Destructive Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Destructive Freedom “…True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with licence to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference …

Two Saints and How To Use Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July A Saint Who Experienced The Loss of All Worldly Freedoms and Used the True Freedom She Had Wisely Edith Stein was a brilliant woman who converted to the Catholic Faith, became a Carmelite nun, and was put to death at Auschwitz since she was Jewish. She knew the errors of the state …

Freedom of Conscience

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Thoughts on Conscience Still Applicable Today Conscience has rights because it has duties; but in this age, with a large portion of the public, it is the very right and freedom of conscience to dispense with conscience, to ignore a Lawgiver and Judge, to be independent of unseen obligations. It becomes a …

Freedom To Bear Witness To Absolute Truth

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July From a Feb 23rd, 2000 speech to the Academy of Social Sciences by Saint John Paul II, reflecting on the document Centesimus Annus. At the dawning of the Third Millennium, a serious question confronts democracy. There is a tendency to see intellectual relativism as the necessary corollary of democratic forms of political …

Freedom and Slavery

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery. Saint John Paul II

Thankful For Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Have You Prayed In Thanksgiving For Your Freedom? “…help in any way anything that advances the good of our country we must be patriotic without being nationalistic. We must be the supporters of everything that will help the up building of our people and our country. But within the framework of our …

How We Can Lose Our Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July How We Can Lose Our Freedom “We need to remember two simple facts.  In practice, no law and no constitution can protect religious freedom unless people actually believe and live their faith – not just at home or in church, but in their public lives.  But it’s also true that no one …

Add Your Prayers For Religious Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July Witnesses to the Gospel! Today is the second day of the Fortnight for Freedom. How are you participating? First and foremost, pray! Then educate yourself on the threats to our basic right to live out our faith in every facet of our lives, public and private. Our faith is not just for …

Fortnight For Freedom

A Handmaid Fortnight, News

Fortnight For Freedom 21 June – 4 July At a difficult moment in the history of this country, a great American, Abraham Lincoln, spoke of a special need at that time: “that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom”. A new birth of freedom is repeatedly necessary: freedom to exercise responsibility and generosity, freedom to meet …

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

The Blessed Sacrament, therefore, becomes the orbit, becomes the center, the very core, the alpha and omega of our spiritual life. We do not have to search for God; God is with us, Emmanuel.

Advent Reflection

A Handmaid Advent

We have to be aflame with love of God, to be burning bushes in the desert of the naturalism of the world around us today.  We have to be lost in God if we are to be successful searchers for those who are lost in the world.