Spiritual and Secular Asceticism

A blessed and grace-filled Lenten season to all our readers, beginning with this solemn commemoration of Ash Wednesday to launch us on our way through our own ‘forty days’ in the metaphorical desert.

There are no end to the resources to help us in our greater focus on the three ‘acts of religion’ – fasting, almsgiving and prayer – by which we ‘bind’ ourselves to God more closely and intensely, with our bodies, our external goods and our very minds and wills. One recommended to me was this on-line retreat with the Carmelites.

But we should begin with Mass, daily if possible,  the highest and most effective ‘prayer’ of the Church; but also meditation; prayerful reading of Scripture, especially the readings for Mass; praying some of the Divine Office with the universal Church; walking the Stations of the Cross; reciting the holy Rosary; reading classic spiritual treatises; the sayings of the Desert Fathers.

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at https://catholicinsight.com/

The Vanier Report, and Teck No More

For those of you who would like to, you may read over the full report on the scandal of Jean Vanier and Father Thomas Philippe. Draw what conclusions you may, for it is sad and sickly stuff, signifying how sin, pride, deceit and lust all coalesced in this tragic affair, and the material certainly offers any number of intentions for which to pray during Lent.

The Teck mine deal as you have all heard by now is cancelled, a bitter fruit of Canada’s slide into a banana republicanism. More or less, the company, writing off over one billion already spent, warned Canada to get its act together – figure out some way to balance economic development with its climate change agenda – the blame lies right on Trudeau’s multi-coloured socked feet. And, in the background, how to control its radical left, even now as I write blocking railways and roads with impunity. Roving black-clad bands of masked and armed ‘Mohawks’ bring back shades of 1649 and 1756 – and, if they push things, perhaps ’tis time to finish those wars. As I quoted the other day, si vis pacem, para bellum. And no one wants war, but such, in some way, may be the only path to peace.

Many Indigenous, who would have benefited mightily, their dreams squashed by a few self-proclaimed ‘hereditary chiefs’, are rightly angered and disappointed. But no company – no person – wants to work in a lawless land, and the primary task of government should be the security of property and economic initiative, a large part of which is keeping the railways and roads open and clear, a simple task which Trudeau and is Liberals cannot even manage that. In one bitter hope, perhaps a pandemic of the covid-19 virus will hit the reset button, and restore some level of sanity.

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at https://catholicinsight.com/

Catholics must reject social media anti-Semitism, Indiana bishop says

Fort Wayne, Ind., Feb 25, 2020 / 08:00 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Church has “firmly condemned” anti-Semitism, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana said Feb. 19, warning against theological errors and “false and hateful” rhetoric against Jews on social media.

“Unfortunately, there has been a rise in recent years of anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic rhetoric in our society,” the bishop said in a statement published in the diocesan newspaper Today’s Catholic. “Further, there have been incidents of violence incited by hateful speech about Jews. The Church has firmly condemned such rhetoric and violence. Those who speak of Jews as our enemies are mistaken.”

“Pope St. Paul VI, Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis have consistently referred to our Jewish brothers and sisters as ‘friends’ whom we love and esteem, not as enemies or adversaries whom we reject,” he said. “Language matters. Language that incites animosity is harmful.”

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at http://feeds.feedburner.com/catholicnewsagency/dailynews

US Supreme Court rules in favor of border patrol agent in cross-border shooting

Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2020 / 07:19 pm (CNA).- The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling in the case of a border patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican boy across the border a decade ago. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of the agent, finding that court precedent allowing lawsuits against federal officers do not apply to cross-border shootings.

At the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010, three Mexican boys were playing a game of “chicken” by seeing who would run the closest to the border. Fifteen-year-old Sergio Hernandez crossed the border, and border patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. noticed him.

As Hernandez ran back into a culvert between the walls on either side of the border, the agent fired two shots, one of which struck Hernandez in the face and killed him.

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at http://feeds.feedburner.com/catholicnewsagency/dailynews