. But in practice, because the most powerful instruments of online communication have fallen under monopolistic control …

If Roe v. Wade is Overturned, Unborn Babies Would be Protected Across Much of America, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Unborn babies in more than half the country could be spared from abortion depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming abortion case… If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, a new interactive map by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, estimates that 26 states likely will ban abortions.

When the FBI Protects Moral Monsters, by Austin Ruse

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine – The members of the Fairfax County and Loudoun County School Boards here in Northern Virginia are little more than pipsqueaks and perverts… They are power-hungry, low-level bureaucratic hacks who don’t give two hoots for the children under their care except to inculcate these children into the mores of the radical Left, especially the sexual Left. They mandate all manner of sexual sickness and madness upon even the littlest ones. Their work is akin to grooming.

Church Militant: Archbishop Complicit With Gay Network

By Church Militant – An independent Connecticut Superior Court judge’s 2019 report of clergy sexual abuse within the diocese of Bridgeport revealed clergy abused some 281 victims over a period of many years, including when Lori was bishop there. Some of the young seminarians in the 2012 investigation reported they too were groomed, manipulated and abused by priests… In all, there have been some 71 members of the clergy from the diocese of Bridgeport who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse …

Rev. Michael P. Orsi: WATCH! Open Your Eyes, America

By Rev. Michael P. Orsi, CNSNews – Miracle stories in the Gospels always have symbolic significance beyond the details recorded about a particular event… For instance, the story of Jesus healing Bartimaeus, the blind man, is about more than just correcting one person’s disability, impressive as that might be. It’s about bringing light (spiritual insight) to a world walking in darkness… This is an important point to keep in mind when reading the Bible in our own time. …

BREAKING! Standard COVID Treatments Like Remdesivir ‘Are Set Up to Kill,’ Medical Expert Warns, by David McLoone

By David McLoone, LifeSiteNews – An expert in medicine has warned that hospitals using remdesivir and ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients are doing more harm than good, explaining that “[t]hese protocols are set up to kill.”… Dr. Bryan Ardis explained in detail the dangers associated with remdesivir, a drug that has been widely prescribed to patients with COVID-19. In combination with mechanical ventilation, Ardis said remdesivir is responsible for expediting the deaths of “a lot of Americans [who are admitted to hospital] innocently looking for treatment.”

BREAKING: Vatican Abruptly Cancels Live Broadcast of Biden Meeting with Pope Without Explanation, by Kyle Becker

By Kyle Becker, Becker News – President Biden had dropped everything, including dealing with multiple crises at home, to jet abroad to Europe for summits in Rome, Italy and Glasgow, Scotland, where presumably would be more popular than he currently is at home… But a strange thing happened on Thursday when the Pope suddenly canceled a live broadcast with the U.S. president without providing an explanation.

The Ignoble Lie, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – In a controversial passage in Plato’s Republic, Socrates introduced the idea of the “noble lie” (“gennaios pseudos”)… A majestic fiction, he says, could sometimes serve society by persuading uninformed citizens of something good for them… Ever since, many prevaricators have used the excuse that they lied for the common good.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1813)

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:31-35 – At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, `Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.

Saint of the Day for October 28: St. Simon and Jude

Franciscan Media – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except of course where all the apostles are mentioned. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude. Actually, Jude had the same name as Judas Iscariot. Evidently because of the disgrace of that name, it was shortened to “Jude” in English.

George Cardinal Pell: The Heart of the Good Life

By George Cardinal Pell, First Things – Turner’s principal thesis is that “the forces that are changing and eroding citizenship and democracy are the same forces that are changing and undermining religion.” This is true in the Anglosphere, and Christians should respond by resisting polarization, practicing courtesy in debate, and recognizing that Christian communities are an important foundation for democracy.

Does Biden Agree With Pope That Abortion is Murder? Psaki: ‘The President Believes in a Woman’s Right to Choose’, by Melanie Arter

By Melanie Arter, CNSNews – …the reporter shouted his question, asking, “The pope has said abortion is murder, and it’s like hiring a hitman. Does the president agree or disagree with that?”… “You know that the president believes in a woman’s right to choose. You’re very familiar with this issue. We’ve spoken about it many times,” Psaki said.

