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Enabling the Muslim Brotherhood in America
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Enabling the Muslim Brotherhood in America

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s mask is slipping in Egypt.  Small “d” democrats there and elsewhere are alarmed by top Brotherhood officials who now aver openly what has been utterly predictable:  Once in power they will impose shariah – the totalitarian, supremacist politico-military-legal program practiced in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and increasingly elsewhere. The prospect that […]

How to be a Good Sinner
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How to be a Good Sinner

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Today two ideas collided.  It didn’t hurt so much, but it did shake things up.  Shaking up can be a very good thing.  I remember a quote on our fridge from youth: “Sometimes God knocks us off balance so we’ll take a step forward.” So true. Socrates, Copernicus, St. Francis, Einstein, John Paul II… all examples […]

Was Chief Sitting Bull a Catholic?
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Was Chief Sitting Bull a Catholic?

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Was Chief Sitting Bull a Catholic convert?  Did he convert William “Buffalo Bill” Cody?  That was the scuttlebutt around Catholic circles this past week.  From stories, to blogging, to Catholic radio shows, to postings from Facebook friends, I heard it multiple times. As a student of the Old West, having read numerous accounts of Sitting […]

The Victory of Humility
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The Victory of Humility

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When a conquering hero of the ancient world rode into town in triumph, it was in a regal chariot or on the back of a stately stallion.  Legions of soldiers accompanied him in the victory procession.  Triumphal arches, festooned with relief sculptures, were often erected to immortalize his valiant victory. After driving out demons, healing […]

Why Fix our Gaze on the Crucifix?
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Why Fix our Gaze on the Crucifix?

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One Easter I was asked by some Methodist friends why Catholics have the Crucifix.  Their pastor had emphasized that Jesus is not dead.  He is risen.  Why look at a crucifix?  He is no longer on the Cross.  So, why do we have the Crucifix?  Why do we have the Stations of the Cross?  Why […]

Pope Benedict Turns 84 While Belgian Crisis Unfolds
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Pope Benedict Turns 84 While Belgian Crisis Unfolds

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Pope Benedict XVI, looking very healthy for his years, turned 84 today. He was born in 1927 in Marktl-am-Inn in southern Germany. But also today, shocking revelations coming out of Belgium, where an archbishop has confessed in a television interview to sexual activity with two of his nephews, continue to reverberate. Reflections on Our Crisis […]

Amusing Media Attacks on New Roman Missal
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Amusing Media Attacks on New Roman Missal

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On April 12th the liberal media’s assault on the new English translation of the Roman Missal continued on page 1A of the New York Times in an article written by their long time “religion writer” Laura Goodstein. I’ve addressed the media’s “Global Missal Dissent System” in the past, but at this point their exaggerated claims […]

On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets, and Democrats
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On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets, and Democrats

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“[W]e could well take example from Russia,” advised Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, “where birth control instruction is part of the regular welfare service of the government.” Sanger, racial-eugenicist who spoke to a 1926 KKK rally, whose work included a “Negro Project,” who wished to rid America of “human weeds” and “morons” and “imbeciles,” and […]

The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Six, Daniel Meola
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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Six, Daniel Meola

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Presented in cooperation with Greg Schlueter and JP2Journey.com: The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story, remembering World Youth Day 2002 and the impact of Pope John II. Part Six, Daniel Meola “What is man, that thou are mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:4). These words come to my mind every time I think of World Youth Day […]

Imelda Lambertini, Patron Saint of First Communicants
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Imelda Lambertini, Patron Saint of First Communicants

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Imelda Lambertini was born into a rich family, the only child of Captain General Egano Lambertini and his wife Donna Castora (her name is recorded as Castora Galuzzi in some resources).  The family was devoutly Catholic and well-loved by their community of Bologna, Italy.  After Imelda was born, her mother had a dream and was […]

A Tile in the Mosaic of Holiness History
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A Tile in the Mosaic of Holiness History

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With great clarity and even greater charity, Pope Benedict XVI has once again shown how blessed we are to have him as the leader of our universal church! In his most recent weekly Wednesday address, the pope urges all of us to answer our call to holiness and gives us practical advice on how to do […]

If The Judge Ain’t Straight You Must Vacate
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If The Judge Ain’t Straight You Must Vacate

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Proposition 8 is an amendment to California’s State Constitution. It was passed by a comfortable margin via ballot initiative in 2008. Prop 8 maintained the age-old definition of marriage in the Golden State as requiring binary male-female compatibility. It remains tied-up in Federal Court today.   Back in February of 2010 it became rumored that retired […]

How "Radical" is the Ryan Plan?
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How “Radical” is the Ryan Plan?

