Novena to Saint Joseph: Second Day

By John M. DeJak / March 12, 2012 /

There is always a cause for the choices God makes. Out of the long procession of men through history, God selected Joseph to be the husband of Mary and the protector of the Saviour. Joseph’s youth was one of stainless virtue. His young manhood was marked by deep religious faith and a burning desire to…

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Novena to Saint Joseph: First Day

By John M. DeJak / March 11, 2012 /

The man nearest to Christ Jesus was His foster father, Joseph the carpenter. John the Baptist saw Christ briefly near the Jordan and knew that his work as Precursor was over. The Apostles lived and worked with Christ during the brief days of His public life. But Joseph presided over the events of Christ’s Infancy,…

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Living A Catholic Life: What the Ratzinger Family Can Teach Us

By John M. DeJak / March 4, 2012 /

March 1, 2012 saw the publication in English of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger’s new book My Brother, the Pope. Media outlets have widely reported this ultimate insider’s view of Pope Ratzinger and have published excerpts from the book. Of particular interest to this writer was Msgr. Ratzinger’s recollections of his childhood with his younger brother. The…

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Spaceballs, Babylon, and the Lenten Sacrifice

By Adam E. Frey / February 21, 2012 /

by Guest Author, Major Adam E. Frey Like many Catholics, you may be making a last-minute scramble to choose a Lenten sacrifice.  But in the rush to make your public penance, have you considered why you make this yearly ritual?  Believe it or not, you might get a better understanding of the Lenten sacrifice by…

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Of Lent Past, when Fasts Meant Fast, see what we’ve lost

By John B. Manos / February 17, 2012 /

From time to time I think there’s merit to re-evaluate where we are today against practices of the past. To comb the deposit of faith for gems that can illumine why we do things. Now that pre-lent is nearly gone, and we enter lent proper, I’m posting some passages about lent published in 1890 for your edification.…

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We Need a Miracle to Solve the Obamacare Mandates

By John B. Manos / February 14, 2012 /

Yesterday’s Gospel had the Pharisees asking Our Lord for a sign to prove that He was God. That Gospel ends noting that He and the Apostles left them and got into a boat. Then, in today’s Gospel, we hear that the Apostles “had forgotten to bring bread.” They must have been showing their disappointment and…

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Obama’s “Accommodation”

By Charles E. Rice / February 12, 2012 /

The February 10th statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops noted that President Obama, in revising his health care mandate, “has decided to retain HHS’s nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients.” His decree “would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in…

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The HHS Mandate: Obama Regime Claims the Prerogative of God

By Charles E. Rice / February 5, 2012 /

On January 20, 2012, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ordered that, effective August 1, 2012, health insurance must cover preventive services including all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity, without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible. “Nonprofit employers,” said Sebelius, “who, based…

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The Supreme Court and the Natural Law

By wffguest / February 3, 2012 /

In a recent commentary, Mr. John DeJak makes a clarion call to moor applied law to natural law via metaphysics. A clarion call it should be since applied constitutional law has in my view never been tethered to the natural law except by the narrowest of strands. In fact, the words “natural law” have not…

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Waking the Sleeping Giant

By John M. DeJak / January 28, 2012 /

One of the more memorable (and apocryphal) quotes to come out of the Second World War was the quote of Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto, the Japanese commander and mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the attack he was supposed to have said: “I fear all we have done is wake a sleeping giant and…

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