Las Sagradas Escrituras y los Padres de la Iglesia hablan claramente del Anticristo que aparecerá en los últimos tiempos, aunque los teólogos hayan debatido a lo largo de la historia sobre su naturaleza. ¿Pudiera ser que llegada esa hora del mundo existiese también una “Antimaría”?
What, then, would an antimary movement look like, exactly? Well, these women would not value children. They would be bawdy, vulgar, and angry. They would rage against the idea of anything resembling humble obedience or self-sacrifice for others. They would be petulant, shallow, catty, and overly sensuous. They would also be self-absorbed, manipulative, gossipy, anxious, and ambitious. In short, it would be everything that Mary is not.
For decades, devoting one’s life to being a stay-at-home mom was considered socially backward. Now, however, more and more women with lucrative careers and ample opportunities are leaving it all to stay at home with their children. Some are taking advantage of the internet or part-time options and still working, while others are simply content just being “mom.” There has been a cost, however, to all the decades of denigrating motherhood to second-class status.
In 1906, a sociologist pointed out that a civilization can’t regenerate itself without spiritual adulthood. Without parents who pass on to their children the keys to spiritual maturity, a civilization simply cannot thrive or survive.
Recently, much attention has been given to the 1571 Battle of Lepanto, where the outnumbered Christian alliance defeated the Muslim Turks, protecting Europe from the further spread of Islam. As I’ve discovered while researching a new book, this battle was certainly miraculous and should be a great sign of hope for us living in these uncertain times, but it is part of a much larger (and lesser-known) story that has a fascinating connection to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
One hotelier has taken the notion of silence to heart, tapping into that deep hunger created by our chaotic world. Marcello Murzilli has opened a new high-end hotel near Orvieto, Italy, that turns the idea of luxury on its head. Called Eremito, the hotel emphasizes silence in a monastic sort of way – no wifi, no phones, no TVs, no minibars.
As the presidential election looms, now seems like a good time to pray for our country. There is no doubt that America is in an unprecedented struggle – a struggle that goes well beyond the election, but to something much deeper.
In her diary, St. Faustina speaks of praying for her own country of Poland and calling upon Jesus’s mercy to hold back the hand of his justice. She says, “I often pray for Poland, but I see that God is very angry with it because of its ingratitude. ... I constantly remind God of promises of His mercy. When I see His anger, I throw myself trustingly into the abyss of His mercy, and I plunge all Poland in it, and then He cannot use His justice.” (Paragraph 1188)
Described as “desperation catches”, “stunning feats”, “improbable plays”, Hail Marys and football have a long history together. This past Saturday’s game between the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia is just yet another reminder of Mary’s last minute intercession.
But what does this have to do with our election? While the 40 day campaign is set to end just two days shy of election day, the bigger issue is our leadership. Polls are showing that dissatisfaction with the two candidates for president is widespread, with voters in both parties unhappy with their candidate. Many are asking how out of all the people in the county, the race has narrowed down to these two. But for one priest, the answer to such a question was no mystery.
Shortly after I got married, a good priest gave me some sage advice: look at all your daily frustrations as a source of holiness. Later that day, my husband did something that irritated me, so I said to him through clenched teeth: “You are making me so holy right now.” Of course, this made us both laugh.
In his book Man Enough, Dr. Frank Pittman explained that men who fear fatherhood fail to understand that they don’t need to be perfect to be a father; rather, child-raising tends to make them better men.
This insight applies also to mothers, who acquire certain virtues through giving birth and raising a child.