Fight Hatred, Death, and Sin with Love, Life, and Charity

– April 20, 2020 – Volume 30 BISHOPS ASK FOR ETHICAL COVID-19 VACCINE Four USCCB Committee Chairmen, along with 20 healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, have urged Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion. To view all signers and to read the letter, click here. PROTECTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has prepared a statement, infographic, and video to assist anyone faced with lifesaving medical care being rationed in ways that discriminate against persons with disabilities. These and additional resources related to COVID-19 can be found at https://ncpd.org/covid-19-resources. PRAY FOR LIFE: APRIL In this month’s Pray for Life we’re praying that our merciful Lord will calm the fears of all expectant mothers, fill them with His peace, and provide for every need. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) PRAY FOR LIFE: MAY In the May edition of Pray for Life, we’re praying that our Blessed Mother will draw women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies close to her heart. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) WORD OF LIFE: MAY 2020 The May edition of Word of Life is available in both English and Spanish. Suggestions are provided for adapting the resources for digital use....

Nine Benefits of Going to Confession Frequently

During my priestly ministry, I have discerned several reasons why people hesitate to approach the Sacrament of Confession. Here are the most common: Fear: Though the vast majority of priests are kind and understanding confessors, many potential penitents fear being judged or scolded. Pride: Confessing sins means confronting that we’ve genuinely done wrong and need […] Source: Nine Benefits of Going to Confession...

The Recovery Honeymoon

Vince recently called my office seeking help for his struggle with pornography addiction. This was not the first time I spoke with him.  A few months earlier he called at the insistence of his wife. Vince had a longstanding struggle with Internet pornography use that spanned years.  We talked about his use of pornography and how […] Source: The Recovery...

St. Thomas Aquinas Teaches Us How to Be Happy

“No one cares about reality anymore…” A character in Terrence Malick’s 2015 film, Knight of Cups, uses that memorable phrase to describe a pleasure-soaked Los Angeles, in which the movie’s main character, a screenwriter played by Christian Bale, has lost himself. Numbed by malaise, he wanders as a passive observer from experience to experience and […] Source: St. Thomas Aquinas Teaches Us How to Be...