In The Beginning … | God’s Praises Tell

Andrew Lyke is joined by Cynthia Norris, the founding director of the Office for Black Catholics in Chicago (OBC), and Fr. David Jones, the newly appointed liaison to the Archbishop for the new Black Catholic Initiative (BCI), for a look back at the origins of the OBC for a better perspective for the work of the BCI.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Fr. Barron on the SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Details – One reason the Supreme Court’s decision has been rather shocking to American Catholics is that we have had, at least for the last century or so, a fairly benign relationship with the environing culture. But now the Church finds itself opposed by the ideology of secularism. So what do we do?

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A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Most people enter marriage wanting the best for their spouses and themselves. They want their love to last forever. They hope life won’t be too hard and that they too can have the American dream of children, a home and a happy life. These are good things to aspire to. The Catholic Church has similar desires for married couples but goes further. The Church wants good marriages to become great! How? By living God’s plan for married love!

via Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great « For Your Marriage.



The ‘Presence’ That Keeps on Giving

By ‘being there,’ dads give their families a great gift

By Bill Dodds

My dad wasn’t big on giving advice, but he was a star when it came to living advice. This became clear to me recently when my thoughts turned to my childhood and my father after reading Pope Francis’ two talks on fatherhood. Both are part of the pontiff’s series on the family in preparation for the World Meeting of Families this September in Philadelphia.

Dad never said, “This is how to be a good husband and a good father.” He demonstrated how it was done. He was a good husband. A good father. A good man.

Pope Francis would have liked my dad, and vice versa. Francis’ advice to fathers would have resonated with my father, just as it resonates with me today. Here are a few of my favorite teachings from two addresses the pope gave.

His first talk was on how fathers aren’t as domineering as they were in the past but now, too often, they are absent. The second talk zeroes in on the essentials of being a good father.

via The ‘Presence’ That Keeps on Giving | Fathers for Good.



John the Baptist and Public Scandal

When men pretend to favor the gospel, yet live in evil, we must not favor their self-delusion, but must deliver our consciences as John did. The world may call this rudeness and blind zeal. False professors, or timid Christians, may censure it as want of civility; but the most powerful enemies can go no further than the Lord sees good to permit. – Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Matthew 14:1

via John the Baptist and Public Scandal – The Catholic ThingThe Catholic Thing.



Time for soul-searching, or a decision that’s disenfranchising

By Helen M. Alvaré

Special to Crux

Perhaps Americans should have grown accustomed by now to our Supreme Court “finding” things in the Constitution which are not there. But it still stings. The Constitution has provisions for citizens to amend it. Yet today, by a razor thin vote of 5-4, the Court amended it, without our permission, and declared a right in the 50 states to marriage recognition between two parties of the same sex.

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