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Poem: "on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom"

Poem: “on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom”

Jul 23 16 • 0 comments

on st. henry walpole’s martyrdom beauty in itself is a useless thing like the lilies of a summer’s field or the light of a winter’s moon useless, too, was your priesthood toward the salvation of even one english soul yet such beauty was not lost after the seeds of your severed body were buried for […]

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

Jul 22 16 • 0 comments

“Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to […]

Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony

Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony

Jul 21 16 • 0 comments

We have all heard it, yet most of us would not be able to name it. The term polyphony (from the Greek for “many sounds”) is used to describe music that employs simultaneous yet independent melodies. This can occur in secular or spiritual songs, and the spiritual realm includes both sacred music (typically using a […]

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

With a juicy, promising title and a screen populated with adorable, fuzzy furballs of varied shapes and sizes, the animated smash hit: The Secret Life of Pets is a fun Summer escapade for all ages. The different personalities of species and dog breeds are, well, typecast. The goofy guinea pig, the self-involved cat, the excitable […]

New Report Shows Which Countries are Best for the Family

New Report Shows Which Countries are Best for the Family

Jul 20 16 • 0 comments

A new report demonstrates to policy makers which countries are best at helping traditional families and which are failing. The UN acknowledges the traditional family structure of a married mother and father raising their children as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.”  A growing body of social science research affirms that individuals thrive […]

Poem: "A Bard’s Prayer"

Poem: “A Bard’s Prayer”

Jul 19 16 • 0 comments

A Bard’s Prayer “As an author and artists who greatly appreciates the Celtic Bardic tradition, I felt inspired to write this prayer for those who seek to enlighten through their art.“ Let me catch the flame Golden, glittering, glaring So my fingers may glow as I hold the pen Let me taste the wine Sweet, […]

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Murder, USA: Is It Really As Bad As We Think?

Jul 16 16 • 2 comments

Murder rates have fallen dramatically.

Poem: "Empty"

Poem: “Empty”

Jul 16 16 • 2 comments

Empty You eat from my table, And leave me nothing. Then you lay upon my form This weighty cauldron, Dank and empty. It presses mightily, Withholding air that gives rhyme and reason to life Destroying my frame. I show you the door But you raise your brow and smirk Then folding your arms, you lean […]

Fill Your Hands to Love; Empty Your Hands to Pray

Fill Your Hands to Love; Empty Your Hands to Pray

Jul 15 16 • 0 comments

One of my favorite saints, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower, often wrote of appearing before God with empty hands, both from the standpoint of having used all of the graces and opportunities to do good works but, also, perhaps, as an expression of intrinsic humility in that we can never fully do enough […]

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

Our relationship with our biological parents influences our happiness long after we’ve flown the nest. So says a new study showing how those raised by same-sex parents experience significantly more depression, obesity, and other problems in young adulthood than their peers. In the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood, […]

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

Jul 13 16 • 1 comment

If you were ever in search of a film to spur your church community into pro-life action, a new film called Voiceless may be just the ticket. “Voiceless is a call to the church,” said Jason Jones, co-executive producer of the film. “Now more than ever as we see no relief from our judiciary or […]

In Venezuela, 'The People Are Afraid'

In Venezuela, ‘The People Are Afraid’

Jul 13 16 • 1 comment

By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—Venezuela was once the country of dreams—but those dreams have turned into nightmares. Such is the sad verdict of one of the country’s bishops. Case in point, Bishop Jaime Villarroel of the Diocese of Carúpano, told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: Most of the young people in […]

Elite Women Wage Social Warfare on Everywoman

Elite Women Wage Social Warfare on Everywoman

So a radical feminist and two childless women walk into a courtroom. How do you expect them to rule on abortion or contraception? Their lives as they know them, depend on both. In Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law regulating abortion clinics as if they were any ordinary […]

Poem: "Beaded Waves"

Poem: “Beaded Waves”

Jul 11 16 • 0 comments

Beaded Waves The sand waits for the waves to come home. But they cannot stay. The horizon calls them back to the edge of the world closest to heaven but first they must do the work God asks and exchange brine for the healing balm they carry in each beaded roll. Philip C. Kolin

The Pivotal Point of Christianity

The Pivotal Point of Christianity

Jul 11 16 • 0 comments

Have you ever been so heartbroken and your hopes so shattered that you could scarcely consider what your future holds or whether you even had a future? That is what it must have been like for the disciples the day after Jesus was crucified. They had placed their faith in him and dared to hope […]

California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious?

California’s Assisted Suicide Law: Are Some Lives Not Worth Living, or are All Lives Precious?

At what point can we say that a life no longer matters? Is it at the point when medical expenses become too costly or burdensome for relatives? Is it at the point when someone feels they have outlived their usefulness, or are just not able to do the things they love to do anymore? For […]

Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains

Iraq: ISIS Abandons a Town, Destruction Remains

Jul 6 16 • 0 comments

By Mark Riedemann TELSKUF, IRAQ (July 5, 2016)—It is the silence that you notice first. Not just a lack of noise but an absence of sounds. Even the birds have left. I am in Telskuf, Iraq, about 20 miles north of the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul and a mile and-a-half from the front […]

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

Jul 6 16 • 1 comment

Some 22 years ago when I was being catechized, preparing to enter into the Church, I was much troubled by the Eucharistic phenomenon, transubstantiation. As a physicist, I could not understand how the wafer could become the flesh of Christ and the wine His Sacred Blood. The wise old priest who was instructing me asked: […]

Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data

Abstinence Education Works, Condoms Don’t: New Teen Pregnancy Data

Jul 4 16 • 1 comment

New evidence from the United States suggests abstinence education is a reason why teen pregnancy has fallen to historically low rates. Nearly sixty percent of high school students had never had sex, up from 46% in 1991.  Meanwhile, another new report links condom giveaways in schools with increases in teen pregnancy. This investigation of the […]

Poem: "Praise Christ our Purifier"

Poem: “Praise Christ our Purifier”

Praise Christ our Purifier Who filters the spite from our souls and decontaminates our spirits, Who cleanses us from all dross and removes anything ill or gross from our memories and old ways of doing things. Christ we praise for bathing us with His Blood on His cross of wood, cleansing us from sin, and […]

Don’t Feed the Trolls – It Just Encourages Them

Don’t Feed the Trolls – It Just Encourages Them

As an observer of the human species, I believe I have discovered a new type. I call them “paid internet protesters,” or “PIPs” in internet-speak, who are all armchair culture warriors. Dr. Rachel Lu, a senior contributor at The Federalist, wrote an article called, “The LGBT Movement Will Self-Destruct.” My response was titled, “The LGBT […]

Dollars and Cents

Universal Call to Detachment

Jul 1 16 • 0 comments

In a recent conversation, I mentioned to a friend that I had started writing a new book. He immediately seemed interested and asked about the subject. “Well,” I said, “it’s about how we’re all called to be saints and what that requires of us.” “I look at a lot of the qualities of saints and […]

The Fight for Religious Freedom in Catholic Schools

The Fight for Religious Freedom in Catholic Schools

Jul 1 16 • 2 comments

We are now in the Fortnight for Freedom — a two-week period the U.S. bishops have set aside for Catholics to appreciate our God-given right to religious freedom, the “first freedom” affirmed by the Bill of Rights. Our First Amendment freedoms are endangered in a myriad of ways today, and the threats to Catholic schools are greater […]

ISIS With Battle Flags

The Allahu-Akbar Escalation

Jun 30 16 • 0 comments

What will it take to make us believe them?

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