EXCLUSIVE: Biden FBI Joins Pelosi In Blocking GOP From Investigating January 6, by Mollie Hemingway, Tristan Justice

By Mollie Hemingway and Tristan Justice, The Federalist – The leading Republican tasked with his party’s investigation into the preparedness and response of the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies to the Capitol riot on January 6 is being blocked by President Joseph Biden’s FBI from gathering information, a new document reveals.

Judas Received Communion – Should Biden? by David G Bonagura, Jr.

By David G Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing – It’s time to cease creating dubious excuses in defense of President Biden and his Catholic practice. The smiles and photo-ops that will occur in Rome when Biden meets Pope Francis cannot hide the truth: the president has betrayed the Lord in using his office to enable the destruction and death of innocent children in the womb. And it’s clear that even his defenders know it by the form their excuses take.

Does the Pope’s Support for Healthcare Workers Who Refuse to Assist in Abortion Apply to Those Who Object to COVID-19 Vaccines? by Edward Pentin

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News – In a recent address to Italian pharmacists, Francis firmly upheld the right to conscientious objection for health professionals in the context of abortion, arguing that such a right “should never be negotiated” and acts as a “denunciation of the injustices done to the detriment of innocent and defenseless life.”.. Abortion is “homicide and it is not licit to become an accomplice” …

The Hill You Die On, by Sheryl Collmer

By Sheryl Collmer, Crisis Magazine – Doctors who want to actually treat their patients are publicly shamed, and in some cases, threatened with license revocation. Drugs shown to work effectively in huge populations in other parts of the world are being restricted in the United States and portrayed as dangerous and mock-worthy. Now governments are targeting children, who, at least prior to the shot, never ran any sort of risk from the disease and are at risk for post-vaccine adverse events… That’s why people are willing to die on this hill.

Culling the Poor, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – Vatican to end poverty by ending the poor?.. There are massive, well-funded organizations that claim they want to help solve the problem of poverty; however, they would do so by eliminating the poor through contraception and abortion… The Vatican’s latest appointment to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Jeffrey Sachs, is an economist whose plan to fix poverty is to kill the poor.

The Brown Pelican Society Co-Sponsors Dr. Peter McCullough, Nov. 3rd, Tyler, Texas

The Brown Pelican Society Co-Sponsors Dr. Peter McCullough, Nov. 3rd, Tyler, Texas – AN EVENING OF TRUTH COVID-19 TREATMENTS with Dr. Peter A. McCullough on Nov. 3rd. (Please see attached flyer; feel free to share)…. The Brown Pelican Society, of which I am publisher, along with Texas Right to Life, Children of God for Life and The Common Good Foundation are sponsoring this presentation.

Will Pope Francis Tell Biden to Protect Unborn Babies? by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – A Catholic American president will travel to Rome this Friday to meet with Pope Francis.
There is a very profound and obvious issue they could discuss: Is it OK for a politician of any religious faith, or even none at all, to violate the natural law and support the deliberate killing of unborn babies?

Helping the Poor, Intelligently, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – We must realize that there has never been a secular State that could get out of its own way. We must distinguish this whole issue from politics, lest we begin to think political partisanship is the measure of our responsibility, and political programs the proof of our love. If that is so, all who enter here must abandon hope. But no, God’s life in us is far more fundamental and far more powerful than that.

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen: Marriage Mirrors God’s Love for Human Nature

By Fulton J. Sheen, Catholic Exchange – Then there comes from them the answer that the Church demands from every loving pair at her altar: “We will give the bond of our eternal salvation. We will seal it with our belief that the promise we make to one another is a promise made to God Himself, and if we are disloyal one to another, we shall forfeit the most precious thing in all the world — namely, our immortal souls.”

Twitter Imposes Erratic Penalties on Lawmakers, Journalists Calling Transgender Official Male, by Greg Piper

By Greg Piper, Just the News – Twitter is applying its policies inconsistently to recent tweets by a range of conservative lawmakers, media sites and activists referring to transgender Asst. Sec. of Health Rachel Levine by sex instead of gender identity… “Calling someone that was born and lived as a man for 54 years the first ‘female’ four-star officer is an insult to every little girl who dreams of breaking glass ceilings one day,” Banks wrote.

