Love, Sex, and the Cross

Being chaste until and within marriage, committing day in and day out to the self-giving and self-denial that lifelong marriage and child-rearing require of us, being open to God’s gift of new life in a generous and responsible way, and in this day and age, even carrying to term an unexpected child — these are difficult tasks, and our fallen nature rebels against them.

The world recognizes this natural rebellion, our desire to express human love in sexual intimacy, to seek pleasure and run from pain, to fulfill our own needs and desires while giving ill-attention to the needs and desires of others — in a word, to live our lives for ourselves.
Mistaking these desires for human nature — rather than fallen human nature — the world’s response is to laugh at Church teaching, to make a mockery of the Church and her seemingly archaic rules on sex and marriage, because they are so difficult, because they require so much of us.
Yet those who seek to follow the way of Our Lord understand that much is required of us. This is precisely the point. God calls us out of our fallenness, out of our self-centeredness and pleasure-seeking, to follow the way of perfection, to live in a way that is, by natural means, difficult — at times, even impossible. Many complain that Church teachings on sex and marriage are unrealistic, that the Church is out of touch. If we were meant to live by human means alone, to follow these teachings on our own strength, I would say the world’s complaints were absolutely right. Indeed, by my own strength, I failed at almost every one of them.

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What the Mass is … and is not


“Mass is not a lesson or a class, or a primary form for the exchange of information.

“The primary point (of Mass) is not to understand it for the information conveyed. The primary point is to be present with your heart and soul as our lady St. Mary and St. John were present at the foot of the cross.”

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Archbishop Dolan: No honors for pro-abortion Catholic politicians

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has told a New York television station that pro-abortion Catholic politicians will not receive honors at events like the Al Smith dinner.

“Everybody’s welcome,” said Archbishop Dolan. “There’s a difference between being welcome and providing someone who is dramatically, radically, publicly at odds with the Church on a particularly given issue to have a place of prominence and receive an award.”

Commenting on the scandals surrounding New York Governor David Paterson– a pro-abortion Catholic– Archbishop Dolan added, “There’s something to be said for our American way of doing things, that character, integrity, personality have something to say and that the American people expect their elected officers, and by the way their church leaders, so we are not immune to it either, to be people of integrity, of justice, of fairness and of good character.”

Article courtesy of CatholicCulture.Org

Harry Potter star hates those who are intolerant of homosexuals

According to Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter movie series,

“I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals,” he added. “Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it.”

(Editor’s note: Kind of misses the whole point of tolerance, doesn’t he?)

… today, half of all black children are aborted.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A Republican member of Congress has released a new video showing him talking about the status of abortion in the United States. Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona republican, is generating controversy by saying that abortion has been more devastating for the black community than slavery.

Franks, who has sponsored legislation responding to the high rate of abortions in the African-American community, released his comments to liberal blogger Mike Stark.

“In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long,” Frank says. Nowadays, he says Americans look back and ask about society for allowing it: “What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul.”

“And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted,” Franks continues.

“Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?” he adds.

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Enough of the homosexual nonsense, already!

Promoters of homosexual rights now claim that the Catholic priest/child-abuse scandal has totally discredited both the Catholic priesthood and the Church, but at the same time, they (falsely) deny that the majority of the priests involved in the scandal were themselves, homosexual.

All this is just more proof that homosexuality is and has always been extremely corrosive to the fabric of society. ANY society!

When the late ‘60’s, post-Vatican II Catholic Church relaxed the standards for seminarians (and permitted homosexuals to run those seminaries) the seeds of destruction were sown.

The result was a virtual collapse of traditional Catholic orthodoxy, chaos in catechesis, widespread birth control, abortion, divorce and other forms of sexual immorality.

If you liked watching all the psychological and financial pain that was part and parcel of the priest/child-abuse scandal, just wait and see what happens to the U.S. military, if the homosexuals get their way!

Anyone who understands the homosexual mindset knows that everything must always be all about them and about what they so desperately want, no matter the consequences … and if prompt and total public approval of their perverted lifestyle choices is not immediately forthcoming, there’s no end to the tantrums.

Politicians, artists, Hollywood types, writers and teachers are particularly afflicted with the homosexual disorder, and even if “straight”, they remain extraordinarily amenable, sensitive and vulnerable to homosexual demands, so it’s up to the rest of us to stand up for the truth.

If history proves one thing, it’s that no society whose fabric has been torn apart by homosexual lies, perversions and outright fabrications, can properly function for very long.

Any expansion of homosexual rights is a slippery slope that can only lead to Hell. And you won’t necessarily have to die to go there, since if the homosexuals have their way, we will soon have our very own version of Hell, right here on earth.

That’s the type of misery active homosexuals choose to deal with every single day, and that’s precisely what they want for you and your children.

In their eyes, it’s only fair!

For a comprehensive report on this matter, including all the authentic facts and figures, as opposed to the fanciful exaggerations and lies that have been spread so often and for so long by homosexuals and their allies in the homosexual-friendly media, go here.

Chastity – A Catholic Truth for Catholic Youth

What does Chastity mean?
by Father Gerard Monaghan

Most people believe that being chaste means that one is not sexually active. WRONG!!!

There are many people living good chaste lives who have healthy and vibrant sex lives. It should be noted that they are married. That’s right, even married people are called to be chaste. As a matter of fact, chastity has more to do with fidelity than it does with foregoing sexual experiences. The essence of chastity is being faithful to one’s state in life. Therefore, for a married couple, it means saving their physical expression of love for their spouse, exclusively.

What does chastity mean for the single person?

For the single person it means the same thing. If you think this is crazy, stick with the tour and see for yourself. Sexual intercourse, despite what the media would indicate, is not an indoor sport. It is the ULTIMATE expression of love between a husband and wife. Sexual intercourse, despite what the media would indicate, is not merely a physical act.

It is the total self-giving of one person to another. It is so intimate that it is an emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical experience.

It is so profound that it strengthens and completes the bond of marriage.

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