The path to death promoted on Facebook

A Facebook friend posted the meme above on her Facebook page.

As readers of this blog might suspect, I have trouble not making a comment on silly, dishonest memes like this. So here is what I said:

“And He told us to lead our brothers and sisters away from sin and towards the path to holiness, which is the path to life.”

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God permits evil

A Quiner’s Diner reader wondered, then, what the prophet Isaiah meant when he said:

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)

To get the answer, let’s turn to another church doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, perhaps the greatest Christian philosopher ever (and my patron saint). He suggests that we need to distinguish between evils of fault and evils of penalty…

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May the Prince of Peace dry our tears

If God is real, if God is Love, how can He allow so many innocent people to be butchered like this?

That doesn’t seem very loving, does it?

St. Augustine formulated the dilemma this way:

If God is all-good, he would will all good and no evil.

And if God were all-powerful, he would accomplish everything he wills.

But evil exists as well as good.

Therefore, either God is not all-powerful, or not all-good, or both…

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Our hearts are restless

By Karen Quiner All of us have an empty spot in us that can only be filled by God. We spend our lives trying to fill it with money, things, food, booze, drugs, sex, power. As soon as we get the things that we think will fill the hole in our hearts, we are left…

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Why I’m Catholic

Bread and wine consecrated by a Catholic priest becomes Christ, not in a symbolic sense but in reality.

The Church teaches that Christ’s Body, Soul, and Divinity are fully present in the Eucharist and provides our soul with the spiritual nourishment that draws us toward sainthood and salvation.

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A lust for lust

Sex is in the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just revealed that sexually transmitted disease has reached epidemic levels with 110 million Americans having contracted a STD, about a third of the nation. This, by the way, comes in an era when “protected sex” has been promoted over, and over, and over again.
Half of the new infections took place in our youth (15 to 24 year olds).
If anyone would understand this lust for, well, lust, it would be St. Augustine. As Archbishop Sheen said about this beloved Catholic saint …

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