Impurity and Self-Idolatry

Our whole human condition is enlightened by understanding the addictive process that leads to impurity. In a sense, all sin is a form of idolatry of the false god of self, but solitary acts of impurity are more obvious and intense forms of turning inward, away from God.

Original sin is not an abstract doctrine, but one of the deepest truths about

our human nature. The Catechism states that “ignorance of that fact that man has a wounded nature inclined to evil gives rise to serious errors in the areas of education, politics, social action and morals.” Our own personal history, from infancy to adulthood, is also the history of original sin in each one of us as individuals.

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Buffalo Bills’ offensive lineman Mitch Morse: “There’s always been a Catholic theme to my football experience”…

It sometimes takes the worst of circumstances to bring out the best in people. When Mitch Morse, now 27, was only 4, his younger brother Robbie, only 4 months old at the time, suffered an injury that resulted in permanent brain damage and the need for continual special care. As the older Morse grew up, he formed the habit of anticipating what his younger brother would need…

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Don’t just defend the fort. Attack!…

“Catholicism, by which I mean real Catholicism, is a fighting faith,” writes David Carlin for The Catholic Thing. To which I would add that Catholicism is, or should be, an offensive rather than a defensive force. As followers of Christ we are not charged with preserving our own position. The Great Commission requires us to move always forward…

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Who is most likely to succeed Pope Francis?

The appointment of Cardinal Luis Tagle as prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization has prompted informed Vatican journalists to observe that Pope Francis may be hoping to put the Filipino prelate in place to become his successor. Pope Francis will celebrate his 83rd birthday next week, and his physical condition has never been robust…

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“I convinced a Satanist to come to Mass and now he’s becoming Catholic” — A powerful conversion story from Reddit…

“This is a story I’d like to tell since I’ve noticed a distinct lack of positive evangelization amongst certain sections of the Church, and I want to get a conversation started about reaching out to the marginalized segments of society. “I have an acquaintance whom I’ve spent a lot of time evangelizing over the past year…

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