The Pursuit of Happiness, by Michael Pakaluk

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing – I like to tell my students that Pope Leo XIII was more American than Thomas Jefferson.  When Jefferson had his chance to state the foundational principles of American self-government, he wrote: “all men are created equal, [and] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, [and] among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” —James Madison (1788)

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Do Not Risk Being Shut Out

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:22-30 – He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And some one said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door …

Saint of the Day for October 27: Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza

Franciscan Media – Dominicans honor one of their own today, Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza. This was a man who used his skills as a preacher to challenge the heresies of his day… Bartholomew was born in Vicenza around 1200. At 20, he entered the Dominicans. Following his ordination, he served in various leadership positions. As a young priest, he founded a military order whose purpose was to keep civil peace in towns throughout Italy.

Cultivating Everyday Beauty, by Ann Burns

By Ann Burns, Catholic East Texas – …when life is so noisy and full of bad news, how do we find this kind of joy?.. Ephesians 4:22-24 sheds insight on how to do this: “Put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.”

What is Truth? by Michael Brown

By Michael Brown, The Stream – It was Pontius Pilate who famously replied to the words of Jesus, asking, “What is truth?” When Pilate, who had the power to rescind his death sentence, asked Jesus if He was a king, the Lord answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Wanting to deflect rather than deal with these spiritual realities, Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)

Brain Death: What Catholics Need to Know, by Joseph M. Eble

By Joseph M. Eble, MD, EWTN News – The validity of brain death criteria is disputed among those who uphold the belief in the inherent dignity of every human being. Some, including myself, are convinced that brain death does not represent the death of the human person… Others think that if there is total, irreversible loss of all brain function, the human person is dead. I propose that, regardless of which position an individual holds, all of us should oppose the use of brain death criteria in clinical practice.

Fauci Can Do No Wrong! Except to Puppies, by Kennedy Hall

By Kennedy Hall, Crisis Magazine – It does not matter how many times Dr. Fauci and other top officials have been caught with their proverbial pants down… No, in the eyes of many, when Fauci speaks it may as well be the voluntarist diving fiat of a pagan god; Emperor Faucitine could declare the sky green and the sun to rise in the evening, and the gaslit populous would call you crazy for questioning the science. Fauci and his ilk are untouchable …

12 States Sue Joe Biden for Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – State leaders are fighting back against President Joe Biden’s new rule forcing taxpayers to fund the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood… On Monday, 12 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit challenging Biden’s rule for the Title X family planning program, saying taxpayer-funded family planning clinics should be physically and financially independent of abortion facilities, the Washington Times reports.

Abp. Viganò Warns US Bishops About COVID Jab: The Great Reset Wants ‘Billions of Chronically Ill People’

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – I address you, Archbishop Gómez, as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and to you, Cardinals Ladaria and Müller, for your competence, some serious considerations related to the so-called vaccines against Covid-19… I believe there are some aspects of the question that now allow for a more complete evaluation of what these drugs are and what effects they cause …

LifeSiteNews: ‘Stop the Shot: Caught on Tape’ Conference Will Expose Doctors, Hospitals That Deny Care to COVID Patients

By LifeSiteNews Staff – “Caught on Tape” will be an explosive press conference event presenting shocking recordings of hospital executives discussing coordinated plans to restrict fluids and nutrition for hospitalized COVID patients, suppression of all visits for COVID patients while in hospital, denial of vital medicines, and more. Convicted felons in America are given more rights than COVID patients in America’s hospitals.

Fr. David Poecking: Pro-Life Together

By Fr. David Poecking, The Human Life Review – At its core, the pro-life movement is about extending the protection of the law to unborn children. But prolifers should still care about winning over the hearts and minds of those who don’t share this commitment, not least because broad sympathy for the pro-life cause will help us advance and sustain pro-life laws.

Coerced Abortion in America, by Mary Szoch

By Mary Szoch, CNSNews – (Last week) two Washington, D.C. police officers… revealed that early on in their careers, they had been told to have an abortion or they would lose their jobs. Fearing for their careers, both women aborted their unborn babies… They expressed the pain caused by the police department’s past actions. (one) lamented, “It’s so unfair….And now I’ve never been able to have a kid. All these years, I’ve tried, and I’ve never been able to have a baby….I did this for a job….”

