- Feb 21, 2020
The canonization of Fatima visionaries Jacinta and Francisco Marto will put the spotlight on the heroic holiness possible in children. Austin Ruse hopes it will “open the floodgates” in allowing other saintly children to be canonized. He highlights three children of this generation who lived lives of heroic virtue in his new book ‘Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ.’
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas recently decided that parishes in his archdiocese would stop hosting Girl Scout troops, affiliating instead with the American Heritage Girls. In a Crux interview, he said it’s indicative of “an increasingly hostile secular culture, which is promoting things very different from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our vision of the human person.”
In our culture today we may too easily start to think that it’s imperative to have children who are biologically “our own” – as if children were ever simply ours. We all need to be reminded that our biological children are not simply our own. They are gifts, given into our care. The fact of adoption should teach those of us who are parents of biologically related children what being a parent actually means.
In an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, Anthony L. Lilles – author of “Fire from Above,” and academic dean of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – talks about the deeper life of prayer. Among other things, she says that when God comes to us in prayer and reveals the immensity of His love, it’s the finest moment in our lives, and one minute in this kind of prayer does more good in the world than anything else we can do.
Sister Carol Keehan of the Catholic Health Association says a proposal by President Donald Trump to overhaul the health care reform enacted under Obama amounts to an “unconscionable” transfer of $880 billion from the poor to the rich. She also says she has no idea what Trump’s team may do about the contraception mandates that were part of the Obama measure.