Catholicism

Dozens of healings attributed to intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes

On Feb. 11, the Church celebrates the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, St. Bernadette Soubirous. Our Lady of Lourdes (Feb. 11) Patron of the sick, invoked against bodily ills and diseasesThe Marian apparitions began Feb. 11,…

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ stimulates reflection on persecution

Silence is a grueling examination of what persecution does to Christians (i.e., interiorly, emotionally), and about the apostasy that sometimes is a result of that. Whenever persecution sets in, there are always three types of Christians (sort of like the parable of the sower): 1.) Those who immediately cave in — cowards, weaklings. 2.) Those…

Did Jesus give us Bible bookends?

Did Jesus ever tell us which books belong in the Old Testament? Many Protestants argue that he did and they appeal to Jesus’ words concerning the shedding of the prophets blood being “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah …” (Luke 11:50, Mathew 23:35). It is argued that…