The New (& the Old) Evangelization
October 04, 2013
Roughly Clad: The man from Assisi
By Joe Tremblay

Monasticism, more than any other way of life on earth, inspires a love of poverty. One man who epitomizes the monastic way of life, arguably more than any other, is St. Francis of Assisi. God raised him up just as the Catholic culture in Italy was beginning to prosper. As Pope Leo XIII said, “Amidst the effeminacy and over-fastidiousness of the time, he is seen to go about careless and roughly clad, begging his food from door to door, not only enduring what is generally deemed most...

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September 27, 2013
Catholicism, Islam and Totalitarianism
By Joe Tremblay

Mohammad was a religious and a political leader. He, along with his followers, conquered other nations by the sword. And henceforth they grew in number through power and conquest. In early Christianity, on the other hand, the followers of Christ were put to the sword and as result, their numbers multiplied. This, I would say, is more miraculous in nature. Conventional wisdom for centuries was that victory was had by killing your enemy. However, the Church grew by leaps and bounds because...

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September 20, 2013
'Let us enjoy…the Church!'
By Joe Tremblay

Pope Leo X, when he was elected to the papacy in 1512- just prior to the Reformation -was alleged to have said to his brother, “Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.”  Then, of course, in 1517, while a relaxed attitude prevailed in the Roman Curia, Martin Luther encouraged countless souls to leave the Church. And that they did. The Protestant Reformation was underway and Christian civilization would never be the same.

Almost 500 years later – especially during the...

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September 13, 2013
Despised Prophets, Fallen Israel and Assyria
By Joe Tremblay

The Old Testament prophets were holy men who were persecuted by kings and ostracized by religious elders. If truth be told, their contemporaries had no use for them. And it is not an exaggeration to say that they were called by God to embrace a thankless job. Yet, several years after they had died, their writings were enshrined into the Old Testament canon. That's right. They were eventually heralded by the Jews as great men.

To be sure, the writings of the prophets took on great...

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September 06, 2013
Smart phone curiosity and the New Evangelization
By Joe Tremblay

Recently, I saw a picture of St. Peter’s Square when they announced a new Pope, namely, Pope Benedict XVI, in 2005 contrasted with 2013, when the announced Pope Francis as the new Pope. As for the latter, it looked as though every single person were using the video capacity of a smartphone. The world changed in those few years.

The blessing of a smartphone is that it not only facilitates communication, but it can do just about everything a computer can. Yet, with every...

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August 30, 2013
Sin and gullibility
By Joe Tremblay

There is an unwritten law in the world of morality: The holier you are, the less you know it. The flipside is also true. That is, the more sinful you are, the less you know it. As to the latter, sin makes one gullible because it darkens the mind. This is especially the case when the mind and the heart are burdened with sexual sin. When we get sex wrong, we get life and even God wrong.
Without God’s interior voice and without His infallible guidance resounding through the Catholic...

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Fred A. Allen, a radio comedian who was popular in the 1940s, once said, “A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.”  In other words, fame is not all what it seems to be. There is a price to pay for being well known. Nevertheless, it is coveted by many. The night of the Oscars, for instance, with the red carpet and adoring fans, can make the life of a celebrity look rather attractive. And...

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August 16, 2013
Time Magazine's bid for a childless nation
By Joe Tremblay

A featured article in the August 13, 2013, edition of Time is "The Childfree Life" by Lauren Sandler. She begins the article by citing some sobering statistics. And for a moment, I thought that the secular media was finally coming to terms with the seriousness of the unfolding demographic crisis in America. And maybe, just maybe, this nation could start having an honest conversation of what a childless nation portends. Sandler reported America’s birthrate decline as follows:


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August 09, 2013
The younger generation’s work ethic
By Joe Tremblay

Studies Confirm It:

A study by San Diego State University confirmed what employers toil with on a daily basis and what many of us have suspected for a longtime. The work ethic of this nation is getting weaker with each younger generation. San Diego State University conducted a study among 355,000 U.S. high school students from 1976 to 2007. Two interesting findings reveal that the more materialistic youth become, the weaker their work ethic is.

For instance, only 62 percent of the youth...

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August 02, 2013
Pope Francis: To judge or not to judge
By Joe Tremblay

I’m sure you heard about the quote from Pope Francis. During a press conference he made a fundamental distinction between gay activism and persons with same-sex attraction, saying, “When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers.”

Since then his comment...

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