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” —John Adams (1787)

America’s Great Divorce, by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – People of goodwill can see evil everywhere. It’s present in corrupt politics, media and in the Church. But evil can also be seen within families and in neighborhoods. All levels of society are saturated with evil, yet few people understand what evil actually is… The Church gives clarity as to the nature of evil. Saint Thomas Aquinas explains that evil is not a thing that, properly speaking, exists. Instead, the saintly doctor notes that evil is a lack of some good that ought to exist. …

WATCH! Dr. Peter McCullough Presents Bold Challenge to Those Who Crush Our Rights

By Dr. Peter McCullough, America Out Loud – In this final keynote lecture of the Annual Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Peter McCullough, AAPS member and one of many leaders in the early treatment movement for COVID-19 in America, gave an evidence-based review on the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety, and efficacy of the vaccinations.

SCOTUS Fast-Tracks Texas Fetal Heartbeat Case, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas Gallatin, Patriot Post – At the end of last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to speed up addressing a challenge to Texas’s recently passed SB 8, a law that is designed to severely limit abortions in the Lone Star State… This was despite strenuous objections from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who lamented the Court’s decision was “enacted in open disregard of the constitutional rights of women seeking abortion care in Texas.”

Rev. Graham Praises In-N-Out Burger For Fighting COVID Vaccine Rule in ‘Socialist’ San Francisco, by Michael W. Chapman

By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews – Rev. Franklin Graham praised the Christian-owned In-N-Out Burger chain for fighting back against San Francisco’s mandate that indoor diners show proof of COVID vaccination… “Democratic-run, socialist states” try to choke businesses into compliance with their tyrannical mandates, but this time “it didn’t work,” he said… “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” said In-N-Out in a statement.

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You

By Msgr. Charles Pope – If we could travel back in time to 30 A.D. and meet the Lord Jesus as He carried forth His public ministry, we might be quite surprised by what we saw. I say this because many of us are heirs to a rather filtered description of Him that is both Western and modern.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What God’s Kingdom Is Like

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:18-21 – He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” …

CRT vs. the Privilege of Being An American, by Art Kleinschmidt

By Art Kleinschmidt, American Greatness – It is from this paradigm (being a licensed mental health professional) that I view critical race theory (CRT), and it leaves several unanswered questions. For instance, why is race deemed “critical“ if it is the one aspect of a person he or she cannot control?… Moreover, CRT has been around since the 1980s. What happened to make it experience such a resounding comeback in 2019?

Saint of the Day for October 26: St. Peter of Alcantara

By Franciscan Media – Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, including Ignatius of Loyola and John of the Cross. He served as confessor to Saint Teresa of Avila. Church reform was a major issue in Peter’s day, and he directed most of his energies toward that end. His death came one year before the Council of Trent ended.

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Let the Light of Christ Liberate and Guide Us

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV. Catholic Exchange – In our fallen nature, we cannot grasp with due clarity the Natural Law written in our hearts because our intellects are blinded by ignorance. It is important for us to be in the light and to be guided by this light if we are going to make choices that leave us grateful, fulfilled, and hopeful.

New Immigration Numbers Prove Biden Border Crisis Is Worst In History, by Tristan Justice

By Tristan Justice, The Federalist – U.S. Customs and Border Protection show the severity of the Biden border crisis reaching a new milestone with more than 1.73 million arrests made in the 2021 fiscal year, the highest ever recorded. More than 1.1 million were single adults… “I’ve been there before,” Pres. Biden said of the southwest .. “I guess I should go down.”… Biden however, hasn’t been to the border in more than a decade.

Removing the Judases From the Church, by Matt Kappadakunnel

By Matt Kappadakunnel, Crisis Magazine – For those who have not, by the grace of God, experienced clergy abuse or misconduct, it is difficult to appreciate that the simple adage “If you see something, say something” is not so simple… Firstly, reporting the incident is a confusing process. There is no concise, clear-cut way, even after spending hours searching online. Based on my experience, I have created an outline so that others might not have to fumble around as I did.

