ISIS-supporter confirms the Anchoress’s point: West too hip to deal  ✂︎

The Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia, on one of the biggest, yet unspoken or unrecognized elements in the war on Islamic extremists:

Everyone wants to possess the thoughts, and the resources, of the young but no one is wooing their souls. Increasingly, the West “does not do God”, does not approve of soul-chasing; it routinely discourages or politicizes soul-talk.

To young people seeking what they have been taught not to learn, secularist indoctrination offers a series of short soundbites, while a theological embrace presents a massive sky-full of thunder. It offers books of fast-burning matches, while religion offers books of sustained lightening.

If ISIS is the only supernatural game in town — the only one they’re hearing anything about and the only one that seems both dynamic and undying — it will attract many into making a grave mistake with their lives.

Weekly Clippings: Divided We Fall Edition

It’s been about a month since Pope-emertius Benedict XVI’s resignation became official, and now we are a couple of weeks into Pope Francis’s pontificate.  While there was a fair amount of sadness as Benedict left the chair of St. Peter followed by a great deal of joy with the election of Francis, there has also been a divisive undertone among many Catholics and members of the media trying to pit the Pope against the Pope-emertitus.  Personally, I wish it would stop, and from my reading this week, I see that I am not the only one. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Save the Date Edition

So the news we’ve been waiting for all week finally came yesterday, and the news is that we’ll have to wait a few more days.  The Vatican announced that the Conclave to elect the next Successor of St. Peter will begin on Tuesday, March 12th with the first vote coming late afternoon Rome time.  In the meantime, the mainstream media is still clamoring to create scandal out of this historic occasion.  While I’ve tried to take the whispers, innuendo, and flat-out rabble-rousing with a grain of salt, it has been difficult.  Based on my readings this week, it appears that I am not the only one that has struggled to avoid the annoyance. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: First Week of Lent Edition

Happy Lent everyone! Even with the Lenten Season in full swing, all that most Catholics are talking about is that we are less than a week from the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate. I cannot say that I am any different. This is such a somber, exciting, and somewhat anxious time to be Catholic. With that in mind, here are a few Internet musings that I found interesting this week. Continue reading →