The Modern Massacre of the Holy Innocents

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:
  • Two Thousand Years Ago a New King was Born
  • King Herod Thought his Lifestyle and Kingdom were Threatened by the New King
  • Herod Orders the Infant Innocents Slaughtered to Preserve his Status Quo
  • Two Thousand Years Later The Innocent are Still Dying
  • Mankind Needs the New King More Than Ever

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REAL Christmas Giving – St. Teresa’s Orphanage

For decades, our two daughters’ godmother has been organizing a Christmas gift-giving pilgrimage to St Teresa’s Orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico. It is quite a planning undertaking and lengthy commitment – dealing with two governments, coordinating with the orphanage, countless donors and about a dozen cars in the volunteer caravan. This year the trip was documented with this video production created by her granddaughter Evie. I hope you enjoy this example of REAL Christmas giving.

 

 

Click the video below:

 

If you would like to learn more about the orphanage or how you might be involved or help next Christmas, just drop me an email at tom@simplecatholictruth.com.

Blessings
Tom

Why Did God Become Man? The Incarnation Explained

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • Do We Really Understand Christmas?
  • Christmas is a Celebration of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ
  • The Incarnate Jesus is 100% God and 100% Man
  • The Incarnation Revealed God to Mankind
  • The Incarnation Revealed Mankind to Mankind
  • God Became Man so that Man Could Become god(like)

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Prayer: The CAPTAIN of my Ship

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • A simple mnemonic can add structure and help us remember things
  • For prayer, some people use the word A.C.T.S
  • I found using the word CAPTAIN adds captain-epuletsrichness and focus to my daily prayers:

C – Contrition
A – Almighty
P – Petition
T – Thanksgiving
A – Adoration
IN – INtentions

 

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Roadtrip: Advent Read or Christmas Gift

It’s Advent, a great time slow down and settle into a good spiritual book.

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My first novel, Roadtrip – A Journey to Forever has been out now for four months and the reviews have been outstanding. Roadtrip is a fictional account of a troubled young man’s journey across America. During his adventure, he discovers himself, his God, and the true purpose of life! But Roadtrip has a surprise in store… it’s not just the story of one single man, it’s a story about us all.

 

Read Some Current Reviews of Roadtrip – A Journey to Forever
  • WOW! Just wanted to let you know that I read Roadtrip – The Journey portion this weekend and LOVED it! Thank you for sharing your faith and leading me closer to our Lord. I will be sharing Roadtrip with many more people.
  • I just finished reading your beautiful book. I enjoyed it to the end, and found many ‘a spiritual nugget’ that I never encountered before.
  • Mr. Massoth takes us on a journey across the country and into our inner souls. The story builds as the protagonist finds his way with the “maps” that he has been provided. The book is marked by honesty and directness; there is no fluff. Touching moments and challenges that test the resolve of the human spirit abound.
  • Your book arrived and I’ve begun the Journey. I just finished page 75, and it gets better and better as it goes. You are quite a talented writer and I enjoy the sophistication of the storyline, mixing many details of a pretty normal ‘Californian’ life, with both the natural wonders of the American landscape, and the slower pace and simplicity of rural living.
  • The whole book is unique, in many ways. You begin with a fictional biography, and you reveal it to be an allegory leading to something greater in the second part of the book with your ‘theological commentary’…
  • The allegorical story is very appealing, and the teaching afterwards, which is really somewhat of a surprise, is filled with some deep theological reflections, backed by pertinent scriptures to support them and also filled with important apologetic points which many non-Catholics can benefit by.
  • The end of the book was also impressive. The ‘Wedding Feast of the Lamb’ was very well portrayed. I thought to myself while reading “how appropriate this ending is, how spiritual and true”. It was quite moving, and your deep spirituality and witness really shined through all the way to the end. Very impressive!
  • Thank you very much for sending this great book. I will treasure it always!

Read the Introduction in the ROADTRIP Pull-Down Menu above.

If you are looking for a great Advent exercise or that Christmas gift for a special friend on their spiritual journey, then order a copy of Roadtrip – A Journey to Forever TODAY!

Only $15.00 and I’ll pay the shipping in the continental USA – FREE SHIPPING.

Simply send me an email by clicking HERE and your copy(ies) of Roadtrip – A Journey to Forever will be on its way. Leave your name and postal address in the message section of the email.

Or if you prefer, you can order it from Amazon by clicking HERE.

Have a Blessed Advent and Christmas!

The Catholic Church: Pillar and Bulwark of Truth

History will look back on the United States with scrutiny and the clarity that only time can provide.  civil-warThe injustice of slavery was righted with the blood of over 750,000. Things are not perfect in this regard but we learned and are slowly righting a wrong.

History will also judge America’s stand on abortion and with all my heart I believe a similar tide will turn. Actually, the tide is turning. supreme8The eventual victory will not be won in the courts of law but rather in the hearts of citizens.

Moral behavior can not be legislated externally, it must come from within.  The true change in attitude that will eventually protect the innocent unborn must be forged with steadfast resolve and with compassion, mercy and love. Pope Francis’ recent comments on mercy and forgiveness are simple reminders of these obvious facts.pope-francis I cherish the Catholic Church for it’s unwavering stand on the right to life for all.

 

When you stand tall, you are often the easiest target. That’s okay, unless you stand tall, your voice can not be heard.  Like the soldiers at Gettysburg and Antietam there are inevitable causalities but slowly the word gets out and the truth prevails. Others begin to hear and recognize the heroes of the battle.

Here is a short video news clip [with some transcript below] recently aired on Fox news. The reporter is Charles Krauthammer, a non-practicing Jew, who recognizes the resolve of the Church in the battle to protect the unborn. His comments are in the context of the Pope’s recent decision to extend to priests the lifting of the sanction of excommunication that accompanies the sin of abortion.

