Horror and Tragedy
These are lessons about intense, scary, terrifying, or extremely sad stories that help us understand some of the difficult issues in life that can shake our faith.
By Fr. Ernest Daly on March 8, 2006
Father Andrea Sontoro knelt down to pray. He had just finished celebrating Mass in his church in Trabzon, Turkey. A 16 year-old came into the church and approached him from behind. The young man pulled out a gun and shot Father Andrea in the back, crying, “Allah (God) is great!” Fr. Andrea died instantly.
By Genevieve Yep-Pollack on November 6, 2005
“But praise be to Jesus, for I defended myself by saying to him repeatedly: “your wounds are my merit.” St. Pio knew that the Devil was more afraid than he was , and was frustrated that this holy priest was saving many souls by prayer and hard work in the Confessional. Holiness scares the Devil.
By Carlos Briseño on April 7, 2005
Often times, a family’s love is in expressed in simple, unnoticed ways. Sometimes, however, something so unexpected occurs that causes a family to express its love in public. And one such case involves a 41-year-old brain-damaged Florida woman named Terri Schindler-Schiavo.
By Genevieve Yep-Pollack on March 15, 2005
In 1917, Mary appeared in Fatima, Portugal to the 10-year-old Lucia dos Santos along with her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. For the next six months, from May to October… John Paul II credits her prayers and the prayers that she helped stir in others with surviving an assassin’s bullet that by all normal circumstances should have killed him within seconds.
By Genevieve Yep-Pollack on February 7, 2005
At the Christmas Midnight Mass this past December, Pope John Paul II made a special petition to the Child Jesus for peace on earth. In particular, he mentioned an area where millions of people are suffering, the Darfur region in Africa, in a situation that the United States has called a genocide. This lesson examines the background of this humanitarian crisis, the response and responsibility of the Church and the world, and the challenges faced in providing assistance and achieving long term solutions.
By Genevieve Yep-Pollack on January 2, 2005
The recent disaster in South Asia shows us that many times science does not have the all the answers. Tragedies like this create deeper questions in us. After the waves of the Tsunami caused record-breaking devastation around the shores of the Indian Ocean, many people turned not to science but to God to ask, “Why?”…
By Thomas Daly on December 7, 2004
It was a dark, frigid night in February. A soldier placed the cool metal of the revolver on the forehead José Sanchez. If anything would scare Jose, this would be it. He’d be set free if he would just stop saying, “Viva Cristo Rey!”…
By Genevieve Yep-Pollack on September 8, 2004
Jason Read of the United States men’s rowing team, had already demonstrated a great confidence and faith in himself in the September 11th rescue squad. However, the Olympics challenged him to take a step higher, to a deeper faith and confidence in God rather than himself.
Written by Genevieve Yep-Pollack on September 8, 2004 | Related Topics: All Lessons, Horror and Tragedy, Issues and Politics, Sports | Keywords: 9/11, hope, Islam, Life, olympics, Politics, prolife, Sports, tragedy, war | Leave a response
By Genevieve Yep-Pollack on June 15, 2004
he recent news of the disrespect and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers has shocked and disappointed many people. In this lesson we will look at the sources of this scandal especially the lack of personal moral courage leadership and the effect of a sexually promiscuous society.
By Alex Kubik on February 10, 2004
Let’s take a look at some of the manifestations of evil in “The Passion of the Christ” and what the characters’ interaction with evil shows us about temptation, sin, death, and salvation.