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Question for those of you concerned about the size of federal debts and deficits: Would you endorse a plan which would add another five or six trillion dollars to the federal debt over the next decade while increasing Uncle Sam’s annual expenditures by $1.1 trillion? If so, you’re in luck. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul […]

The Prom Dress
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The Prom Dress

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Having a large family brings many blessings. One that might surprise some people is the blessing of not having enough money.  Most people would not understand how less could be more. After all, part of the reason large families became an endangered species is because so many couples stress about money when contemplating more children, […]

Obama's Kidding, Right?
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Obama’s Kidding, Right?

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President Obama put all his cards on the table yesterday. He made his big announcement on his response to our current fiscal crisis and festering national debt. He wants to raise taxes (Quell surprise!) and will not touch any entitlement program to reduce uncontrollable spending. He has got to be kidding, right? Wrong. The President […]

An Introduction to Distributism
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An Introduction to Distributism

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Distributivism, also known as Distributism, is an economic theory formulated by Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton largely in response to the principles of Social Justice laid down by Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum. Its key tenet is that ownership of the means of production should be as widespread as possible rather than […]

<em>Soul Surfer</em> -- This Year’s <em>The Blind Side</em>
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Soul Surfer — This Year’s The Blind Side

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Bethany Hamilton has an extraordinary story to tell. Working hard to enter the ranks of professional surfing, by the age of 13 she already had a sponsor. But her life was shattered one morning in 2003. Out in the water, on a beautiful day, she was attacked by a 15-foot-long tiger shark. The shark bit […]

Hiking With the Blessed Mother
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Hiking With the Blessed Mother

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I’ve always been pretty athletic, but my first introduction to hiking was not especially enjoyable.  It occurred during Survival Training at the Air Force Academy and included seven days of hiking about 8-10 hours a day in the mountains of Colorado.  We hiked at night so I was not able to enjoy the beautiful views […]

<em>The Potential Inside:</em> Not Your Father’s Christian Film
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The Potential Inside: Not Your Father’s Christian Film

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In the age of gratuitous Hollywood sex and violence it’s not surprising that people are starved for family-friendly entertainment. This is not just a matter of opinion.  Movieguide, the world’s premier pro-family movie magazine, has established over and again with its annual Report to the Entertainment Industry that wholesome entertainment sells… big time. The report […]

How is Weight Watchers Like NFP?
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How is Weight Watchers Like NFP?

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In the late summer of 2000 I entered the doorway of the nearest Weight Watchers and tipped the scale at a little over 200 pounds.  After having two little boys within two years of each other, health issues from the first birth experience, and the death of my mother just days after my second son […]

Six Reasons Why I Don’t Participate in Friday Fish Frys
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Six Reasons Why I Don’t Participate in Friday Fish Frys

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By the time you’re done reading this column, you’ll want to either join my bandwagon or run me out of town. If it’s the former, hop on; there’s plenty of room. If it’s the latter, please be gentle with the clubs and hatchets; I bruise easily. Okay, here goes. I don’t participate in Friday fish […]

Repent, and Believe the Good News
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Repent, and Believe the Good News

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“Now after John was arrested, Jesus cane into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:14-15). I had read or heard these words many times before I was struck by the order.  Repentance comes before […]

God and Sasquatch
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God and Sasquatch

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On the heels of this spring’s yet another sighting of Bigfoot, the holy grail for cryptozoologists and the slightly curious worldwide, I experienced my own sighting—this one took place  in my mind’s eye, was limited to print, and included just eleven words: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.”        Augustine of […]

China to End One-Child Policy in 2015 Because of Labor Shortages! (Not!)
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China to End One-Child Policy in 2015 Because of Labor Shortages! (Not!)

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I have long wondered what it would take for the Chinese Communist Party to abandon the one-child policy that it instituted back in 1980 when I was first in China. Now we know. It certainly wasn’t the bitter complaints of the Chinese people about this assault on their families and children that changed the Party’s […]

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