NCR: Have Women You Love Left the Faith? Here’s Why

I recently spoke on Catholic Answers about Mary and the modern woman. A man called in asking about his daughter, saying that although he homeschooled her and taught her the catechism, at 17, she now had little regard for the Church. It was clear he was struggling with how he had failed her. Based on what he told me, this concerned dad was not the problem. 

Posted on November 20, 2017 .

Catholic Answers with Cy Kellett

Cy Kellett and I discussed, perhaps the challenge of our age, Mary and the Modern Woman.

(For the record, that is Douglas Beaumont pictured in the photo, not me.)

Posted on November 8, 2017 .

Thriving in the Trenches Podcast: Women Living The Marian Option

There is a lot of confusion in the world about what it means to be a woman. I sat down with Becky Carter and Megan Schrieber, the hosts of Thriving the Trenches, to discuss womanhood/motherhood through more of a Marian Option lens. Yes, thinking of Mary as a model for our lives today, may see like a stretch, but it is one well worth making once we can see a way back to her.

Listen in!

 

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Posted on October 29, 2017 .

ANGELUS: In a Chaotic World, a Simple Solution: The Rosary

In our complex modern world, our problems look terribly complicated, so it is easy to assume that their solutions must be equally complex. The Marian option might appear to be simple — perhaps too simple — but simplicity is not the same as superficiality. Many things that seem simple can be incredibly powerful, efficacious and surprisingly profound. The love between a mother and her children is one of these things. We understand this on a human level. How much greater it must be when Mary — the Mother of God — is also our mother.

Posted on October 4, 2017 .

NCR: Catholicism Brings Order to Your Soul, But Only If You Let It

Most people living outside of deep faith have a negative perception of what it means to be a Catholic: strict, stuck in past, rigid, medieval, and hypocritical are some the kinder terms often used. Others use more unprintable descriptions that generally say more about those who have been unfaithful to Church teaching than faithful to it. Sadly, the view from the outside is dramatically different than the view from the inside.

Posted on September 29, 2017 .

Litany of Light in Spanish: Letanías de la Luz

Dr. Luis Del Valle in Guatemala has kindly translated the Litany of Light into Spanish.

Letanías de la Luz

V. Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

R. Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

V. Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, escúchanos.

R. Cristo, escúchanos con gracia.

 

Dios, Padre celestial, Ten piedad de nosotros

Dios, Hijo, Redentor del mundo, Ten piedad de nosotros

Dios, Espíritu Santo, Ten piedad de nosotros.

Trinidad Santa que sois un solo Dios, Ten piedad de nosotros.

 

Cristo, Luz del Mundo, escúchanos.

Santa Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros.

Madre del Nuevo Amanecer, ruega por nosotros.

 

Santísima Trinidad, fuente de toda luz, ilumina la oscuridad en nuestro mundo.

A las mentes de aquellos que están oscurecidos por el pecado, tráeles tu luz.

A los corazones de los que están atrapados por la pornografía, tráeles tu luz.

A aquellos que sufren depresión o enfermedad mental, tráeles tu luz.

A las almas esclavizadas por el abuso de sustancias, tráeles tu luz.

A aquellos que están sobrecargados por la atracción por el mismo sexo, tráeles tu luz.

A aquellos dominados por la ansiedad y el miedo, tráeles tu luz.

A los corazones de los que lloran, tráeles tu luz.

A las almas y cuerpos de los abusadores y los abusados, tráeles tu luz.

A aquellos que no tienen lugar para llamar a casa, tráeles tu luz.

A los que intentan matar en el nombre de Dios, tráeles tu luz.

A las clínicas de aborto, tráeles tu luz.

A los burdeles y lugares de tráfico humano, tráeles tu luz.

A los hospitales, farmacias y residencias de ancianos, tráeles tu luz.

A las aulas donde se propaga desesperación, confusión y falsedad, tráeles tu luz.

A las calles violentas e infestadas de drogas, tráeles tu luz.

A territorios devastados por la guerra, tráeles tu luz.

A las tierras oscurecidas, inundadas o destruidas por desastres naturales, tráeles tu luz.

Dondequiera que haya confusión, desesperación, soledad e ira, tráeles tu luz.

 

San José, ruega por nosotros.

Santa María Magdalena, ruega por nosotros.

Santa Lucía, ruega por nosotros.

San Agustín, ruega por nosotros.

Santa Hildegarda de Bingen, ruega por nosotros.

Santa Clara, ruega por nosotros.

San Alberto Magno, ruega por nosotros.

Santo Tomás de Aquino, ruega por nosotros.

San Buenaventura, ruega por nosotros.

Todos los coros de los ángeles, rueguen por nosotros.

María, Luz en la oscuridad, ruega por nosotros.

 

V. Luz del Mundo, que quitas los pecados del mundo,

R. perdónanos, Señor.

V. Luz del Mundo, que quitas los pecados del mundo,

R. Escúchanos con gracia, Señor.

V. Luz del Mundo, que quitas los pecados del mundo,

R. ten piedad de nosotros, Señor.

Amen

 

Imprimatur: The Most Reverend Liam Cary, Bishop of Baker, Oregon

Posted on September 27, 2017 .

NCR: This Litany is a Remedy for the Darkness of the World

So there in the darkness in the wee hours of the night, the thought hit me that even if I can’t go to these places and help, I could ask the Source of all light to go to them. I realized that I could send Christ to illuminate the very dark corners of the earth. The Litany of Light below is the fruit of these meager prayers.

Posted on September 25, 2017 .

NCR: We All Suffer, but Not All Suffering is the Same

Recently, on EWTN’s Franciscan University Presents, Regis Martin and Scott Hahn said lovely things about an analysis on suffering that I’d written in my book Nudging Conversions. “Where did you steal that?“ Martin asked, with a smile on his face. 

Surprised by his question, I gave credit for the idea to the Holy Spirit. It was a framework I’d come to see suffering through over many years and sort of thought it was obvious. But as I learned from Martin and Hahn that day, it isn’t as obvious as I thought.

Recently, on EWTN’s Franciscan University Presents, Regis Martin and Scott Hahn said lovely things about an analysis on suffering that I’d written in my book Nudging Conversions. “Where did you steal that?“ Martin asked, with a smile on his face. 

Surprised by his question, I gave credit for the idea to the Holy Spirit. It was a framework I’d come to see suffering through over many years and sort of thought it was obvious. But as I learned from Martin and Hahn that day, it isn’t as obvious as I thought.

Posted on September 12, 2017 .

NCR: Women Don’t Need to Look Far to Know God’s Will

There is a deep chasm today between the cultural understanding of woman and the Church’s model of the ideal woman, the Virgin Mary. The gap between the two is so wide that it is almost laughable to suggest in secular circles that Mary isn’t an obstacle but a guide to true happiness. How, then, can we narrow this gulf? How can we recapture Mary as a model? 

Posted on September 8, 2017 .

The Federalist: The Patriarchy Has Been Replaced By A Stifling Matriarchy

We women appreciate that others work hard to provide us new selections every season. What we may not realize, however, is that the marketplace of ideas works like the fashion industry. Instead of elite designers, the political and social elite—the matriarchy—provide the parameters about what we think. Instead of skirt lengths and eye-shadow hues, they suggest intellectual trends that we scarcely know are being dictated to us through every possible avenue, from women’s magazines to popular daytime television and, especially, mainstream media.

Posted on September 7, 2017 .