Posted by Phil Lynch at 12:00 pm
I was just reading about the parents of St. Terese of Lisieux, since today October 1, is her feast day. They were extraordinary people. First her father, Louis Martin, wanted to become a priest, but was refused since he didn't know Latin. Her future mother wanted to join a convent but was likewise rejected. This was back in a time when people could be rejected because there were tons of vocations to the religious life.
So her mother, Marie-Azélie Guérin, known as Zélie, became a lace-maker, something she excelled at and opened her own business at the age of 22.
Louis and Zélie met in 1858 and married in July of that same year. At this is the amazing thing. At first, they decided to live celibately in order to devote themselves to God. However, after speaking with a priest, he discouraged them from doing this. Did they at this point end up having one or two children. Nope! They had 8. Unfortunately 3 of the children died early, but 5 daughters survived.
Here's the next amazing part: All 5 daughters became nuns! You can just imagine the level of piety and holiness in that family.
Sadly, Terese, the youngest, died at the age of just 24 years old of tuberculosis on September 30, 1897. She was canonized just 27 years later on May 17, 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Her parents were canonized as well, an extremely rare occurrence, some 90 years later, on October 18, 2015.
Clearly this family wanted to do everything possible to glorify God. What an amazing story.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 9:36 am
Posted by Phil Lynch at 9:20 am
St Jerome is a very important Saint in Catholic Church History. He was one of the four original doctors of the church and he translated the Bible which is in Hebrew and Greek into Latin and he was responsible for the Latin Vulgate Bible. Today is his feast day.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 7:45 am
St. Raphael is one of the 3 angels mentioned by name in the Bible. His name means "God Heals". Tons more information available here.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 8:00 am
So there's a big election coming up in the US. Two people, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Many people are wondering who to vote for. Well, the obvious answer is Trump.
Posted by Phil Lynch at 8:00 am
Some people are very concerned about the killing of animals, far more than the killing of humans in many cases. I’ve never yet met a person who is a vegetarian for moral reasons who wasn’t also pro-choice. It doesn’t really make sense. But then there are high profile cases of the killings of Cecil the Lion and Harambe the Gorilla. People get way more worked up about these than the killing of human beings.
It’s like I said before, just because people are not “religious” doesn’t mean they don’t have a religion. People replace true religion with things like science or animal activism or whatever. They are just as or far more dogmatic than religious people. Some people will say “oh I’m so tolerant and open and accepting and loving and I care for all of the earth’s creatures.” But then if you appear intolerant to them, they will not be so loving and open.
So the new religion is worshipping animals above humans. Watch how many people who have made public bad choices in their lives or have entered into unseemly lines of business become huge time animals rights activists.
So what’s the deal. First of all, humasn are designed to eat meat. Physiologically thi scan be seen, including with our digenstive system, teeth, etc. Plus, predators have eyes on the front and prey has eyes on the side. Where are our eyes? FRONT. So our creator made us to eat meat. That’s enough reason. On top of that, it’s good for you.
But that’s all fine, say critics, but what about cruelty to animals. New research shows, as William Lane Craig explains, although animals experience pain as such, they do not experience suffering the way we do. It’s kidn of like “I am in pain, must leave.” But there isn’t the same EXPERIENCE of pain. They don’t think about it existentially. I’ve obviously not explained this very well. But that’s a very messy gist of it.
The point is, God says to eat meat, and it’s good. It’s also fine to not eat meat. But don’t let people get on your back about it. Everyone eats living things. Some don’t eat root plants. How would a vegetarian feel being criticized by a Jain for eating a potato? Exactly!
Posted by Newfoundland Progressive at 2:00 pm
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