Daniel Ibanez/CNACardinal Raymond Burke listens in the audience during the presentation of the new book Christvs Vincit by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in Rome on Oct. 14, 2019.Cardinal Burke credited God for his survival, which, at times, seemed uncertain.
Cardinal Raymond Burke listens in the audience during the presentation of the new book Christvs Vincit by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in Rome on Oct. 14, 2019. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 26, 2021 / 20:40 pm (CNA).
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke updated his followers on his recovery from COVID-19 and thanked them for their prayers in a letter published late Sunday evening, saying it will be “several more weeks” until he will be ready to return to his normal activities.
Christine Rousselle/CNAThe March for the Martyrs in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25, 2021.“I’ve heard it myself from the people of Iraq and Syria: when the Islamists come to cut your head off, they don’t ask if you’re a Catholic or a Protestant or Orthodox. They ask you if you believe in Jesus,” said Father Kiely. “That’s that point. That unites us. That’s what Pope Francis called ‘the ecumenism of blood.’”
Vatican MediaPope Francis waves during the Angelus on Sept. 26, 2021Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Francis said sometimes Catholics, instead of having humble and open communities, “can give the impression of being the ‘top of the class’ and keeping others at a distance.”
Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar, Oct 7, 1950Kapaun’s remains were returned to the United States as part of the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement, but they were not identified until March.
“Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” — Mark 7:15
I once dated a man who loved spiritual candy. He carried a rosary and spoke of keeping the devil out, but he didn’t trust God with his eternity. He believed in horoscopes and sought advice from psychics. He didn’t seek the LORD. Didn’t read the Bible. He devolved into a casual Catholic who put his faith in empty calories. Spiritual junk food. Artificial loyalty.
One afternoon this man mentioned something a psychic said, implying infidelity on my end. “That’s foolish!” I replied indignant. “I’ve never been unfaithful to anyone.” But that wasn’t entirely true. In my silence, I’d been unfaithful to God and He knew it. God knew this man couldn’t treasure me like I treasured Him. I couldn’t live in faith while he lived in sin.
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