Notre Dame’s Fr. Jenkins Wants to “Dialogue” When He Should Condemn

By wffguest / January 22, 2012 /

(picture courtesy of the Associated Press) The declining reputation of the flagship Catholic university in the United States continues. Since Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. cozied up with the most pro-abortion President in United States history two years ago, the University–in the person of her President–has been an open apologist for the leader of a post-Christian…

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Metaphysics and Contraception

By John M. DeJak / January 17, 2012 /

Recently a class of high school seniors that I teach read St. Thomas Aquinas’s “Treatise on Law” from his magisterial Summa Theologiae. The students struggled through the work and great discussion was sparked over the topic of law generally and the natural law specifically. In leading the class through the discussion with several of my…

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The Feast of the Epiphany–A House Blessing

By John M. DeJak / January 5, 2012 /

(Many local parishes will provide the faithful with blessed chalk and incense. If your parish does not offer this, approach your priest and ask him to bless a piece of chalk for this traditional house blessing and devotion.) The family gathers around the crib with lighted candles and recites the following prayers.   All: A…

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A Priest’s Perspective on Fallen Away Catholics

By wffguest / January 4, 2012 /

Editor’s Note:  Fr. George Welzbacher is a priest’s priest.  He is the pastor of the Church of St. John in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The longtime history professor, pastor, and commentator still continues to educate well into his 60th year of being a priest.  Fr. John Zuhlsdorf recently paid tribute to him on the occasion of the…

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Family Devotions for the Feast of the Holy Family

By John M. DeJak / December 30, 2011 /

Almighty and Eternal God, your fatherly tenderness never ceases to provide for our needs. We ask you to bestow on this our family the riches of your blessing. With the gift of your grace sanctify our family so that, faithful to your commandments, we will care for each other, give example to the world by…

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From a Christmas Homily of Saint Ambrose

By John M. DeJak / December 29, 2011 /

Consider the beginnings of the nascent Church. Christ is born and the shepherds have begun their vigil. They round up the flocks of the nations, nations that formerly lived like cattle. They gather them into the Lord’s enclosure, lest these flocks suffer the assaults of spiritual wild beasts lurking concealed in the night’s darkness. And…

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Plenitudo temporis

By John M. DeJak / December 26, 2011 /

Ed. Note. The Wanderer Forum Foundation is pleased to be able to present to you the homily of Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas for Christmas 2011 at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan. We would like to acknowledge Father’s generosity in sharing this and we reproduce it here for your edification as you continue in your…

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Is America Just a Protestant Botch?

By John M. DeJak / December 16, 2011 /

Read the latest from WFF Board Member Chris Manion. (Hat tip: Crisis Magazine)

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The Empire Builder (or, What I Saw on the Train)

By John M. DeJak / December 13, 2011 /

Trains and Christmas go together. It has been so—at least in the United States—since the early part of the 20th century. It is not unusual to see a train encircling the Christmas tree, or to read a Christmas story or watch a Christmas movie with people traveling by train. There is a certain romance bound…

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Christmas as Real History

By Charles E. Rice / December 9, 2011 /

Ed. Note. In this 2005 article authored by WFF President Charles E. Rice, he suggests to Notre Dame students and to all of us a new approach in considering Christmas. In the face of the secularization that continues to get worse with each passing year and in the midst of an increasingly hostile federal government…

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