CNA: Pope Francis Names Jeffrey Sachs to Pontifical Academy

CNA Staff – Sachs, who has served as an adviser to three United Nations secretaries-general, has advocated for a reduction in fertility rates in developing countries through the dissemination of contraception, a view at odds with Catholic teaching… “Success at reducing high fertility rates depends on keeping girls in school, ensuring that children survive, and providing access to modern family planning and contraceptives,” he wrote in 2011.

Vigano: Church vs. Anti-Church (2019)

By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant – Speaking in 1946 on the crisis in store for the Catholic Church, then-Bp. Fulton J. Sheen predicted the devil would attempt to counterfeit the Church: He will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counter church which will be the ape of the Church because he the devil is the ape of God. It will be the mystical body of the anti-christ that will in all externals resemble the Church as the mystical body of Christ.

Msgr. Charles Pope: A Man Who Saw by Hearing – A Meditation on the Gospel of the 30th Sunday of the Year

By Msgr. Charles Pope – In today’s gospel there is a very familiar story of the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus. As with any familiar story, the danger is that we, upon hearing its opening lines say, “Oh that story,” and we just sort of tune out. But there are many things in the details of the story that we can easily miss. Ultimately the story of Bartimaeus is also our story, for we too must let the Lord heal our blindness and give us sight. One paradox of this gospel that we shall note, is that the man receives his sight as the result of hearing.

This Doctor Opposes COVID Vaccine Mandates, Now His State Won’t Let Him Practice Medicine, by Rob Bluey

By Rob Bluey, LifeNews – Dr. Stephen Skoly is a well-known oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Rhode Island. He has been called to testify before lawmakers and serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity… But recently, Skoly made news for another reason: He opposes his state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Because of his principled stand, he no longer is allowed to see patients or practice medicine.

Our Savior ‘Brought Life to Light,’ and Gave Life and Light to Bartimaeus, by John Grondelski

By John Grondelski, EWTN News – By this point in the Church year, given that we have been reading Mark since last December, the characteristics of a “Markan” miracle should be apparent: Jesus heals because he touches the whole man, body and soul …

Criticizing Soros Is Not Anti-Semitic, by Rabbi Aryeh Spero

By Rabbi Aryeh Spero, CNSNews – The charge by Terry McAuliffe’s supporters that his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, is anti-Semitic because he criticized George Soros is preposterous… No person is beyond criticism simply because he is a member of a minority community. Mr. Soros actively and openly engages in politics and in influencing state and local governments and is, therefore, a legitimate object of criticism ….

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditations: Freedom from Bondage for Eighteen Years

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:10-17 – Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.”

The Abrahamic Family House: A Recipe for Diluting the Faith, by William Kilpatrick

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine – The main push for harmonizing the three Abrahamic faiths comes from Pope Francis. He has long advocated for various religions to unite under common beliefs and values. The hitch is that the common beliefs and values described in the Document on Human Fraternity are mostly humanistic values—tolerance, acceptance, fraternity, mutual understanding, and so forth. God is mentioned frequently, but He is a generic God.

Saint of the Day for October 25: St. Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão (1739 – Dec. 23, 1822)

By Franciscan Media – Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão’s Story – God’s plan in a person’s life often takes unexpected turns which become life-giving through cooperation with God’s grace… Born in Guarantingueta near São Paulo, Antônio attended the Jesuit seminary in Belem, but later decided to become a Franciscan friar. Invested in 1760, he made final profession the following year and was ordained in 1762.

Holding Back the Bread and Circuses: Regaining the Community Life, by Jim Tonkowich

By Jim Tonkowich, The Stream – It seems to me that if Christians do not step up to the challenge, no one else will. Our relational bonds are far deeper than secret handshakes, odd hats and mysterious rites. We belong to each other because we belong to Jesus. We are His Body and that association means everything, not only in the here and now, but for eternity.

Ground Zero of Woke, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – The racialized civil strife of 2020-21, and indeed the entire woke and cancel-culture revolutions originated ultimately from campus fixtures who never suffer the real-life consequences of their abstractions. And meanwhile, China, the greatest threat that the United States has faced in 30 years, smiles at our universities’ importation of most of the bankrupt and suicidal ideas abroad, from Frankfurt School nihilism and Foucauldian postmodern relativism to Soviet sclerosis and Maoist cultural revolutionary suicide.

