A Loving Mother: Alma Redemptoris Mater

  Loving Mother of Our Redeemer Who doesn’t want a loving mother?  Or, if we need to win the favor of a powerful person (a King, for instance), how could we pass up the opportunity of having his Mother put in a good word for us?  That’s the dual promise of the Alma Redemptoris Mater. The first […]

What Is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?

 What is Man?         When I look at the Heavens, the work of thy fingers,             The moon and the stars which thou hast established;             What is man that thou art mindful of him,             And the son of man that thou dost care for him?             Yet thou hast made him little less than God,             And dost crown […]

A Smaller, Purer Church?

In reality, all Fr. Ratzinger was doing was looking at social trends, the “signs of the times” (see Matthew 16:3). He saw a society in which Christian belief was becoming less important with, as a consequence, progressively less social advantage to membership. As the advantage diminished and eventually disappeared, the less committed members would move out, and on to something else . . .