Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy
- Sketch for Saint
Vincent de Paul Bringing the Gallery Slaves to the Faith
- Sketch for Saint Vincent de Paul Helping the Inhabitants of Lorraine
Fresco of Bl. Noël Pinot at the church of St. Joseph in Angers. Pinot was a priest martyred during the French Revolution for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the new government. As he ascended the steps to the scaffold in his chasuble, he recited the first words of the Mass: “Introibo ad altare Dei.”
Símili modo postquam coenátum est, accípiens et hunc præclárum Cálicem in sanctas ac venerábiles manus suas: tibi grátias agens, bene ☩ dixit, dedítque discípulis suis, dicens: Accípite, et bíbite ex eo omnes.
HIC EST ENIM CALIX SANGUINIS MEI, NOVI ET AETERNI TESTAMENTI: MYSTERIUM FIDEI: QUI PRO VOBIS ET PRO MULTIS EFFUNDETUR IN REMISSIONEM PECCATORUM.
This is not sounding good.
It is good, not great.
Why not great? It limits corporations from claiming religious exemptions from critical healthcare needs, while limiting the government in requiring corporations to cover contraception.
In laying the foundation for the government to decide what are critical healthcare needs, it opens the door to later challenge and reversal.
Also, it explicitly leaves religious oriented businesses (Christian books stores, for example) open to discrimination suits based on hiring (troubling that this was even mentioned in the case, btw).
Well, yes. This is the problem with trying to shield religious actions under religious freedom laws, rather than on their own merit. The entire philosophy behind this was “leave us alone and let us do what we want”, which is a libertarian ethos that is generally at odds with Catholic teaching.
Rather than “leave us alone and let us do what we want,” I thought the philosophy was “don’t mandate anyone do something against their religious beliefs.” Which, it seems to me, is less libertarian & more aligned with the some (I said some …) of the reasons the USA was founded in the 1st place.
Those mean the same thing. The position that you are saying is:
1. I have a religious belief against ‘A’.
2. I don’t have to do ‘A’.
The Court rightly saw that this could be used in a variety of ways. Companies could suddenly declare themselves to be run on Christian Science beliefs, and therefore all forms of employee healthcare were immoral.
Edit to add: I think too many Catholics view the consequences of this decision solely through the lens of abortion and contraception, without realizing that this could have had potentially far reaching consequences. On the other hand, I was quite critical of the Bishops taking an explicitly libertarian position in this issue; notice they did not do ANYTHING to explain to their flocks why contraception was wrong. They whistled past that and went straight into defending religious liberty as a Catholic belief, so I am quite happy that the decision was as limited as it was.
gosh i miss being Catholic, but our school was such a joke that they didn’t even teach us Catechism. they just forced us up through hoops and we were handed out sacraments without any education.
can i even call myself a Catholic, if I’ve got all my sacraments but no Catechism? i don’t even know what to do, save get a ‘Catechism for dummies’ book if such a thing exists and try to brush up. i don’t even know.
as i get older the urge to go back to the Church is strong, but my education’s so spotty. like, i was an altar server for years, and a choral singer, so i know all about that, and i helped teach a Sunday school program, but i don’t have the basics and my prayers are so rusty. my rosary praying is even more rusty.
ugh what to do, what to do
I guess the simplest answer is to go ahead and get a catechism. There are some really great ones on the market. The Catechism promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II is a handy reference, but if you’re looking for something you can just pick up and go at, I’ve been recommended the Baltimore Catechism (meant as an easy-to-understand textbook with a simple question-and-answer format) and the more recent YouCat (written in the form of a conversation).
However, good catechesis is not the only element of Catholic life. In order to reignite your prayer life, you should start at the basics. Prayer is basically a conversation with God, the end of which is not to change God’s mind, but to change one’s self to realize God’s will. Start there. Cross yourself and talk to God. Say anything you can think of. Tell Him how your day went. Tell Him your frustrations. Think of a friend and pray for them. Think of someone you don’t like and pray that you might begin to understand them. Think of someone going through a tough time and pray for them. Just talk to God. He’ll listen.
Lastly, I suggest you go to Mass. And not just by yourself, find a friend to go with, to pray with. Even if you don’t receive communion, even if you don’t remember the words, just find some time to be with God, to worship, to seek to understand Him. And I really recommend being with someone. The Church is literally a community. Share your experiences, share your prayers, share your time with God.
Above is a papal tiara presented to Pius IX by Belgium in 1871
The complete inscription (including text on the unseen sides) is:
IESV CHRISTI VICARIO INFALLIBILI
ORBIS SVPREMO IN TERRA RECTORI
REGVM ATQVE POPVLORVM PATRI
which translates to:
To The Infallible Vicar of Jesus Christ
To the Supreme Governor of the World on Earth
To the Father of Nations and Kings
Oh look it’s that tiara that fundamentalists claim is proof that the pope is the Antichrist.
This is because they claim the tiara is inscripted with VICARIVS FILLIVS DEI, which I guess equals 666?
Either way, I like the actual inscription better.