There has been another amendment to the HHS mandate that seems fair at a glance; but a closer look will grant that appearances can deceive. Here you can read Archbishop Charles Chaput’s assessment of the new “compromise” announced on February 1st. Archbishop Chaput serves in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is renowned for his firm faith and orthodoxy. One highlight reads: “The scholar Yuval Levin has stressed that the new HHS mandate proposal, ‘like the versions that have preceded it, betrays a complete lack of understanding of both religious liberty and religious conscience.’ In reality, despite the appearance of compromise, ‘the government has forced a needless and completely avoidable confrontation and has knowingly put many religious believers in an impossible situation.’”
Fr. James Martin is doing a series called “Ask Fr. Barron” and here is an insightful answer to the question “What do you say to Catholics who struggle with Church Teaching?” It’s brief AND good at 2:44. Check it out!
Did you catch the halftime show on Sunday? Beyonce’s performance certainly drew plenty of attention, some of which from former America’s Next Top Model contestant Leah Darrow. Leah’s background gives her a unique, first-hand perspective on selling your talents vs. selling your body.
John Wayne was a pure, salt-of-the-earth kind of guy. I was raised watching and rewatching movies like The Quiet Man and McLintock!, learning to appreciate his no nonsense approach to acting and life. My knowledge of J.W. trivia is hardly expert, and pardon me if I’m late to the party, but I just recently learned about his conversion to Catholicism in 1978, the year before he passed. Don’t miss this interview of his grandson, Fr. Matthew Muñoz, where he discusses The Duke’s faith-filled life continuing though his conversion.
My favorite part of this Bit of Wisdom? “…we can’t compare our outtakes against everyone else’s highlight reels.” SO GOOD. Humble Handmaid’s post on keeping it real in blogging applies to life offline as well. How often would we love for everyone to think we have it together? The perfect relationships, house, kids, personality? Not only is there ZERO shame in revealing your own reality, but there’s also the joy of finding someone who experiences the same struggles.
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