Take It From Teresa
Teresa Tomeo is considered one of today's leading contemporary Catholic thinkers and teachers. Here you will find her popular Eye on Culture column published through Our Sunday Visitor newspaper as well as her thoughts and reflections on issues of the day.
Money talks and maybe now that a guns rights organization is suing well-known media personality Katie Couric, and other producers, for alleged deceptive editing in a “documentary” movie, other secular media outlets just might wake up and realize that they can’t continually play fast and loose with the facts in order to push opinion and agenda, and get away with it.
There is much to say about the importance of breaking bread together as a family. Catholics, of course, have a deeper understanding of the many connections between of food and faith because of the Eucharist. Jesus is “the bread of life” and in the Church we take that quite literally. But the idea of “family meal time” is also a great way to witness to the secular world about the love of God.
Case in point would be the two disasters that have been making international headlines: the earthquake in central Italy and the flooding in Baton Rouge.
When I was growing up in the ’70s, the so-called women’s liberation movement built its message around the idea of choice. If women chose to stay home and have children, that was fine, and if they chose to be in the workforce, that was fine as well. Seeking some balance in both was also greatly promoted — or, should I say, sold — to women. But the truth of the matter was that women who chose anything but shooting for the corner office were made to feel as if they were setting a bad example for women everywhere — and taking the feminist movement backward instead of forward.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
“The only hope for our country is God,” says Fr. John Riccardo, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Plymouth, Michigan. Fr. Riccardo encourages us to pray until the end of 2016 for us, the reparation of our sins, and the sins of our country, and beg God for forgiveness and mercy. It is a prayer project that is spreading to parishes and dioceses across the country. Fr. John joined me for an interview discussing why we need to fast and pray for our country during this election year. I urge you to listen to this interview, begin praying and fasting, and hopefully spread this to your friends and family, parish, diocese, Bible study, or prayer group. Ask your pastor if this can be implemented in your parish.
As my husband and I were traveling to Poland just a few days ago to begin our journey in the footsteps of some of the country's greatest saints, we were coming off of yet another troubling week of news coverage of the presidential election. There were also a number of stories on the continued push of the transgender agenda. Everywhere, or so it seems, there were additional attacks on family values and especially the teachings of the Catholic Church. Reminding us once again that religious freedoms and freedom of speech are slowly being wiped out before our very eyes. I couldn’t wait to get on the plane and leave it all behind. Quite frankly, I was tired of hearing all the bad news, and tired of having to address the topics on my radio show. I needed a break.
While not surprising, the Supreme Court decision striking down the Texas law that regulated the safety of abortion clinics, is devastating on many levels. Once again the lives of women, not to mention of course, the life of innocent children in the womb, are put in jeopardy because the highest court of the land agrees that basic health and safety standards are burdensome. It’s also extremely hypocritical on the part of those pro-abortion activists fighting the regulations. It’s about “health“ alright, in one sense of the word. But it’s not about the physical health of women. In the end, it’s about the financial “health” of the abortion industry. How many abortions can they perform, and how much money can they make with as little investment as possible? As pro-life leaders across the nation are saying, it’s disguised as a caring and compassionate decision when it’s really a decision based on a big dollar sign. And why wouldn’t it be when the abortion industry in the United States takes in close to a billion dollars a year or more.
Today we said “arreverdci“ to St. Claire and St. Francis and their town of Assisi, and headed to Cascia to learn more about St. Rita. St. Rita was an Augustinian nun who experienced the stigmata. Numerous miracles are attributed to her and she is the patron saint of impossible situations as well as a patron for troubled marriages and estranged families.
The cliché “God’s Country” isn’t normally associated with a great place to visit. But it takes on an entirely different meaning under the Tuscan sun. This truly is God’s country, because there is no other explanation for the breathtaking and awe inspiring beauty, and the way He continues to reveal himself through nature and through his saints.
I am not a singer by any means. But ever since the first full day of our WINE (Women in the New Evangelization) WINE and Shrine Pilgrimage began, I can’t get that familiar tune out of my head and my heart.
Every time it rains
It rains pennies from heaven
Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven
You'll find your fortune
Fallin' all over town
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down.
Teresa Tomeo on Jun 06, 2016
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The argument against God quite often comes back to the issue of suffering doesn’t it? If God is so loving and wonderful why does He allow this, that, or the other thing? Why does he allow war, murder, terrorism, disease etc? When people ask that question it might be because they are in the midst of a painful experience themselves, or perhaps they are either ignoring or unaware of God’s greatest gift: free will. Often, if we’re honest with ourselves, and this was a major moment of clarity for me in my own walk with God, we can see that in some ways it has been the bad choices we’ve made that have brought on the rough and tumble patches in our earthly journey. Sometimes, however, the suffering is often brought on by the bad choices of other people. Horrific accidents are caused by drunk driving for example. How many times do we hear about other tragedies such as boating accidents, train wrecks, or plane crashes where those at the controls are texting or not paying attention and risk the safety of others? Or perhaps greedy industries have been contributing pollution for years through industrial waste, poisoning the environment and causing all sorts of health issues for entire communities? God doesn’t want us to suffer, but He will never interfere with our free will.