Real love is oriented to God.

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Real love of neighbor, when it is the highest kind of love, is sacrificial and it is oriented along the love that God has for us. That love desires, by its nature, the redemption of the one loved, that the loved one will be with God for all eternity.

When our love is oriented in this way, we do not become tools of the loved one's sinful desires. In psychological terms, we don't become co-dependent and share in the addict's sickness.

More news from the "war on women"?

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Ms. Fulwiler was surprised, and then had an "Aha!" moment. See "The Courage of Pope Paul VI."

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for October, 2014

VATICAN CITY, 1 October 2014 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for October is: "That Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence".

His intention for evangelization is: "That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world".

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Real vs. Phony

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If you've been paying attention to the President's forays into the political arena, you are aware that he is dismissing the growing list of scandals as "distractions" and "phony." I leave it to you to determine whether or not this approach will benefit either him or his party (or, for that matter, the country) in the end.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for September, 2014

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VATICAN CITY, 1 September 2014 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for September is: "That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life".

His mission intention is: "That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering".

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for August, 2014

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VATICAN CITY, 31 July 2014 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for August is: "That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights."

His mission intention is: "That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.".

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Nineteen Eightyfour: Orwell's dystopian novel and its relationship to today

When I read George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty Four, over 40 years ago, I hoped that knowledge of the possible abuses of government would be a sufficient warning to prevent it. I hoped that the dystopia it described would never come to birth. George Orwell was way ahead of his time, yet he had already seen the possibility of the deluded polity that would enable the creation of this system.

The tragedy of misbegotten love

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I recently revisited Shakespeare's "King Lear," a tragedy of misbegotten and alienated affections. It strikes me that there is a certain parallel between this great drama and the drama unfolding before our eyes in America.

It is an article of faith in America that "governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed." To put this another way, the people are sovereign, or so they have been.

Thus, I see a parallel between the benighted King Lear and the benighted American body politic.

The Papal honeymoon is definitely over.

It's understandable that the world's elite news media failed to capture the essence of who Pope Francis is, given their dogged determination to always be ahead of the narrative. One can find a representative sample of the approach taken in the New York Times piece by Rachel Donadio from July of last year, "On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’" Who can blame them for failing to understand a personality such as his — compassionate, humble, and yet with firm convictions regarding the difference between truth and falsehood, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, wisdom and folly, material and spiritual, timeless and ephemeral. One must travel far and wide to find such a combination in a world leader these days. Even Catholic journalists found him confusing, although one can come across the occasionally balanced perspective, such as that of Colleen Carroll Campbell in her piece "God and Mammon". And as the English poet, Alexander Pope, noted, "Hope springs eternal in the human breast." It matters not the provenance of that hope.

Diagnosing Republican factionalism. What is the cure?

The basic problem with the Republican Party is that it suffers from dissociative identity disorder, colloquially referred to as a split personality.

It's possible to identify at least the following distinct political personalities in the G.O.P.

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