Christ was homeless 2000 years ago – Christ is homeless today

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • 2000 years ago a couple needing shelter was turned away.
  • A baby boy was born, homeless, forced to sleep with the animals.
  • This man lived and loved and died to change the world.
  • He’s still here…on the street, calling us, calling us to change.

 

Who is He?   What gift does he really want or need?   Where do I find him?

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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.

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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Seeking the Truth? Choose your news wisely.

Most of the time I find following politics to be a complete waste of time. First of all, I’m not sure there is much difference anymore between the good guys and the bad guys inside the beltway. Confused ManSecond, when I consult the modern media trying to sort out fact from fiction,  I often get completely different summaries of the same event. Not just different summaries, but contradictory summaries.
Seeking the truth often makes my head hurt!

I’d like to just throw up my hands up in frustration and ignore the news but during this presidential election there is too much at stake. Let’s face it, like it or not early next year either Hillary or Trump will be our next president.

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Pro-Life or Pro-Abortion: It depends on what the meaning of ‘Life’ is.

I’ve just finished reading Trent Horn’s 2014 book Persuasive Pro-Life. For those who have not had a chance, I highly recommend getting a copy. Persuasive Pro-LifeTrent is highly experienced in the field of Pro-Life apologetics and although this book is thorough, it is concise, well organized and easy to read. While delving deeply into various pro-abortion claims and Pro-Life rebuttals, he consistently encourages readers to remember that fundamentally the Pro-Life cause needs to be grounded on the fact that there is a universal human equality that applies to the unborn.

 

 

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Hillary, It depends upon what the meaning of the word IS, is.

I usually wouldn’t blog on general politics, but in the wake of yesterday’s announcement by comeyFBI Director James Comey to not refer criminal charges to the Justice Department against Hillary Clinton, I could not help but to react in writing.

 

You see, I think truth is important. I think honesty and telling the truth is a sound character trait that should be acknowledged and valued. Conversely, when truth is ignored or bent to the advantage of the teller, that also should be noted and properly criticized. Continue reading “Hillary, It depends upon what the meaning of the word IS, is.”

Hiroshima: Tragedy and Hope

I don’t know why really, but I’ve always wanted to go. Certainly not for macabre reasons but I just wanted to see for myself. I’ve read a lot about those years, that eventful day, and the impact to humanity. But reading was not enough, I needed to go… I needed to feel.

Michele and I stepped off the trolley bus last Sunday morning greeted by overcast skies. The calm winds and steady rain added to an odd quietness. Sidewalks were filled with umbrellas and ponchos heading in a common direction so IMG_0726we fell in line with the crowds. Near the Aioi bridge we turned on a path along the Ota River and got our first view of the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku) in Hiroshima, Japan.

 

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Suicide is Rising

About 30 years ago, I read a fascinating article predicting a rise of suicide rates in the United States that would begin near the end of the millennium. This social scientist posited that as the baby boomers reached retirement age, they would struggle to find real purpose in life and, as result, they would begin exercising the option of suicide. The premise behind this theory was that these baby boomers had fashioned their entire life’s meaning around the materialistic acquisition of wealth, and when retirement removed that reason to live, there was nothing left to fall back on.

Two days ago I ran across a recent article [U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High, Sabrina Tavernise, N.Y. Times, 22 April 2016] that also touched on the issue of suicide in our modern society. Recalling the original article, this new one immediately caught my attention. It turns out that the original predictions of increased suicide rates did come true…

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but entirely for the wrong reasons.

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • Suicide in the United States has Surged to the Highest Levels in Nearly 30 Years
  • The Reasons are Complex and Controversial
  • Many Blame the Economy, Government, Guns or Divorce 
  • But Few See the Recent Trend Away From Religion as Significant
  • Could it Be That Not Having Faith and Trust in God is a Contributing Factor?
  • We are Called as Christians to Extend Ourselves With Understanding and Compassion to All of God’s Children

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No Joke – Save the Date!

This is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Get out your calendar right now and save the date.

St. Martin de Porres is truly blessed to be able to host Trent Horn as a featured speaker on Monday, May 2nd 2016 at 7:15 p.m. Michele and I heard Trent speak at the National Conference on Marriage last month and he is simply outstanding. Continue reading “No Joke – Save the Date!”

Be Smart, Christian Voters

In case you haven’t noticed we are in the middle of another three-ring Presidential election. You can rest assured – Simple Catholic Truth will never pretend to be a source of political commentary or opinion. We will leave that for the professional, unbiased talking heads that try to fill our heads each day.

However, as Catholic Christians we must stay informed as voters because like it or not, the people we elect will shape the moral and spiritual character of our nation for generations. With the idea of becoming a better participant in the election process, I thought it appropriate to forward this interesting video that I recently ran across. This short 10 minute video presents in simple terms the differences in various forms of governments and where the American system fits in.

Most important, it gives some insight as to how you and I, as informed voting citizens, play such an critical role.  Enjoy.