Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, the new head of the Jesuit Order, has claimed in a recent interview that Jesus’ own words about divorce are subject of interpretation and personal interpretation. The interview is incredibly revealing as Fr. Arturo repeatedly prioritizes personal discernment over Catholic doctrine. Full disclosure: I think Fr. Arturo is dangerously incorrect. His arguments are vague at best, don’t hold any water against what has been taught by The Church two thousand years, and actually call into question everything Jesus said – not just his discourse on remarriage after divorce. That a prominent leader in the Church is spouting such heresies without shame in open interviews is such a dangerous sign of our times.
Who doesn’t crave adventure? From hang-gliding through the alps to taking a month of to bike across the country – adventures are the things dreams are made of. Unfortunately, thanks to our jobs, our families, and the everyday routine of life these types of experiences usually remain as dreams. This is a shame because the world is so beautiful we could go our whole lives and not experience it. Remember, our Heavenly Father made the world for us. It’s the ultimate gift.
But how does a family fit in a huge adventure amidst soccer practice, two full time jobs, school, ballet, dinners, family, and a hundred other things? The answer is microadventures. Instead of planning one big family trip every year (if you’re lucky enough even to do that), take on smaller, local trips once or twice a month. These microadventures encourage you to find and explore amazing things right in your own neck of the woods.
The guys over here at Prime-Cuts.org run a biannual men’s faith night called Meat and Greet. We made this video for our most recent event. In it we discuss what it means to be a man of Christ. Each member of the team share’s their opinions on how the world has failed them as men, and how being a follower of Christ has lead them to a greater version of themselves. As Pope Benedict said “This world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort you were made for GREATNESS.”
You will also a see a small snap-shot of what our “Catholic Men’s Nights” are all about. Hint: These aren’t your grandma’s bible studies.
For more information on Meat and Greet and getting some of this program into your church, contact Sam Todzia at redbarnministries.org
Steve Ray is a regular contributor on Catholic Answers Radio and Catholic.com. Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world. He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News.
In his latest appearance on Catholic Answers Radio, Steve discusses the importance of raising our children with the necessary skills to remain Catholic in today’s culture. Steve explains that despite the christian roots of our country’s founding our current culture is unarguably pagan. Through a series of personal anecdotes from his own role as a father of four, he shares many tips about raising kids who can withstand the temptations, distortions, and traps of the modern world.
“The average boy will spend more time watching television by the time he turns 6 years old than he will spend talking to his father over the course of his entire earthly life.”
From Bishop Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation “Into the Breach,” and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix comes this 10 minute, documentary-style short film that seeks to create awareness of a crisis in masculinity found in today’s society.
If you’ve read the original exhortation, you understand what a welcome gift it is. Please watch this video with your family, pray for your children, and share it with your friends.
Release on September 29, the Feast of the Archangels , ‘Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men’ is a call to action to all Catholic men to re-commit themselves to their faith in order to lead their families and their church through the many battles, lies, and confusion afflicting our society. It is a call to love just as much as it is a call to battle – for love is the weapon that destroys death, heals wounds, and brings us all to the truth of Christ.
“So many men today are confused about who they are and what they are called to do. They don’t even realize that they have a mission to fulfill. So it seemed to me it was important to help our men think seriously about who they are and what they are called to do – what they are called to be.” – Bishop Olmsted
The bishop breaks down his exhortation into 3 parts: What does it mean to be a Catholic man? How does a Catholic man love? and Why is fatherhood, fully understood, so crucial for every man?
They even made a small video commercial for it! Check it out:
The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. He was installed as the fourth bishop of Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003, and is the spiritual leader of the diocese’s 1.1 million Catholics.
Click here to read ‘Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men’
Annulments are a particularly touchy subject among many Catholics. Some see them as too hard to obtain, forcing people to remain in harmful marriages or to remain single. Other people think they are too easy to obtain, and thus compare them to no-fault divorce which dilutes the importance and permanence of the marriage bond. There is a place for annulments in the Catholic Church, and many people need them for healing and to move on with their lives. I believe the Pope’s new rules are a compassionate step to address the honest, heartfelt concerns of people who truly need them.
In this video, Senator Lankford, a Republican Senator from Oklahoma, stands up for the unborn on the Senate floor on July 16, 2015. Senator Lankford has introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood from government funding while investigations take place. Planned Parenthood receives over 500 million dollars in tax payer money.
Please let this video and the recent outcry of countless others in the media inspire you to speak out against the horrific practices of the abortion industry. Men have an important voice in this discussion. Don’t be fooled. This is not a woman’s issue. It is a human issue. Our society has become a place where children are not welcomed, and they are discarded like trash. The world needs to be reminded of the true beauty and joy that occurs when husbands and wives commit themselves daily to love creates and welcomes life.