Why Legal Abortion is Bad Precedent: Roe v. Wade Critics Make the Case to Supreme Court, by Kevin J. Jones

By Kevin J. Jones, CNA – As the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn its precedents mandating legal abortion nationwide, critics of legal abortion have argued that precedent by itself is no reason to preserve flawed decisions — especially rulings that treat taking a human life as a constitutional right… “The Supreme Court has, in fact, overruled many of its own erroneous precedents, such as Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson, upholding slavery and segregation laws.”…

‘Like Watching a Horror Thriller’: Moving Tentacled Object, Metallic Fragments Found in COVID Jabs, by Emily Mangiaracina

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews – Dr. Carrie Madej took a look at the Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J shot contents under a microscope, and cried after she confirmed with a second batch what she had seen in the first… An internist who looked at several COVID jabs under a microscope is sounding the alarm after her discovery of strange, unidentified objects in the shots, including metallic fragments, “graphene-like” structures in each jab, and a tentacled, moving organism-like creature in the Moderna jab.

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments for Texas Heartbeat Act on Nov. 1, by Calvin Freiburger

By Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews – The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed Friday that it will hear oral arguments over a Texas law banning abortion once a heartbeat is detectable and will not block enforcement of the pro-life law while the case is pending… The Texas Heartbeat Act requires abortionists to screen for a preborn baby’s heartbeat and prohibits abortion if a heartbeat can be heard (generally as early as six weeks), with exceptions only for medical emergencies.

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Unless You Repent – You Will Perish

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:1-9 – There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus? I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. ..

Saint of the Day for October 23: St. John of Capistrano

By Franciscan Media – It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events.

Why Purgatory? by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw, Catholic Exchange – While the calendar of the Church contains no feast of Purgatory as such, we have its equivalent instead. It falls on November 2, just after the feast of All Saints, and is called All Souls Day. This is when the Church encourages us to pray, especially for our departed ones—spouses, children, family members, friends, and many others—who we believe and hope are most likely now in Purgatory.

Our Times are Marked by Lies, by Jennifer Hartline

By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream – Our times are marked by lies. Forget the flights into space, the self-driving cars, the robots, the computers in our hands, the crypto currency and the blockchain. Forget every other stunning achievement we may be witnessing. If mankind survives another century, this era will be most remembered for the staggering audacity and lunacy of our lies.

Seeing the Church and World as They Are, Short of Heaven, by Dr. Jeff Mirus

By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture – Sometimes we catch an unconfused glimpse of reality here on earth, though I admit this is rare… For example, a friend called my attention to The Daily Wire’s report on Vladimir Putin’s warnings about how “wokeness” is destroying the West. Certainly Putin, who is the President of Russia, has no love for the West and every psychological reason to be critical. But what is so fascinating is that he compares Western “wokeness” to Communist ideology.

The Merciful Act of Excommunication, by Regis Nicoll

By Regis Nicoll, Crisis Magazine – Most egregious are Catholic and other Christian public officials who, in open defiance of plain and unambiguous Church teaching, not only support abortion but vow to use the full force of their office to undermine and remove any protections to the unborn. If the unapologetic promoters and enablers of the wholesale taking of innocent human life are not excommunicable, no one is.

Satan Loves “Safety”, by Joseph R. Wood

By Joseph R. Wood, The Catholic Thing – So, the Catechism continues, “If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value.” There are higher goods to be interested in as well, or even more interested in, as Christ taught. And a quick look at the Catechism’s index under the entry for “Life” shows that the overwhelming interest of the Magisterium is in “life” as life in God and eternal life, with our physical life as good and sacred both in itself and because it enables the possibility of that ultimate life.

Americans Have Lost Faith in Truth, by Thomas Gallatin

By Thomas, Patriot Post – A recent survey from George Barna found that the majority of American adults (54%) now believe that truth is subjective and that there are no moral absolutes… “We’re just at a place in our country’s history now where that’s the default view,” Barna stated. “Most people would say all truth is subjective and there’s no kind of objective truth based on an external standard. They would say they’re the standard that determines what truth is.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Heed the Warning Signs before It Is Too Late

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:54-59 – He also said to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? …

Saint of the Day for October 22: Saint John Paul II

By Franciscan Media – “Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass where he was installed as pope in 1978… Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father, and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an “underground” seminary in Kraków. …

CNS: WATCH! Nancy Pelosi Invokes the Gospel: “Christ Said, ‘Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me.’”

