Chapter nine shares Paul’s sorrow that many Israelites will not make it to heaven. He goes on to explain that the heritage of Abraham was not meant through bloodline or DNA, but by God calling us as chosen children of God. Being a child of God is not something we made happen. God offered this freely, and we have a choice to accept this gift or not. Continue reading
This week will begin the month of November. We end October with a secular holiday of Halloween and begin the new month of November with All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. Halloween started as a pagan feast day that demanded a sacrifice to the pagan gods. The priests of the old Irish pagan religion demanded a sacrifice from the harvest. They would knock on every door demanding the food for sacrificing to the pagan gods. When the person opened the door they would say, “trick or treat,” meaning, get us the food for sacrifice or we will put a curse on you. Not my idea of a great holiday. Continue reading
The second apparition (June 13, 1917) Our Lady of Fatima reiterated the importance of the rosary and added a devotion to her Immaculate Heart in reparation of the offenses to her Immaculate Heart. In the July apparition, again was reiterated the importance of the 5 decade rosary prayed daily and offered to Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain Peace in the world.
This is a very informative article that I am sure many have questions about. I hope it helps. Though it does suggest Yoga to relax at the end, I do not suggest Yoga because of it’s attachment to an entirely other religion. Stretching would be fine.
Q. Pot smoking is legal in my state. I know pot is a bridge drug to other worse drugs. But I was wondering if occasionally smoking it is okay. My parish priest says there’s nothing wrong with it, so long as I don’t get dependent. What do you think? Thanks, Rahl.
A. I think your priest’s advice is misguided. The simple answer to the title question is: Although it is sometimes morally licit to smoke pot for purposes of healing, it is never licit to smoke it to get high?
“Brain Altering Substances” (BAS)
Medicine uses the term “therapeutic” to refer to something related to facilitating good physical or psychological functioning. Using BAS for therapeutic reasons is using them to obtain real human goods. But most BAS also have harmful effects, which mustn’t be the reason we choose them. In the words of moral theology, we mustn’t intend those effects as ends or means.
We all use BAS sometimes for therapeutic reasons, and many of us use them daily. We drink a cup of coffee or cola for an energy boost; we have a glass of wine to calm feelings of stress after a long day at work; we take antidepressants to ameliorate blue mood, or melatonin or Ambien to help quiet the sleep centers in our brain; we take analgesics to assist with back pain; and occasionally we take very powerful narcotics such as morphine to help relieve severe pain. Each of these can be done quite innocently, as each can be a way of realizing genuine human goods.
Marijuana is a BAS, which too, doctors tell us, can have therapeutic effects. Physicians sometimes prescribe it to…
This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.
Continuing with the series of catecheses on the Commandments, in his address in Italian the Pope focused his meditation on: “Do not kill” according to Jesus (Biblical passage from the Gospel according to Matthew 5:21-24). …
Inspired to offer up all his sufferings to Jesus for the salvation of sinners, Francesco said this prayer, “My God, we offer you all these sufferings and sacrifices! It is an act of reparation for the conversion of Sinners.” At the first apparition, Our Lady of Fatima told the children to Say the rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war. (5 decade rosary each day)