March of 2020 stands to be a pivotal time both for the Vatican’s future as well as its past. Brad Kronen’s second history book of non-fiction entitled “The Controversial Life of Pius XII, The Wartime Pope” takes an in depth look at the life of the man who could soon gain entry into Catholicism’s hallowed hall of spiritual elite by becoming “Pope Saint Pius XII” or may soon be recognized as one the Catholic Church’s deepest sources of shame.Read more "Brad Kronen Writes His Second Historical Book of Non-Fiction, “The Controversial Life of Pius XII, The Wartime Pope”"
The Pontiff of the Catholic Church who canonized Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a man who lived in the vicinity during the time when St. Teresa’s martyrdom took place, the Polish Pope, John Paul II. His homily given on the day Edith Stein was made a saint sums up this extraordinary woman’s life quite fittingly:
“A woman in search of the truth has become a saint and martyr through the silent workings of divine grace…With her whole being she sought the truth, of which she wrote: “No spiritual work comes into the world without great suffering. It always challenges the whole person”. For a long time Edith Stein was a seeker. Her mind never tired of searching and her heart always yearned for hope. She traveled the arduous path of philosophy with passionate enthusiasm. Eventually she was rewarded: she seized the truth. Or better: she was seized by it. She discovered that Truth had a name: Jesus Christ.”
May each of us, no matter our creed, follow Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s example by giving our best to seek and hopefully find our own version of divine Truth.Read more "Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part II"
I have always been fascinated by authoritative figures within the realm of organized religion who come from backgrounds that are anything but religious or where they begin life following a faith with a foundation that seems almost diametrically opposed from the one they come to eventually embrace. Thus is the case with a Jewish woman born as Edith Stein who would eventually become the Catholic saint named Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Within Catholicism’s School of Saints, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is truly unique. Although reaching the highest level of Catholic spirituality, as a canonized saint Edith’s identity is still closely intertwined with her religion of birth given the fact Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ life ended in Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi extermination centers established during the Second World War which were built with the intent of annihilating the Jewish people as a whole.Read more "Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part I"
Within the Pantheon of scientific geniuses born in the middle of the 19th century, only Fritz Haber is credited for an invention which many believe to be the 20th century’s greatest achievement of scientific innovation. An achievement which not only expanded our working knowledge of the Universe, it positively altered the course of humanity’s progress on this planet.
Conversely alongside J. Robert Oppenheimer who directed The Manhattan Project which created and utilized the world’s first nuclear weapons, Fritz Haber is one of the most vilified scientists of all time due to another invention of his making which elevated the horror of War to a level of incomprehensible terror the likes of which had not been experienced before in the history of Mankind.
Never was there such a man who gave and took so much from the world around him with his creations that brought both Life and Death stemming from the same foundational source – his fervent love of country.Read more "Fritz Haber – Modernity’s Mutable Angel of Life and Death, Part I : Saving Billions"
Throughout the Catholic Church’s history Mary has been a point of contention where some have said the woman who bore the mortal manifestation of Christ is inconsequential and still others have equivocated devotion towards the Blessed Mother to the worshipping of a pagan goddess.
The Blessed Mother may have begun life as a mortal being but her role in the Catholic Faith is to embody and sustain that mystical force known as the ancient feminine. This in turn elevates Mary’s status well beyond being merely a mortal woman who gave birth to the Messiah. As the force of the ancient feminine Mary serves as Catholicism’s fiercest defender of faith by being its most powerful form of protection against the forces of darkness and evil and Our Lady sustains the importance Catholicism still holds for humanity as the 21st century unfolds by her institution of the power of prayer.Read more "The Mysticism of Mary: The Ancient Feminine Force of the Catholic Faith, Part I"