By CNSNews.com Staff – Pelosi participated in a press event on the “Build Back Better Act” in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, where she quoted from the Gospel of Matthew… “Not this past Sunday, but the Sunday before this one, the Gospel was about the children in the Catholic Church,” said Pelosi… “It was about the children,” she said. “And it talked about the Pharisees–hypocrites that they were…

Rep. Jim Jordan Tells AG Garland, ‘Americans Are Afraid’ of Biden’s Tyrannical Government, by Debra Heine

By Debra Heine, American Greatness – During a House hearing on Thursday, Rep Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that under the Biden regime’s rule, Americans for the first time fear their government… Jordan pointed out that (Attorney General Merrick Garland’s) memo instructing the FBI to get involved in local school board matters was profoundly inappropriate.

A Warning to the Carmelites of Fairfield, by Hilary White

By Hilary White, OnePeterFive – This coming weekend, we ask that you pray in a special way for our Nuns. More than ever before, they are in need of your love and your support… In August, they received the news they would be subject to an Apostolic Visitation and the dates have been scheduled for Sep. 25-28, 2021. A Visitation consists of interviews of each sister and a detailed scrutiny of the Nuns’ daily life. It includes an evaluation of their application of the Carmelite charism and their monastic customs.

Resistance Works: Southwest Airlines Backs Down, Won’t Put Unvaccinated Staff on Unpaid Leave, by Doug, Mainwaring

By Doug, Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews – ‘Telling pilots to comply or face termination has backfired.’… Southwest Airlines reversed its controversial decision to put unvaccinated employees – whose requests for medical or religious exemptions remain undecided – on unpaid leave… Southwest’s quick about-face demonstrates that resisting unconstitutional COVID-19 vaccine mandates works.

John Paul II, Apostle of Mercy, by Joannie Watson 

By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic Life – John Paul II He points out, “How do you balance his infinite mercy …. With his infinite demands? … It’s so difficult.. that we often make a choice. We turn it into a zero-sum game. In other words, the more you emphasize God’s mercy, the less you emphasize his demands. Or the more you emphasize God’s moral demands, the less you emphasize his mercy.”

President Trump Announces New Social Media Platform “Truth Social” That’s Free From Censorship, by Ailan Evans

By Ailan Evans, LifeNews – “TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all,” Trump said. “I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech.”… The new venture was created through a TMTG merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. Trump said he plans on offering a video-on-demand service with entertainment and news programming to be a “rival to the liberal news consortium.”

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Electronic Jesus

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture – Jesus teaches, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (Jn. 8:32) Truth and freedom are inseparable. Jesus embodies the truth: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” (Jn. 14:6). Our encounter with Jesus through our faith not only defines who we are as members of His Mystical Body but also directs our lives in hope and love.

CNA: Catholic Leader Says His Archdiocese Won’t Take Part in Global Synodal Process, Citing ‘Ideological’ Risk

By CNA Staff – Archbishop Wolfgang Haas of Vaduz, Liechtenstein has said that his archdiocese won’t take part in the two-year global synodal process, saying that it would run “the risk of becoming ideological.”… “I am of the opinion that in our small archdiocese it is possible for good reasons to refrain from carrying out such a complex and sometimes even complicated procedure, which in our parts runs the risk of becoming ideological,”

When Did Sexual Assault In Schools Become A Partisan Issue? by Elle Reynolds

By Elle Reynolds, First Things – “A boy was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio, related to an incident that day at that school,” according to Smith’s attorney… But instead of receiving national outrage… the alleged incident was reportedly covered up by the Loudoun County School Board.. board members insisted they didn’t know of any such assaults. After showing up to a school board meeting in protest, Smith was arrested and smeared as a “domestic terrorist.”

Arch. Charles J. Chaput: A Little Wisdom From Bernard

By Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., First Things – Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century saint and Doctor of the Church who renewed the Western monastic tradition, once warned that “The most grievous danger for any pope lies in the fact that, encompassed as he is by flatterers, he never hears the truth about his own person and ends by not wishing to hear it.”

