Like the Christ Child in the manger, let down your defenses
- Published in Money & Stewardship
I was born December 31, 1912 and weighed twelve pounds. I can remember a story that was told me when I was small about how my most interesting ancestors were Daniel Boone and Chief Sitting Bull. It might be that both are mythical but still after I was twelve years old we received a letter telling of how my first ancestor in this country came over on the Mayflower and crossed the mountains later with D Boone.
Of course I don’t deny but that this too may be mythical but this letter was written by a relative named Sals Sartin who had taken the “a” out of the name. This man had inquired into our ancestry and found out a few interesting points which he thought we would like to know and we were glad to know them.
This November, as we remember our departed in a particular way, it is a good time to remember also that the church offers comfort for the men and women left behind when a beloved spouse dies. Widows and widowers have a life full of dignity, purpose and mission. As Vatican II declared, “Widowhood, accepted bravely as a continuation of the marriage vocation, should be esteemed by all.”
This Oct. 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fátima. At Fátima, Portugal, Our Lady urged the shepherd children to pray the rosary daily to obtain peace for the world. In this time of crisis in marriage and family life, a daily family rosary — a daily rosary from all Catholics — for the strengthening of marriage and family is a powerful means of building peace in the world.
Parents, as your teens head back to school, you should know that this year they are at a greater risk than ever for encountering a toxic substance proven to traumatize the brain, impair concentration, decrease cognitive functioning, induce depression and anxiety, and reduce pleasure in everyday life. Rising in use each year, this substance is attacking our kids’ ability to learn, thrive and be happy. And you are the most powerful force in their lives to protect them from it.
VATICAN CITY – As its 50th anniversary approaches, the story of how Blessed Pope Paul VI arrived at the final text of “Humanae Vitae” will be a main focus of discussion.
G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here’s one: “The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant.” Evidence for the destructive consequences of tyrannical sex abounds in wrecked relationships, wrecked families and wrecked lives.