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Historic Prayer for the United States

Historic Prayer for the United States

Jul 4 15 • 0 comments

For the welfare of the Republic.

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

John Adams and American Independence

Adams’s approach to political leadership is refreshing.

SCOTUS

SCOTUS

With bluster, ink, and bray. Lawyers five, get their way. Let Sodom sin; so they connive. Out with God; in with sex drive. Yet they preach right prim of legality, That man’s law must be obeyed. No, ‘tis base to bow, when reality Has the highest law betrayed. T’would be wrong to supersede, Against authority […]

Miracles Jesus Could Not Do

Miracles Jesus Could Not Do

Over the last two Sundays, the gospel of Mark has been making it abundantly clear that Jesus is indeed God Almighty, ruler of the world and lord over life and death. But this week we come to a story that leaves us scratching our heads.  Jesus goes to his own native place, and receives less […]

The Coming Battle

The Coming Battle

Jul 2 15 • 1 comment

If you are like me, you are in mourning. Not merely for a battle lost, but for the thousands of misguided souls who may be lost due to the Supreme Court’s misguided attempts at fairness. The legalization of same sex marriage is not a sudden event, however. Judging by the reactions on both sides, it […]

Reluctantly Seeking Humility

Reluctantly Seeking Humility

Jul 1 15 • 0 comments

During the last several months, I have felt a distinct and powerful calling to obtain and embrace a certain virtue. It has led me to daily reciting a certain prayer to the point of writing it on my heart. I have found it one of the most difficult prayer devotions I ever have attempted. The […]

Should Popes Speak About Only "Religious" Matters?

Should Popes Speak About Only “Religious” Matters?

Jul 1 15 • 0 comments

With the release of the Pope’s encyclical “Laudato si‘” there has been a lot of debate over the content of the Holy Father’s remarks.  Unlike some commentators, I do not think that should be shut down.  Those who question global warming (something I do believe in) are not like those dissenting from Humanae Vitae.  Not […]

Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Jul 1 15 • 0 comments

“I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing […]

The Trouble With Transhumanism

The Trouble With Transhumanism

Jul 1 15 • 0 comments

“Transhumanism is a desperate belief system that grasps at technological straws. But the raw desperation in that grasping has the potential–like all Utopian movements–to unleash violently destructive forces. Caveat emptor.” (Wesley J. Smith). There are a number of pressing issues in the broad realm of bioethics. Abortion may well be the biggest bone of contention […]

A Tireless Pastor Leaves the Killing Fields of Syria

A Tireless Pastor Leaves the Killing Fields of Syria

Jun 30 15 • 0 comments

It would be hard to find a more dangerous posting in the Jesuit order today than ministering to the faithful of this city in the heart Syria’s “Valley of the Christians.” And Syrian Jesuit Father Ziad Hilal has been based here for half a dozen years, witnessing some of the worst horrors of the country’s […]

I Believe in Life

I Believe in Life

Jun 30 15 • 0 comments

I am for our children born and unborn. That means giving love and nurture to them and providing environments where they can thrive and rise to their full potential. I believe we must call out the cultural bigotry that does not view unborn children as part of the human family deserving equal care and protection. […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel

Front Row With Francis: The Wounds of the Family

Jun 29 15 • 1 comment

Envy, greed, selfishness, harsh words, sibling rivalry, infidelity, illness, tragedy, violence, abuse – the list sounds like much like the headlines on your average nightly news show or the subject of anguished conversations among distraught parents and grandparents lamenting the discord they witness daily in their own families. We listen to the stories, shake our […]

The Playgrounds of War I

About an Unwanted Boy

Jun 29 15 • 0 comments

I’ve just watched an in depth report about a baby boy born via surrogacy in India on November 12, 2012, and left behind by his Australian parents. This tragic story highlights the dirty side of buying and selling and trafficking in children, the complicity of government officials, and the corrupt $500 million per year surrogacy […]

The American Address

The American Address

The 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision said that Dred Scott, his wife, and their unborn child were not human beings, but were property to be bought and sold. Led by proslavery Chief Justice Roger Taney, the Court created a new national constitutional right to own slaves. Taney, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic, was […]

A Revolutionary Approach to the Bible: Jairus’ Daughter and The Enlightenment

A Revolutionary Approach to the Bible: Jairus’ Daughter and The Enlightenment

In the days when states were still “the colonies” and men wore powdered wigs, a new way of thinking captured the intelligentsia of the western world.  “The miracle stories in the Bible and the lives of the saints may be quaint, entertaining, and even have symbolic meaning.  But certainly we should not take them literally!  […]

God is Dead: A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex

God is Dead: A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex

Jun 27 15 • 0 comments

A Spoken Word Poem by Fr. Pontifex (God is Dead: This video is in response to the claims of the “New Atheism.”…Science and reason are not incompatible with faith in fact they complement each other very well because they come from the same source, God. )

Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored

Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored

Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment made an impact on UN negotiations this week. But in the rush to emphasize its input on climate change, his forceful condemnation of abortion and population control remain overlooked. At this week’s negotiations on sustainable development in the General Assembly, María Emma Mejía Vélez, ambassador of Colombia said […]

Movie Review: Inside Out

Movie Review: Inside Out

Inside Out, the new Pixar movie about Riley, an eleven-year-old girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, is good, but not great. It’s very much a kid’s movie (with knowing asides to parents, as these films always have). When I first saw the trailer for the […]

Something to Teach Your Kids

Something to Teach Your Kids

Jun 26 15 • 0 comments

It’s a Hallmark holiday, but Father’s Day can be a chance to reflect a bit on our children and their future. As a father of one son (and soon to be two), I am a member of a shrinking subset in modern America. Increasingly, many people like me aren’t getting married, some aren’t having children […]

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies in 6-3 Decision

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies in 6-3 Decision

Jun 26 15 • 0 comments

The Supreme Court has upheld the Obama administration’s controversial implementation of the Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 decision yesterday morning. Americans are required to purchase an insurance program that follows federal guidelines, including no co-pay coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. In some cases, this includes a $1 abortion surcharge. The federal government […]

Life Lessons in the Dear God Series

Life Lessons in the Dear God Series

Jun 26 15 • 0 comments

There’s nothing like reading a good book before bedtime, especially for kids. Too often, the busyness of life leaves parents feeling that we have not done enough of one thing or another. Reading with our children rectifies much of that that. I found that reading the “Dear God Series” (Liguori Publications) by Patti Maguire Armstrong […]

Let's Fall in Love

Let’s Fall in Love

Jun 24 15 • 0 comments

Some things make you feel just a little more alive. Hearing a moving song. Helping someone in need. Reading words that make you cry. Seeing a sunset splash the sky with breath-taking colors. And the feeling is multiplied immeasurably if you are sharing those experiences with someone special. Indeed, love completes us as human beings. […]

Where Is the Mission Field?

Where Is the Mission Field?

Jun 24 15 • 0 comments

Last week I went on a mission trip. I was able to travel with our youth group from Georgia to Cincinnati, OH to work with the Franciscans for the Poor. We stayed at the Tau House, a converted convent that is now used to house groups who wish to come and do mission work within […]

Are All Great Scientists Atheists?

Are All Great Scientists Atheists?

Jun 23 15 • 6 comments

“The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.”  Galileo Galilei “Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order…This firm belief, a belief bound up with deep feeling, in […]

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