The Pope’s top Cardinal calls Ireland’s gay marriage vote a “defeat for humanity” 

The second-most senior official in Vatican City has issued a statement regarding Ireland’s historic vote in favor of full marriage equality for gay, lesbian and bisexual citizens, and it’s not exactly an inquiry as to where the Emerald Isle’s same-sex partners plan on registering. This isn’t what young Catholics want to hear.

For me, the religious life is about deep listening to the needs around us. The question becomes, ‘Am I responding in generosity? Am I responding in selfishness? Am I responding in a way that builds up people around me, that builds me up, that is respectful of who I am?’ All of those questions are at the heart of how we discern best steps forward.
—  Sr. Simone Campbell

Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and take more than you were ever willing to give.
“If one were to consider how much Jesus has suffered, one would not commit the smallest sin.” -Saint Gianna Molla
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In sum, the narrative trajectory of the Old Testament shows that not all marital arrangements were equal. Only the male + female arrangement was part of how God designed the world to run in its ideal, unfallen, state. All other forms found in the textual record, as well as the degradation of the male + female arrangement, emerged in the fallen world as consequences of the world’s and human beings’ fallen qualities. The male + female form of marriage was, therefore, the normative form from which all other forms deviated and devolved. Thus, the variety of marital forms in the Old Testament cannot be used to support the notion that alternative forms of marriage, such as same-sex unions, do not deviate from a biblical norm.

The Immaculata must conquer the whole world for herself, and each individual soul as well, so that she can bring all back to God. This is why we must acknowledge her for what she is, and submit to her reign, which is all gentleness.
—  St. Maximilian Kolbe

Can we talk about this picture for a sec? Just a real quick sec?

It’s a picture of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, the Visitation (obviously). Yes, it’s from the Nativity Story movie.

But look at those two. We know that John literally jumped in his mother’s womb when Mary approached (Lk 1:41). Can you imagine, especially you mothers, the child inside you leaping at the sound of somebody’s voice? Even as a teeny little baby in Elizabeth’s womb, John knew his Lord and Savior was approaching.

Can you imagine Mary, with her quiet faith and just starting to accept that fact that God was inside of her? Here is her cousin, much older than she, running up to her saying, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk1:42-43)

Obviously they are both filled with joy and we can imagine Elizabeth reaching out to feel her Lord in Mary’s stomach. Look at how beautiful and tender and joyful that moment was. Pure joy radiating on their faces.

Both of them, docile to the Lord’s will. Complete trust, even when circumstances are unusual (Mary’s virginal conception and Elizabeth’s aged one), in their Lord. Neither of them seeking their own gain, but all for the glory of God.

Look at Mary’s face. She knows she carries God in her womb. We can imagine that when she was with Elizabeth, she started to understand more fully the magnitude of who was inside of her. What sort of impact Jesus would make. It probably started to hit her that her Son would change the world. Forever.

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE the Visitation.

The value of prayer at the heart of conversion and vocation is one that is consistent from seminarian to seminarian. Some credit the prayer of their families, others have been led closer to the Lord through the witness of His saints. Every seminarian welcomes the prayers of the faithful, as he progresses through seminary and as he approaches ordination.

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