This Oct. 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fátima. At Fátima, Portugal, Our Lady urged the shepherd children to pray the rosary daily to obtain peace for the world. In this time of crisis in marriage and family life, a daily family rosary — a daily rosary from all Catholics — for the strengthening of marriage and family is a powerful means of building peace in the world.
Do you want to form your mind in the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic moral tradition? My seven-hour online Introduction to Morality course is available now, so you can delve into the first few lessons while I continue to record and add materials.
The whole course will be complete by the end of May, when I finish teaching my live Intro to Morality course for the Archdiocese of Seattle’s deacon formation program. As of today, half the videos have been recorded, and about a quarter of them have been uploaded and are ready for you to watch. Lesson 1 is totally complete with a quiz and a handout; quizzes and handouts will soon be uploaded to accompany the rest of the videos available.
I hope you can join me as we delve into the riches of the Catholic moral tradition together. This is a great way to gain clarity and confidence in understanding the foundational principles behind specific moral teachings. This will help you understand and articulate what we believe as Catholics as you discuss moral issues with the people in your life. It’s great for committed Catholic adults looking to deepen their formation, parents, precocious high-schoolers (including homeschooled high school students), teachers, pastoral associates and parish volunteers. I’m thinking youth ministers in particular may want to check this out, too.
Your registration gives you access to the course for a full year, so you can move through the lessons at your own pace from anywhere you have internet.
Remember, listeners to Dr. Tom Curran’s “Sound Insight” program on Sacred Heart Radio have a discount code which reduces the price to $400, or $100 a month for four months, plus, 10% of the registration goes back to support Sacred Heart Radio. If you forgot the code we gave on-air, you can contact me through the button for the code. Just include the call number of your Catholic radio station and a few details about what you heard on air, and I’ll email you the code.
(You can also get the code from listening to the show recording online, once it’s posted.)
Parents, as your teens head back to school, you should know that this year they are at a greater risk than ever for encountering a toxic substance proven to traumatize the brain, impair concentration, decrease cognitive functioning, induce depression and anxiety, and reduce pleasure in everyday life. Rising in use each year, this substance is attacking our kids’ ability to learn, thrive and be happy. And you are the most powerful force in their lives to protect them from it. Continue reading “A Pervasive Toxin is Attacking Our Kids”
Happy Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola! He’s touched my life in many ways through the years. I attended a Jesuit high school for a year and a half, and had my intellect opened to the connections between art, literature, religion, and history during my collegio classes at Seattle Prep. When I moved to Anacortes part-way through high school, a wonderful old Jesuit serving in the San Juan Islands, Fr. Steckler, gave Catechism lectures at my parish. Blew my mind! I had no idea there was such depth and richness, such a coherent, logical system, such beauty, truth, and goodness illuminating the truths of the faith. May he rest in peace. What a great man. At that time, Fr. Spitzer also gave a talk at my parish about Marian devotion. (Before he made it big.) Later, Fr. Spitzer would be the president of Gonzaga University while I was there. Continue reading “Awesome Discipleship Program Based on St. Ignatius”
July 23-July 29 is the USCCB National NFP Awareness Week. This is a great time to raise awareness about NFP in your ministry or parish.
The Pill has been correlated with higher risks of certain forms of cancer, blood clotting, and lower libido. This new study from Denmark finds its correlates with increases rates of depression, especially among teen girls. Shouldn’t they develop a way for couples to manage their fertility in a way that respects womens’ bodies and doesn’t harm their health and wellbeing? They did! It’s called NFP.
“Tell me about your grandmother,” the director of vocations for an East Coast diocese asks the young man sitting on the other side of his desk for his initial interview at the chancery. He leans back in his chair to enjoy the response, knowing already what it will be.
“Oh, she is the most incredible woman,” the young man instantly lights up. “My grandmother is really special to me, and she is so strong in her Catholic faith. In fact, I think I owe my vocation to the priesthood to her,” he reflects. The vocations director nods knowingly. Every candidate for the priesthood that has come into his office has said the same thing.
Photo: Courtesy Carrie Anderson
“We had been craving community at St. Monica [Parish on Mercer Island], just wanting some kind of couple’s group,” Bill recounted. “Father Freitag was talking about the dissolution of marriages. … Divorce after divorce. It was on his heart that we need prayers for these marriages, and they need help. So it was something that was on our heart,” he told me.
Inspired during eucharistic adoration together, Bill and Carrie Anderson gathered a group of six couples from the parish to meet regularly for dinner about two years ago. They share wine, laughter and fellowship. After dinner, they pray a rosary. They meet in the spirit of the wedding at Cana, as indicated by their name, WOW: Wine Out of Water. (see John 2:1-11)
Bella has painful and irregular periods.
Anna suffers from endometriosis.
Marylin deals with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Pamela has acne.
They were all prescribed the birth control pill to control their symptoms.
But there is a better way! A way consistent with the dignity of women and authentic sexuality, a way that treats underlying causes and respects a woman’s total health, a way free of the Pill’s risks of depression, weight gain, nausea, cancer, blood clotting and early abortions.