by Dr. Gerard Nadal (Catholic Lane)
To some of the finest people I’ve been privileged to know:
For decades I heard the call in prayer to stand up against the monstrous evil that has been unfolding in this nation since Roe v. Wade, which was handed down when I was twelve years old. For years I blinded myself to the horror welling up all about me. In part, the taunts of people outside of abortion clinics served to confuse my discernment. How could God be in such harsh and terrible language hurled at women about to do the unthinkable? For decades I simply could not wrap my mind around some of what I had heard in my youth.
So I sat it out on the sidelines and busied myself with becoming a scientist, husband, and father. I simply refused to consider the movement and tuned out anyone who approached me.… Read the rest
By Randy Hain (Article from integratedcatholiclife.org)
“Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.”
Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed in the face of the relentless assault on the Church, our beliefs, and our families by the media and modern culture? Is it difficult to stand up for what we believe? Do we ever feel like we can’t make a difference? Many Catholics I encounter are struggling through daily battles to live out their faith and protect their loved ones…all in the midst of a very difficult economic climate. It would be easy to throw in the towel and give up or remain silent, but that is not an option for us. We are called to do more. We are called to be holy: “Therefore in the Church, everyone whether belonging to the hierarchy, or being cared for by it, is called to holiness, according to the saying of the Apostle: ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification’” (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 39).… Read the rest
Human Exceptionalism, the belief that humans hold a unique status in the order of creation, has been the cornerstone of Western civilization.
This understanding of human life is attested to in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. And, as some rabbis contend, after it, the rest of scripture is merely dicta.
Science divides being into three categories, mineral, vegetable, and animal. At the top of the list in the last category is man. He is described as a rational animal. This makes humans unique and different from the brutes.
Mans’ special status was once strongly embedded in our culture. Our laws have been carefully crafted to reflect it. The Enlightenment enshrined this understanding in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1793). So too did the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Both were based on the natural law.… Read the rest
What do women want?
I’m a woman, so I feel qualified to answer this question. I cannot, of course, answer it definitively for every single member of my sex—but I think I’ve got a pretty good idea.
I think the people behind the Obamacare ad campaign on the DoYouGotInsurance.com website were asking the very same question when they created their advertisements. What do millennial women want—and, how can we show them that Obamacare can give them what they want?
Because, of course, that’s what all ad campaigns try to do. They realize that human beings are in a constant state of wanting something. If they play their cards right, they can manipulate us into believing that what they’re selling somehow corresponds to what we want.
What I find fascinating is that most of the Obamacare ads seem to be targeted at women and what they think we really desire.… Read the rest