Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #2

Part 3 of 5 This is part three of a series unpacking the four warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should contraception, and in particular the contraceptive pill, be permitted and encouraged. Today, we look at the second warning found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to contraception would facilitate “a general lowering of moral standards.” (HV, 17) So, in the past 50 years, has there been a general lowering…

The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Greg Bottaro

Is there any man or woman alive who is not looking to be affirmed for who they are as God created them to be in their own uniqueness and unrepeatability? We all ache for the affirmation that we are “unique and unrepeatable, someone chosen by eternal Love” (TOB 15:4). This “ache” is an existential reality common to every single human person. We are all made with the need to be affirmed, and when this need…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #1

Part 2 of 5 This is part two of a five part series unpacking the four warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should contraception, and in particular the contraceptive pill, be permitted and encouraged. Today, we look at the first warning, found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to contraception would “open wide the way for marital infidelity,” (HV, 17). One story alone will suffice to reveal that this first prediction has become a reality. Ashley Madison. In August…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: A 5 Part Series

Half a century ago this summer, the world witnessed the strength and conviction of Blessed Pope Paul VI, who despite the pressure of a culture fascinated with a new contraceptive technology, held fast to old ways. In a transient “society of the immediate”, Paul VI was pointing us to our deeper roots; to those ancient truths about the human person and the plan of God written in Genesis. In this five part series, we will…

The Longing: 4th Week of Lent

Forgiven in Love: Adored Is there not a limit beyond which the Lord’s patience and mercy are exhausted, when we’ve used up our “one last chance”? Does He not get exasperated? Is it not reasonable to think that, at some point, the scales of Divine Justice reach a tipping point that cannot be rectified? Yes, that is reasonable! But that also isn’t how the Lord deals with us. It just isn’t, and thank God! As…

The Longing: 2nd Week of Lent

Staying in Love: Practicing Last week, we reflected on the invitation that comes to us at the start of Lent from the heart of the Bridegroom – I invite you to trust me and disrobe your heart – to take off the costume of the “self-perfected disciple”, and to stand before me in vulnerability so that you may experience the profound tsunami of my love, that it may wash over and into you, and that…

5 Ways to Heal the #MeToo Movement and Solve the Problem of #ToxicMasculinity

“Wounds need to be treated, so many wounds! So many wounds! There are so many people who are wounded by material problems, by scandals… People wounded by the world’s illusions…” – Pope Francis Since the fall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in late 2017, we’ve seen a continuous descent of men from powerful places and positions to a basically non-existent existence. Their sins of abuse, sexual harassment and the mistreatment of women have been given…

The Longing: Ash Wednesday

The Encounter with Love: Pierced Have you ever noticed at weddings, when the bride is coming down the aisle, looking radiant and joyful…have you noticed how people’s heads turn back and forth, like they’re watching a tennis match? They look at her, then up at the groom, then back at her, then back to him. She is, objectively speaking, the most beautiful one there, commanding our attention, and yet, for some reason we turn our…

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent – Year B

On the Second Sunday of Lent, as we progress toward the sacrifice of the Cross, the Church turns our focus to Jesus as He blazes with Resurrection glory in his Transfiguration. We journey with the three Apostles to the top of the mountain, which signifies a particular closeness to God. We see the Kingdom of God has appeared in power in Jesus of Nazareth. We are all terrified at this unusual sight, at this Theophany….

How to Become “Magnificent Women” and “Phenomenal Men” in 3 Simple Steps

In a recent acceptance speech at the Golden Globes that instantly went viral, former talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey addressed the deep wound that has been exposed all over the entertainment industry, American politics, and across the spectrum of the shared civic life of man and woman. In a general sense, that wound is sin. Specifically, from Miss Winfrey’s words, it’s the sin of the lust of men against women; the sordid sexual harassment of greedy men in…