In the last 43 years, millions have read critiques of the encyclical and the satires of Humanae Vitae in glossy magazines. Whenever I get into a discussion about Humanae Vitae, I always ask the other person if they have read the encyclical. It might be mere coincidence but those who agree with Humanae Vitae have read the original document, and not some spurious review. Few read the real thing... Here...
100 years ago today Our Lady appeared at Fatima and gave the world a sign so as that we may believe. What came to be known as "the miracle of the sun" occurred when the sun burst from behind a curtain of dark clouds, the sun shook and shivered, then became a spinning circle of silver. To quote an eye-witness, the father of Jacinta and Francisco, "then at a certain moment, the sun appeared to stop spinning. It then
began to move and to dance in the sky until it seemed to detach itself
from its place and fall upon us. It was a terrible moment."
How amazing to think this was happening on this very day - October 13th - 100 years ago. The date begs the question, why the 13th? The number 13 is so closely associated with Our Lady and yet us Catholics are silent when asked as to its significance. We are confused, too, because the number 13 is roundly regarded as "unlucky". There were 13 people present at The Last Supper including Judas who had already agreed to…
The actof placing a skull on your desk is known as keeping a
"Memento Mori" to inspire thoughts of your death. A
time-honored practice indeed, some of the big saints such as St Jerome
and St Teresa of Avila set a skull before their eyes as a memo of
mortality. Perhaps their stainless souls owed a debt to keeping a skull
in their sights, shocking their senses into submission to God. There is a revival of interest in having a skull as a "Memento
Mori." This is quite fascinating considering the absolute flight from
the idea of death and aging present in modern culture. There
is a poll running to discover how many people know the meaning of
"Memento Mori". Sr Theresa Noble was on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show to
discuss why she is keeping a skull close at hand.