Humility

“In humility there is mirrored the central mystery of the process of our transformation – the mystery that our Lord has put into these words: ‘Unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
Dietrich von Hildebrand

For Reflection:
What “fruit” have some of my “dying” moments brought forth? To what extent did I see transformation in my life or in the life of others because of it? How does this give me the strength to persevere now and in the future?

Biden Backpedals on Comments About China’s One-Child Policy

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

After several days of harsh criticism about a comment he made during his China visit about not “second-guessing” that country’s brutal one-child policy, the office of Vice President Joe Biden has issued a “clarification” with the hopes of stemming the mounting backlash. 

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Government Web Site Tells Parents: “Children are Sexual Beings”

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now offering sex education advice to the public, such as telling teens it’s okay to experiment with homosexuality and assuring parents that even infants are “sexual beings” and therefore curious about their bodies.

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Humility

“It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. When it is honest, and realizes what it has done, and returns, it makes ever- increasing progress in our Lord’s service.”
St. Teresa of Avila

For Reflection:
While this quote does not give me permission to sin, it does help me to see that God works all things to the good, and even my mistakes can be an occasion for spiritual growth. About what one situation, circumstance, failing, fault, or sin does this speak most to me about today? I will praise God for His love and never failing mercy.

Back to School Novena

If you watch the evening news, you surely caught wind of the story of a 17 year old high school student who evidently planned to kill 32 people at Freedom High School, which is located right here in the Tampa Bay Area, where our offices are located.  Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor  said that authorities found pipe bomb-making materials and a manifesto containing the student’s  minute-by-minute plan for the massacre, in which he detailed each murder he intended to commit. 

Needless to say, parents, teachers, and students in Tampa and around the country were shocked and worried.  If that weren’t enough, just days later, a teacher from the same high school was accused of having sex with a 16 year old student at the school. 

Both of these stories are very disturbing.  I believe that we are only seeing the tip of the iceburg and that as economic and social conditions worsen, we will be the unfortunate witnesses of these societal ills which are rooted in the loss of respect for the human person and human sexuality, the degeneration of marriage and family life, and a general loss of morality.  These are the plagues of our time. Read the rest…

Altar Girl Decision Sparks Controversy

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A decision by the rector of S.S. Simon and Jude Cathedral in the Diocese of Phoenix to restrict altar servers to boys in order to encourage vocations is drawing flak from the usual dissenting groups within the Church and the print publications that give them way too much ink.

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“Teacher of the Year” Suspended for Supporting Traditional Marriage

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Even though the state of Florida’s constitution outlaws same-sex marriage, school officials at Mount Dora High School stripped a former “Teacher of the Year” recipient for defending traditional marriage on his personal Facebook page.

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