Russell Brand Preaches Theology of the Body

russell-brand-tobSometimes truth comes from the most unexpected places.

Russell Brand is a comedian who is most known for his vulgar comedy and antics, and is probably the last person one would expect to give a compelling argument against pornography.  However, in a recent video he posted, Brand discusses the movie 50 Shades of Grey and our culture’s skewed view of sex and relationships. Brand says:

“I suppose the undercurrent of this is that sex is something we’re all interested in because of biological programming, but our attitudes toward sex have become warped and perverted and have deviated from its true function as an expression of love and a means for procreation. And because our acculturation, the way we’ve designed it and expressed it, has become really, really confused.”

If Brand’s definition of the true function of sex sounds familiar, it is because it is directly aligned with what the Catholic Church teaches:

By safeguarding both these essential aspects, the unitive and the procreative, the conjugal act preserves in its fullness the sense of true mutual love and its orientation toward man’s exalted vocation to parenthood. – Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2369

He goes on to quote a priest – who happens to also be St. John Paul II – who said: “Pornography is not a problem because it shows us too much; it’s a problem because it shows us too little.” Brand agreed with JPII , saying “pornography reduces the spectacle of sex to a kind of extracted physical act.” (more…)

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The Art of Forgiveness

give-forgivenessLet all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32

Forgiveness can be tricky. As Phil Sandoval mentioned on his show today, there are many internal and external components of forgiveness and suffering, and it is often difficult to let go of the resentment that accompanies a deep wound.

During his show, Phil mentioned an article by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation that referred to forgiveness as the art of releasing resentment. The article makes some great points about the art of forgiveness such as:

  1. Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgetting the history of our own lives or the world risks having those injustices repeated and forming a cycle of abuse.
  2. Authentic forgiveness takes time.
  3. Our ability to forgive cannot depend on the reactions or actions of another.
  4. Understanding that we are more than our transgressions can help us see past the transgressions of others.
  5. It is important to determine what role you or other factors may have played in a situation. Seeing a situation from another’s perspective can help to build healthier relationships.
  6. Forgiveness frees us of the burden of resentment. Resentment weighs us down and keeps us from living a full and joyful life.
  7. True forgiveness takes hard work and contemplation. It is practiced one day at a time, and one experience at a time.

The final word from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation:

Healthy forgiveness is not the simple, hasty “I’m sorry” that we were taught to say whenever our parents demanded that response. Real forgiveness is hard and contemplative work that we practice one day at a time, one experience at a time. It is a path to healing and serenity that begins and ends with compassion for ourselves and our feelings. Perhaps rather than “forgive and forget,” our new adage should become “forgive and live.”

Listen to The Phil Sandoval Show and read the article for more on the topic of forgiveness.


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Patrick Madrid Show caller details ISIS kidnapping of family members

Loomis, CA (February 26, 2015) — Listeners to Immaculate Heart Radio’s The Patrick Madrid Show heard first hand details of the latest ISIS abduction of Assyrian Christians this morning, when an Arizona listener, of Assyrian descent, and a direct relative of four abducted Assyrian Christians, called the show. The caller, who is a protected source of Immaculate Heart Radio, shared details of the kidnapping of four family members who are among the estimated 220 Assyrian Christians taken hostage by Islamic radicals in Syria this week.

The family members include the source’s cousin and his wife; their 12 year-old son, 9 year-old daughter, and grandfather, a U.S. citizen who has been in Syria for two years, helping the family with immigration. The source said the abduction took place in the early morning hours yesterday, Wednesday, February 25 when the family was awakened by shouts from ISIS soldiers dressed in black, brandishing guns. When other concerned family members tried to call the cellphones of the abducted family members, the calls were answered by ISIS members who told them, “Don’t even try to call this number.” [Other reports have stated that ISIS members have answered cell phones of their captives to tell callers they will send the head of their relative.]

“What saddens me most,” said the source “is that I don’t see anyone else standing up for Christians in the Middle East. Where are the good Samaritans?”

The unplanned call was a surprise to Madrid, host of the live show heard weekdays from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. (Pacific) on Immaculate Heart Radio which broadcasts throughout the western United States on 33 stations with an estimated footprint of 50 million. Madrid handled it with his usual aplomb and grace extending sincere concern and promising prayers for the family. He also brought attention to Pope Francis’ support for Christians in Iraq and Syria and his statements that violence against these minorities must be condemned.

“American is desensitized to the trauma in the world,” said Madrid. “Part of finding a voice to combat evil involves identifying the real problems that exist. We have to name problems before we can make them go away. People have to take that roll. When we can name it we can shame it.”

The call lasted 45 minutes and included questions to the source from other callers. Full audio of the show can be heard below

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