Candlemas and the Keeping of the Law

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (Lk. 2:22). ⧾

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and acknowledge Him as a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory of Israel. This Feast brings to completion our joyful celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord. The candles that we blessed and that we will use in our worship and in our homes are a reminder that Christ is the light of the world. I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (Jn. 8:12).

Our Lady and St. Joseph take Jesus to the Temple that the prescriptions of the Mosaic Law might be fulfilled. They duly make their offering, and in the course of what was a liturgical celebration, they receive further knowledge about this Child; destined to be both a light of revelation to the Gentiles and glory of Israel and a sign that will be opposed. Here there is both light and darkness, both joy and consternation. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother…‘and a sword will pierce your own soul too – so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed’ (Lk. 2:33-35). These words allude to a Mystery still to unfold; as it will be in the course of the Child’s life and especially in His Passion and Death. This is the unfolding of the Mystery of the Redemptive Incarnation, at work also in our own lives.

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Archbp. of Kampala forbids Communion in the hand, other decrees

From PML (Post Media Ltd in Uganda) comes this story.  HERE

The Archbishop of Kampala, Most Rev. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (age 67), has issued some decrees.

First, he has decreed on 1 Feb 2020 that “every priest, be it a curate or parish priest, will be required to serve for three years in any given parish, school or area. From there, his contract can then be renewed for another three years, after which he will transferred to another area. He said no priest will be allowed to serve beyond two three-year terms at a parish.”

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Canada’s Justice Minister says that euthanasia may be expanded to include people with mental illness.

Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Hon David LamettiJustice Minister David Lametti told CBC Radio One’s The House that, based on the recent online euthanasia consultation questionnaire that Canadians want more access to (MAID) euthanasia. CBC radio reported:”There does seem to be a clear tendency that Canadians are largely in agreement that we ought to expand the possibility for medical assistance in dying beyond the end-of-life scenario,” Lametti said. “Obviously there are some voices that don’t agree. People living with disabilities can see this as a threat, even an existential threat, and we’re trying to achieve the right balance there to not stigmatize people in that context.”The CBC Radio One report explained that the euthanasia law may be expanded to include people with mental illness:…Lametti said one possible result of making these changes to the law will be to extend MAID to people whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder.Last week I reported that Canada’s online euthanasia consultation questionnaire was a sham and that its data was unreliable. It was a sham because some of the questions assumed that the participant supported euthanasia. The data was unreliable because the online questionnaire did not limit people to participating once. One person told me that they filled out the questionnaire more than 50 times from the same computer.Article: Canadian (MAID) euthanasia online consultation was a sham and the data is unreliable (Link).CBC Radio One then interviewed Jocelyn Downie, a long-time pro-euthanasia activist academic who explained that when the Québec court struck down the “terminal illness” requirement in the law, that this enabled access to euthanasia for mental conditions. CBC radio reported:”When you remove ‘reasonable foreseeability’ from the Criminal Code, as the judge in Quebec did for Quebec, one of the things that happens is that more people with mental disorders as their sole underlying medical condition will now be eligible for MAID,” said Downie, a Dalhousie University law professor who served on the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel that studied MAID.Sadly, I agree with Downie, that when the Québec court struck down the terminal illness requirement in the law that this mean’t that euthanasia would also permitted for psychological reasons or mental illness. Article: Québec court expands Canada’s euthanasia law by striking down the “terminal illness” requirement (Link).The law originally stated that euthanasia could be done based on physical or psychological suffering, but that a person’s natural death must be reasonably foreseeable. By removing the reasonably foreseeable requirement from the law, then euthanasia decisions are then based on physical or psychological suffering alone.Article: Is euthanasia psychiatric treatment?

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Why Are College Students So Depressed?

I enjoy listening to the “Fireside Chats” of Dennis Prager. They’re relaxed, informative, and full of practical wisdom. Recently (in episode 112) he chose to ponder why the rate of depression among college students is the highest ever recorded. Prager provided the following insight:

… just about everything that can give you joy and meaning—and they are related—is gone.

In large part I think he’s right, at least when you look at college kids as a group. He lists four things that give joy and meaning to life, and he notes that they are mostly lacking in the lives of college students today. I would like to take each of the four and add my own thoughts.

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Filmmakers point to Knock Shrine as a place of hope for Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, Feb 2, 2020 / 02:11 pm (CNA).- As Ireland grapples with high rates of depression and suicide, Irish filmmakers point to the Knock Shrine as a place of hope and healing.

“We want to put Our Lady, our Blessed Mother, front of stage for the Irish people and the world as a beacon of hope. We want this film to be a message for people that there is hope,” Aidan Gallagher, CEO of EWTN Ireland told CNA.

“Hope,” a new docudrama produced by EWTN, tells the story of the Knock apparition.

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