 

 

In case you missed the language, here are excerpts:

“I think he’s done something wonder,” Krauthammer said … “All that the Pope is doing is extending that delegation of power a little bit lower down as a way to make it easier. I think it really is an act of mercy, and it shows the lack of vindictiveness of the Church imposing its will.”

“But nonetheless the will remains unchanged,” continued Krauthammer. “They’re absolutely rock-rib committed to the idea that this is a terrible thing to do, and it should not be done.”

“And I think years from now, and decades, people are going to look back on the issue and commend the Catholic Church for having held its own, very unpopularly, when there was this sweep and wave of legalizing abortion and to make it like an appendectomy; where the Church was the one institution that would not waver, despite the ridicule and the mockery and the attacks it suffered.

“I think our country will come to some accommodation ultimately, and we’ll thank the Church for holding up that end, and preventing sort of a radical legalization and radical widespread use of abortion.”

 

I for one would like to thank Mr. Krauthammer for saying what I have known but needed to hear again.

It’s tough in the trenches. The sounds of war can be deafening, tempting a weak soldier like me to lower his voice and drop his head just a little. But then I see the real heroes standing tall and shouting…st-peters

 

 

… and I stand proud with my Church, the pillar and bulwark of God’s truth.

Catholics for Women Priests – A Dissenting View

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • Recently, in another infamous jetliner interview, Pope Francis affirmed that ordination of women in the Catholic Church is ‘not possible’. pope-francis
  • Seeking to understand the issue more completely, I decided to research the internet for Catholics in favor of women ordination. I sought out those that seemed knowledgeable in the Catholic faith and Tradition, who also seemed honestly to be seeking God’s truth, yet who held a position in opposition to the Pope’s.
  • I found in general, seven reasons being put forward in support of the ordination of women:

1. Both men and women belong to a single priesthood in Christ
2. Both men and women were empowered to preside as priests by Jesus at the Last Supper
3. Cultural bias
4. Women have been deacons in the past
5. The ability for women to be ordained has been present in the Church’s latent Tradition.
6. The wider Church accepts women priests
7. Women too are, in fact, called to be priests

In this post we’ll discuss each of these seven claims.

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Why is God Portrayed as Masculine in the Bible?

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • God is revealed in Holy Scripture as Masculine
  • Some people are troubled by the perceived “gender bias” in Scripture to the point of rejecting the Word.
  • I found 5 really good reasons to embrace the idea of God using a masculine gender.
    1. God the Transcendent Creator
    2. God as Trinity
    3. The Church is the Bride of Christ
    4. Jesus’ Message of Salvation
    5. Because the Bible Says So.

The Simple Catholic Truth:

Last week, our parish hosted their annual Holiday Craft Boutique. I’m not a craft fair type of person but decided to participate as a vendor in order to promote and sell copies of my new book Roadtrip – A Journey to Forever. As it turned out I had a really great time meeting many new people and sharing some interesting conversation. While describing the Roadtrip story to one woman, I mentioned the main protagonist was a young man estranged from his father. I continued by saying this relationship is explored throughout the book and my hope is that many readers will reflect on their relationship with God the Father.

At this point, the mood turned as she posed a serious challenge to the idea that God is predominately portrayed as a male figure.god-the-father  I must clarify here that this woman was not a raving radical feminist type. However, she honestly felt that Scripture contained a gender “bias” and was sincerely troubled. Our conversation was polite and constructive but I could see that she wasn’t convinced by my explanation. Since then it seemed to me that many people might have the same question so I decided to do a little research and post the results here at SimpleCatholicTruth.

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Vote Like Your Life Depended On It

The time to vote is only two weeks away and frankly I’m pretty tired of the entire three-ring spectacle. I’m saddened that the best our great country can bring forward are these two flawed presidential candidates. Unfortunately, that is the current state of affairs.vote

Here in California, we have on our ballots two propositions that directly address the use of the death penalty in criminal cases. Recently, I’ve been asked by some fellow parishioners my opinion as to how to evaluate these issues and how to reconcile them with Catholic principles. I did my best to offer some guidance but will not share  those thoughts in this forum.

Today, however I ran across the video below that reminded me that there is one other issue, perhaps even more critical, that relates to a death penalty. I wish I had the ability to think and speak with the clarity of this priest. I thank God for this homily and the courage and strength of the man who delivered it.

The video runs a little under 20 minutes but I strongly recommend that you find a quite place and listen to it completely. The issues he speaks to are certainly controversial but are critically important. Listen carefully to his words and vote accordingly – someone’s life may depend on your action.

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Exodus 32: A God of Revenge?

I’m leading a Bible study at church called Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. unlockingbible_75This video-based course is provided by Ascension Press and is the shorter, 8-week version of Jeff Gavin’s immensely popular 24 week program called The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation.

Things have been going very well. We proceeded through the Creation account of Genesis, the Fall of mankind and God’s Covenants with Abraham and Noah. Moses took His chosen people out of Egypt and into the desert, the Covenant with Moses was ratified in Exodus 24, and then we hit the Golden Calf incident. If you recall in Exodus 32, after Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and saw the Golden Calf, he gathered the sons of Levi together sent them out to kill 3000 throughout the camp of the Israelites.
It happens every time at this point in Bible studies that people begin to question the actions and justice of God. Specifically in this case people asked “Why did God allow the Levites to kill 3000 of their fellow Israelites?” It gets even more confusing when we get into the books of Joshua and Judges. For now I thought it would be good to comment on God’s reaction to Israel’s idolatry in Genesis 32.

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