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Though Herod knew John the Baptist to be a righteous man, the lure of pleasure prompted him to silence the voice calling him to repent. Our culture insists that we imitate Herod. If we put God first, we find it easier to do just the opposite. One man who listened to the Good News describes his journey of grace.
Richard Dawkins, the ubiquitous atheist, likes to take shots at religion—with a special animus for Catholicism. His popular bestseller The God Delusion tries to torpedo faith by attacking respected arguments for God’s existence. In taking on perhaps the greatest theologian in history, however, he’s woefully outmatched.
The list of anti-religion screeds by atheists is growing. And too many people, including Christians ignorant of their faith, are led to doubt by paper-thin arguments wrapped in bombast. Not to worry: Believers of many faiths—using those quaint tools of reason, logic, and evidence—are mounting an able defense.
Catholics in the West often take the freedom to practice their faith for granted. That would be unthinkable for Catholics in China, who have long endured persecution, even martyrdom. Though their situation has improved slightly, the faithful of Communist China continue to transform struggle into prayer.
"No work of charity should be regarded as foreign to the Society, although its special object is to visit poor families."
~ In outlining the activities of The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, an international association of Catholic laymen engaging systematically in personal service to the poor, the founders had an eye to the future needs of human kind.