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A Tale of Two Coasts: Religious Freedom and the Churches

March 21, 2015

Assaults on the religious liberty of religious schools are underway by the Washington, D.C. City Council and by parents, teachers, and others in San Francisco.

"N.I.C.E." from C. S. Lewis' "That Hideous Strength"

Is It Good to Be Nice?

February 7, 2015

Mean and nice are thoroughly subjective judgments. They say something about us and our feelings, but nothing about abortion, marriage, or any other moral question, public or private.

Brother Lawrence on work and prayer.

Why ‘Ordinary Time’ is Most Extraordinary for God’s Work

January 14, 2015

It is precisely in the midst of our ordinary that God works his extraordinary. That’s because it’s during Ordinary Time that we answer the question, “So what?”

Clemente Alberi (Bologna, 1803-1864): Paolo e Francesca da Rimini sorpresi da Gianciotto, 1828. Rimini, Musei Civici

Why Human Desire Can Lead to Hell

December 29, 2014

The phrase “If it feels good do it,” may be a relic of the seventies, but the sentiment is still with us and it’s on steroids. Our feelings and desires, we believe, cannot and should not be resisted.

DC Wilson Building

Throwing Religious Freedom Under the Washington, DC Busses

December 13, 2014

The DC City Council seems to be working overtime to eviscerate the religious freedom of private schools.

Still of Robin Williams, Candice Bergen, Clark Duke, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale and Pierce Gagnon in A Merry Friggin' Christmas.

How to Adapt a Dysfunctional Family into a Community

November 28, 2014

While it’s unlikely that John Paul watched dysfunctional-family Christmas movies, he knew the difficulties families face and saw ministry to families as “an inescapable requirement of the work of evangelization.”

Author Anthony Esolen (Photo Credit: Joel Pidel/Catholic Artists Society)

Holding On to the Joy of God-Designed Marriage

November 22, 2014

In his new book Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, Anthony Esolen uses his considerable wit and insight to break our self-deceit, the lies we tell ourselves about life, sex, meaning, and marriage.

(Photo Credit: Kimberley Stokes)

Food for the Body is Food for the Soul

November 15, 2014

In the kitchen and around the table friendliness leading to true friendship happens as we share “fire and food and drink and the recognition of rain or frost,” that is, as we come together in our common physicality.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker (Photo Credit: David Ortez/Wikimedia Commons)

Religious Liberty and the Bullies

October 21, 2014

Bullying and the censorship that comes with it appear to be the primary tactics for progressives these days.

Photo Credit: kurdishinstitute.be

“A Terrible Slaughter is Coming”: Kobani, Lepanto, and the Cycle of Terror

October 15, 2014

“For those who know little history,” writes theologian Michael Novak, “today’s battle with the Islamic State in the Middle East may seem new and unprecedented. It is not…. What we are seeing in 2014 has a history of more than 1,300 years — a very bloody, terror-ridden history.”

People demonstrate outside the B.C. Court of Appeal during a hearing into the federal government's appeal of the B.C. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the laws making physician-assisted dying illegal, in Vancouver, B.C., on March 4, 2013. (Photo credit: Darryl Dyck / Canadian Press)

“Suicide Tourism” and the Meaning of Suffering

October 3, 2014

People experiencing what they perceive as “useless” suffering have given up on life.

Liberty of Conscience of Crushing Tyranny

What Does Liberty Really Mean for Christians?

September 29, 2014

Both people on the right and people on the left alike seem confused about what liberty and progress really mean and require.