An excellent reflection on freedom and independence from Fr. Mike Schmitz. In it he asks “are we as a people wise and virtuous?” It’s a great lesson. Please watch and think about it this weekend between those rounds of burgers and corn-hole!
Fr. Mike Schmitz, chaplain for Newman Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is always a great source of spiritual inspiration and direction. His Sunday homilies, which he uploads as podcasts, are easy to digest while being incredibly thoughtful and substantive.
On this most recent Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Mike started a series of homilies focusing on what he calls Heroic Confidence. In this series, Fr. Mike puts forth the claim that many of us live and act with a sort of caution or timidity when it comes to the faith – as if we are afraid of living it to the fullest. But that is the opposite to how we should act! If we truly believe that Jesus rose from the dead, what do we have to fear?
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Fr. Mike critiques Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He contends that the two heroes in the movie show off their great abilities, but they don’t show any nobility. The movie depicts Superman as a slacker and Batman as a bully. Fr. Mike asks if this is the kind of heroism we want to offer the youth? Or should we express how truth, justice and goodness are worth fighting for? Fr. Mike then proposes a backstory for the movie he would have found much more compelling.
Fr. Mike also points to the crisis of masculinity in our culture where young men are growing up and growing strong but do not know how to use their strength. Without a direct, a clearly defined purpose, and healthy father figures to show them the way, young men end up using their strengths for bad ends. Batman v Superman wastes a glorious opportunity to show how strength can be used for good. Heroes are people who know what the good is and choose it – who know what to do with their strengths.
It’s the first Friday in Lent, and we all know what that means – salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, tunafish, pasta, and probably a McFish or two. We all know that Fridays in Lent mean we have to abstain from meat. But do we know why?
Going to Confession is a great way to kick Lent off life a champ. If it’s been a while for you than even better! Fr. Mike and Ascension Press have put together this great video explaining what Confession is all about – and more importantly what it isn’t.
“The Scholastic Corporation has sent school teachers and librarians 10,000 copies of the book, entitled George, which was written by self-described “queer activist” Alex Gino. In the children’s book, Gino tells a story of a 10-year-old boy who doesn’t feel like a boy, so he tells people he’s really “Melissa.” Scholastic’s website says the target audience for the transgender book is elementary children from 3rd to 7th grade.”
Quite simply, 3rd to 7th graders should not be targeted with this subject. This is not an issue of “book banning”. The issue here is that this subject is not appropriate for this age group. This book is presenting a complex, highly-debatabed issue as simple to understand and permissible. Mr. Gino’s aim is quite clear. He seeks to make the reader sympathize with the main character, a boy who thinks he is a girl, sympathize with the greater transgender agenda, and potentially encourage elementary school children to explore feelings of gender identity confusion.
Have you ever been confused about what you should be doing in life? Have you ever wondered if the job you are at is where God wanted you to be? Where exactly is God in these moments of doubt? Fr. Mike Schmitz reminds us that God has spoken to us in very clear ways and we should remember that and trust in the Lord.