The strong will, as we are using the term here, is not to be confused with the will that seeks greatness. The will that seeks greatness courageously discerns and chooses the good and directs the appetite toward it. The strong will, on the other hand, is dominated by taking action and often asserts independently of the intellect or the consideration of anyone else.
My parents had their share of struggles in their marriage and in raising a family of six children. One son died in infancy, and then they lost another when he was just eighteen. I suppose one of the strongest lessons I learned from both my parents was that whatever we were facing, we could always turn to our Catholic faith for strength and support.
Most damage is done at the local level of politics. I confess to this being a case of the pot calling the kettle black, having been a federal politics junkie for my entire adult life and most of my childhood, as well.
A holy life is the fruit of a vibrant spiritual life, to which every Catholic is called. The observant Catholic leader, however, might be confused regarding steps to take for growing deeper in his relationship with the Lord, and how to Become an effective spiritual model in the workplace. Legatus Magazine spoke to four guides who devote their lives to helping others grow spiritually, on what these steps should be.
by Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., & Theresa Farnan, Ph.D.
What do classicism, racism, xenophobia, sexism, and transgenderism have in common? These are the themes dominating the “Social Justice Book List,” the books recommended by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year for children in [public] preschool through sixth grade.
What does it mean when a CEO says, “we support Black Lives Matter?” On the surface, it appears the company affirms the dignity and equality of Black people. If it were that simple, all Catholics would be obligated to support such a movement. However, the motives and beliefs of BLM are not that simple. In fact, BLM is an overtly anti-American, pro Marxist, anti-family, pro-LGBTQ anarchist movement, aimed at deconstructing the United States. Therefore, when a company expresses formal support of the Black Lives Matter movement, they are, at a minimum, passively endorsing all those motives.
It is July 25, 1934. The scene is the chancellery of Austria. A man whom historians have not done justice lay on the floor, bleeding to death, while his Nazi executioners looked on in cold delight. He asked for a doctor. They refused.
On May 8, 2020, a document titled Appeal for the Church and the World: to Catholics and all people of good will was published [which this author signed]. Its initial signatories included, among others, three cardinals, nine bishops, 11 doctors, 22 journalists, and 13 lawyers.
Just as we are tired of hearing people say that Jesus would not recognize the Church [today], we are also tired of hearing people talk about “reimagining” the Church, as if the Church needs to be revamped for a new generation. We didn’t imagine the Church in the first place, so we don’t need to reimagine it (nor is it our place to do so).
I was raised in a home with a mother who desired sainthood, but unless I was paying attention, I didn’t notice. I’m remembering now, for what it’s worth, that I don’t recall her ever purchasing an item of clothing for herself. She loved the Catholic Faith of her childhood, her priests, her family, and jigsaw puzzles; that’s about it.
If multiculturalists had kept their promises, school and college curricula would have been enriched by the inclusion of the literature, ideas, values, and history of societies relatively ignored in Western education. As Camille Paglia puts it, “Multiculturalism is in theory a noble cause that aims to broaden perspective in the U.S. which, because of its physical position between two oceans, can tend toward the smugly isolationist.”
Parents: 1. See persecution as a grace from God for being purified and strengthened. 2. Root yourself in the Catholic faith through study of the catechism. 3. Protect your family’s integrity above all else. 4. Catechize your children as your first duty. 5. Pray with your children daily.
In Aquinas’ extensive treatment on depression [in the Summa Theologica], he at one point suggests a number of remedies. One of them is simply the contemplation of truth, since that is “the greatest of all pleasures.”
When one persists in evil, nothing can be done. I once asked a demon, “But you, if you could go back, would you do the same thing? Don’t you see that, before, you were happy in Paradise and now you are damned to Hell?” “
A child’s brain can only receive what it is made to receive, and children’s brains change a lot as they develop. The littlest kids (toddlers and preschoolers) understand right and wrong as a matter of avoiding punishment or receiving rewards. As they get older (elementary school), they understand moral concepts like “fairness” or “justice” (consider how they protest an “unfair” rule).
First and foremost, a Catholic gentleman is a Catholic; that is, he is permeated to the core by the Faith handed down for twenty centuries, witnessed to by the blood of the martyrs, and embodied in the creeds and councils of the Catholic and apostolic Church.