From a brilliant, even prophetic, 1933 essay/chapter by Christopher Dawson titled “Christianity and Sex”, published in “Enquiries into Religion and Culture”:

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Leo XIII writes: ‘No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, ordained by God’s authority from the beginning. . . . Hence we have the Family, the society of a man’s house, a society limited in numbers, but no less a true society anterior to every kind of state and nation, invested with rights and duties of its own totally independent of the civil community.’ (Encyclical Rerum Novarum, 1891).

Hence, as Leo XIII pointed out elsewhere, in his encyclical on marriage (Encyclical Arcanum Diuinum, 1880), the alteration by the state of the fundamental laws that govern marriage and family life will ultimately lead to the ruin of society itself. No doubt the state will gain in power and prestige as the family declines, but state and society are not identical.

In fact the state is often most omnipotent and universal in its claims at the moment when society is dying, as we see in the last age of the Roman Empire. As the vital energy of society declined, the machinery of bureaucratic administration grew more vast and more complicated, until the wretched provincial was often glad to abandon his household and take refuge in the desert or among the barbarians in order to escape from the intolerable pressure exercised by the ubiquitous agents of the bureaucracy.

For the whole excellent essay by Christopher Dawson click here. This was first tweeted by Ignatius Insight

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Fr. Andrew Apostoli Goes to Meet His Lord

by Steve Ray on December 13, 2017

A good friend has gone to be with his Lord. Fr. Andrew Apostoli died in the early hours of December 13.

Many of us remember him joining us our Lourdes and Fatima pilgrimage in May of this year. He was a great teacher, a joy and a light for a lost world.

May God receive him quickly to glory. Thanks for all you did Fr. Andrew!

Watch his talk with us at Fatima, May 2017: https://youtu.be/o97fjIHJQ1I

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Fr. Andrew Apostoli Goes to Meet His Lord

by Steve Ray on December 13, 2017

A good friend has gone to be with his Lord. Fr. Andrew Apostoli died in the early hours of December 13.

Many of us remember him joining us our Lourdes and Fatima pilgrimage in May of this year. He was a great teacher, a joy and a light for a lost world.

May God receive him quickly to glory. Thanks for all you did Fr. Andrew!

Watch his talk with us at Fatima, May 2017: https://youtu.be/o97fjIHJQ1I

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Hey Steve: Jesus Taught us to Pray to the Father Alone, not Dead Saints

December 12, 2017

 Barry wrote in my combox today – in response to my post entitled “Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?”  Resources about Communion of the Saints.  I thought I would respond briefly. Barrry wrote: Would you please read the Lord’s prayer. Jesus prayed it. He was giving an example on how to pray. […]

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Does God Tempt Us to Sin? Should we Change the Words of the “Our Father” Prayer?

December 11, 2017

There are a lot of discussions this week about the Pope’s comments on the wording of the “Our Father” prayer, especially the line “Lead us not into temptation.” He said it gives the wrong impression — that God Himself leads us into sinful temptations. Of course, taken at face value without understanding the nuances of […]

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Messy Parenting will be a Big Help to Your Own Messy Family :-)

December 9, 2017

Do any parent out there understand the phrase “messy parenting”? Or is your family all sewed up, perfect and without a disruption? Ah, I thought so. There is an excellent podcast that has now also moved into video called “Messy Parenting.” It is the result of my good friends Michael and Alicia Hernon from Franciscan University of […]

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Security Issues in Israel – Safe to Go with Steve?

December 8, 2017

I was asked about the safety of Israel for our upcoming trips in December and January. Here is my response to the priest: No problems for our pilgrimages. I am taking 106 people in two weeks. The news seems more hype than reality. I expect it to blow over and you won’t even remember it […]

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A Baptist Friend Asks: The Bible Says “All have sinned” so how can Mary be Immaculate?

December 8, 2017

A Southern Baptist writes: I am a Southern  Baptist who has a lot of respect for the Catholic faith. The Immaculate Conception is a hard concept for me. Does it also include the belief that Mary never sinned? How does that pass muster with Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the […]

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Two Masses Over Christmas: Sunday and Monday. One Priest dispensed his people from Sunday Mass. Can he do that?

December 4, 2017

The Ray family will happily celebrate Mass on Christmas Eve (Sunday) and Christmas (Monday). Yeah, I know there is a lot going on. I know hams have to cook and presents be presented. But come on … it is the celebration of the birth of Our Savior! One priest thought he would make it easier […]

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Cardinal Burke on Confusion in the Church, “Perhaps we have arrived at the end times”

December 3, 2017

by Paolo Gambi posted Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 Cardinal Raymond Burke has been much in the news this past year. In November 2016, he and three other cardinals presented Pope Francis with the famous dubia – five questions regarding Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. Then the American cardinal became embroiled in a power struggle within the Order of […]

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Where Have All the Christmas Carols Gone?

December 2, 2017

I’m not that old. I’ll only be 63 years old this month but I still remember when the frosty month of December was filled with marvelous Christmas carols. It was like magic when the first snow covered the ground and the melodies sprang to life and everyone knew them, believed them and sang them with […]

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Picture of Morning Walk as Sun Arises

December 1, 2017

Out for our morning walk with my girlfriend of 41 years as the sun rises.

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My EWTN TV Show with Dr. Scott Hahn, Michael Hernon and Dr. Regis Martin

November 30, 2017

Here is the show aired a few weeks ago on EWTN. It was my appearance on the Franciscan University Presents with Dr. Scott Hahn, Michael Hernon and Dr. Regis Martin. It was a fun show about “Abraham: Father of Faith and Works” and the whole story of salvation. Enjoy!

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Muslim Palestinian Explains Why He Serves in Israeli Army

November 29, 2017

I know many other Arabs in Israel that feel the same way. It needs to be known to a wider audience.

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Archbishop Lucas’ Closing Remarks

November 27, 2017

 
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If God Is Dead, Who Will Replace Him?

November 25, 2017

Malcolm Muggeridge said (@malmuggeridge) “If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place. It will be megalomania or erotomania, the drive for power or the drive for pleasure, the clenched fist or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner.”

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