Our Purgatory Is Their Nirvana, by Victor Davis Hanson

By Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness – Never in recent American history has any administration birthed such disasters in its first nine months… Yet most Americans are arguing not over the sheer chaos and disasters of the Biden Administration, but rather how could such sheer pre-civilizational calamity occur in modern America?.. Were these disasters a result of historic incompetency? Or mean-spirited nihilism? Or a deliberate effort to create the necessary turbulence to birth a new American revolution? Or a bit of all three?

Founder’s Quote

Patriot Post – “A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” —Thomas Paine (1792)

The Catholic University of America at a Crossroads, by Anne Hendershott

By Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine – Faithful Catholics were encouraged during President Garvey’s first year on campus when he announced that in an effort to address the problems of binge drinking and the hook-up culture that had emerged in the co-ed dormitories, he was reintroducing single-sex dorms. He later established a policy banning pornography from the school’s Wi-Fi. In a most ins

Courage in the Face of Our Birth Rate Decline, by Emmy Griffin

By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post – The low fertility rate is a web of our own weaving, but we can reverse it with self-sacrifice… The fertility rate in America is not good. Our country’s population rate hasn’t been this low since the 1930s. With a birth rate of just 1.6, it’s not going to keep up with the death rate, which is a foreboding sign for an already slow economy that depends on young people to drive it.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Came to Cast Fire upon the Earth

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:49-53 – “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; …

Saint of the Day for October 21: Saint Hilarion

By Franciscan Media – By Franciscan Media – Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace. He had reached such fame by the time of his death that his body had to be secretly removed so that a shrine would not be built in his honor. Instead, he was buried in his home village.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth: The Role of Mary & the Saints Against Demonic Attacks

By Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Catholic Exchange – Mary’s prophecy at Fátima reassures us that—besides the corporeal struggle with the demon in exorcism—the earthly anticipation of the eschatological struggle between the Mother of God and the an­cient dragon (cf. Rev. 12) also has her attention. Despite ram­pant sin, the tribulations of the Church will have an end. And the finale will be good: God will have the last word on history.

Senate Republicans Block Radical Democrat Bill for Federal Government to Take Over Elections, by Andrew Trunsky

By Andrew Trunsky, LifeNews – Senate Republicans on Wednesday again filibustered a voting bill that Democrats argued was compromise legislation necessary to protect voting rights… The bill, The Freedom to Vote Act, failed 49-51, with Senate Republicans denying it the 60 votes needed to begin debate on the bill… Despite its moderate scope, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described the bill as nothing more than a Democratic “election takeover scheme.”

Court Rules Against Baltimore City – Again, by Christine Niles

By Christine Niles, Church, Militant – In yet another blow to the city of Baltimore, a federal judge has once again ruled in Church Militant’s favor… Judge Ellen Hollander of the U.S. District Court of Maryland issued an order Wednesday morning rejecting the city’s request to continue blocking St. Michael’s plans for the “Bishops: Enough Is Enough” prayer rally and protest… “It comes to me as no surprise that the Court denied this,” said St. Michael’s Attorney Marc Randazza in response to the court decision. “It does come to me as a surprise that the City’s attorneys are representing SMG, too — yet they sought an injunction against their own client.”

It’s Always a Good Time to Become Catholic, by Eric Sammons

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine – The Catholic world is abuzz with news that a prominent Anglican Bishop converted to Catholicism. Michael Nazir-Ali, the retired Anglican Bishop of Rochester, England, and once close to being tapped as the Archbishop of Canterbury, was received into the Catholic Church on the Feast of St. Michael (September 29). Needless to say, many Catholics were excited by the news.

‘Fully Vaccinated’ Were the Majority of COVID Deaths in Sweden, UK in September, by Raymond Wolfe

By Raymond Wolfe, LifeSiteNews – “Fully vaccinated” people accounted for the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths in Sweden and the U.K. last month, government data has revealed, amid a rise in breakthrough cases and deaths in other Western countries… The Public Health Agency of Sweden reported earlier this month that 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths between September 1-24 occurred in the “fully vaccinated,” according to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Sweden recorded around 130 fatal COVID cases during that timeframe.