Anonymous asked: Why are you so pro teen pregnancy when you're catholic, Catholics aren't allowed to have sex before marriage
Every single human being is willed by God. If a human being is conceived outside marriage, that human being is as equally precious as one convinced in marriage. Why? Because both of these children are willed by God. The conception of a human being is never a punishment, never a burden, never a mistake, but always a gift woven by the hands of God. God is gracious, He gives us the most precious gift; the gift of life, even when we are guilty of sin.
I do not advocate teen sex, but I do celebrate the life of a human being willed by God. A young mother does not need shame from me, she needs love. She is already afraid, harassed, and belittled by others. If God has placed a life in her womb for her care, then I too can trust her to be a good mother. We as human beings, especially women, were created to love. Can I really doubt God?
Her journey is already difficult. Young mothers, teen mothers, need to know that they are precious, as precious as their born or unborn children, and God is greater then any sin they could ever commit in their lives. If I do not tell them I am happy for the gift God has blessed them with in their womb, then who will?
Don’t confuse my respect for human life for advocating sex outside of marriage.
I have a special request future authors, please write “50 Shades of Chastity.”
SAINT SHARBEL MAKHLUF
(1828-1898) Feast Day July 24th
Joseph Zaroun Makhluf was born in a small mountain village of Lebanon. Raised by an uncle who opposed the boy’s youthful piety, he snuck away at age 23 to join the Baladite monastery of Saint Maron at Annaya where he took the name Charbel in memory of a 2nd century martyr. He was ordained in 1858.
Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty-three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, Sharbel lived as a model monk on the bare minimums of everything. He gained a reputation for holiness, and was much sought for counsel and blessing. He had a great personal devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and was known to levitate during his prayers. He was briefly paralyzed just before his death.
Several post-mortem miracles were attributed to him, including periods in 1927 and 1950 when a bloody “sweat” flowed from his corpse. His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage for Lebanese and non-Lebanese, Christian and non-Christian alike.
Sharbel taught the value of poverty, self-sacrifice, and prayer by the way he lived. He was beatified in 1965 and canonized in 9 October 1977 by Pope Paul VI.
July 24th is the feast-day for St. Sharbel Makhlouf on the Universal Church. The Maronite Church celebrates him on the 3rd Sunday of July and on December 24th, the day he went to heaven.
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Thomas Cole, The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey (study for series, The Cross and the World), c. 1846-48
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Thomas Cole died before he was able to complete his final group of paintings, titled The Cross and the World. In the beginning of the series, two young men each begin a pilgrimage—-one to the cross and the other through the world. The route to the cross is mountainous and difficult, while the pathway through the world tempts with a beautiful valley. By the end of their journeys, the pilgrim of the cross discovers the bright light and angels of redemption, but the pilgrim of the world finds only a wasteland of emptiness and fear. Cole used very little color in these paintings to emphasize the vivid contrast between the glorious light of God and the dark confusion of a world without faith.