Almost over… or maybe not

Today has an optional memorial: St, Martin de Porres, he is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony. From the readings of the memorial:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4:8-9)

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Forming a moral conscience

conscience-aheadIt is a common refrain: the “Vatican” and “bishops” are out of touch with the people of the United States. It rises to the surface whenever the bishops, in their role as teachers of the faith, offer moral guidance – and every four years in our presidential election cycle. Such proclamations often include some veiled reference to Catholics being required to have slavish adherence to every pronouncement. Actually the Church’s position is quite surprising to the “experts” and Catholic alike. I believe the Church’s position on the formation of a moral conscience is one of the better kept secrets of Catholic life. Continue reading

Admoniton Ten

Every four years our neighbors and friends are suddenly vexed and overcome by the spirit of confusion, delusion, and irrationality. We simply cannot understand how they so abruptly lose their good common sense. Can’t they see that we hold the clear and sure vision of exactly who is deserving of our vote and that our view of the issues is the only one which a rational person would possibly hold?  And of course we need to correct their faulty thinking. And of course if they won’t accept the offering of wisdom and insight, then it is their fault. Continue reading