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Trump’s School Choice Plan Could Impact Catholic Schools

Trump’s School Choice Plan Could Impact Catholic Schools

Nov 21 16 • 6 comments

It’s no secret that Catholic schools have seen a continual decline in enrollment since the 1960s, and the threats to Catholic education perpetuated by the Obama administration certainly haven’t helped schools thrive. Trying to stave the flow of student attrition, Catholic schools are implementing new business and financing models, collapsing and consolidating school systems, and […]

The Contraception Crisis that Isn’t

The Contraception Crisis that Isn’t

Nov 21 16 • 0 comments

The world’s most powerful family planning groups announced a “contraceptive crisis,” calling for more funding and “sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people.” A look at their latest report, however, shows the opposite: a glut of contraception in a world where unsatisfied demand has sharply fallen. The group, […]

Poem: "Poetry of St. John of the Cross"

Poem: “Poetry of St. John of the Cross”

Iraq's Displaced Christians 'Will Go Back Home,' Once Their Safety is Assured

Iraq’s Displaced Christians ‘Will Go Back Home,’ Once Their Safety is Assured

Nov 18 16 • 0 comments

By Maria Lozano NEW YORK—According to a leading Iraqi prelate, the country’s displaced Christians currently stranded in Kurdistan are unlikely to be able to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plane until Mosul is liberated and the region is completely pacified. In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need […]

Old, Lonely, and Poor

Old, Lonely, and Poor

Nov 18 16 • 2 comments

When China’s Communist Party under Deng Xiaoping first introduced the one-child policy in 1979, party insiders had been convinced that China’s population growth was impeding its economic development. Decades under Chairman Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution had wrecked the nation’s economy and left policymakers in the Communist Party searching for new solutions. Some of the reforms […]

How To Marry an Idiot

How To Marry an Idiot

Nov 17 16 • 4 comments

It seems many people have marrying an idiot as their goal. The amount of couples getting divorced proves to me that many have already become experts. Sadly, there are still those hold-outs who insist on taking their vow of “till death do us part” seriously even when they get bored with one another or a […]

Dear America

Dear America

Nov 15 16 • 3 comments

The presidency is bigger than the person who occupies the office. No outside enemy could have ever taken the Unites States by force. Rather, this enemy which is more clever and insidious, is attacking us from within. We are imploding as a country. Look around America, what do you see? It isn’t very pretty out […]

We Must Be Nice

We Must Be Nice

Nov 14 16 • 1 comment

The new superintendent of my local independent school district unilaterally decreed a few months ago that any student with the chromosomes and the privy parts of one sex, but who “self-identifies” as one of the opposite sex, must now be given access to the bathrooms of the other sex or to single user bathrooms. Also, […]

Poem: "The Song That Never Sleeps"

Poem: “The Song That Never Sleeps”

Nov 12 16 • 0 comments

The Song That Never Sleeps (For the birthday of Matthew Hill-Spur, who has inspired me with both the British rebel streak and steady sense of determination) *** We will remember The “failures” The “losers” The “rejects” Who dared to be more Then others allowed In the smallness of their minds Victory in failure Forever holds […]

Remembrance Day and Our Dying Christian Heritage

Remembrance Day and Our Dying Christian Heritage

Nov 11 16 • 0 comments

School children rose from their desks to stand for two minutes silence in memory of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars. We children stood tight-lipped and gazed at the Red Ensign flag at the front of the classroom. Every creak, children shuffling and even slight noises from the school’s ventilation system […]

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Violence Erupts Around U.S. Amid Large Protests Over Trump Victory

Nov 11 16 • 0 comments

Backlash from Donald Trump’s historic election victory over Hillary Clinton began overnight Tuesday and continued into Thursday with anti-Trump protests turning into riots in several U.S. cities and hostile reaction spreading online, with liberal activist groups fueling the unrest. Clinton had told supporters in her concession speech on Wednesday to give Trump the chance to […]

Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived. It’s the same with our military veterans. We see the obvious price they’ve paid—the time they spent […]

Faith-Based Programs Help Families Cope with Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness

Faith-Based Programs Help Families Cope with Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness

Nov 10 16 • 1 comment

For some families coping with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness, programs that rely strictly on science do not provide enough support and guidance. Many of these families find that faith-based programs offer the spiritual guidance and support network they need to move toward healing and wellbeing as a family unit. In fact, many researchers […]

Dedication of St. John Lateran

Dedication of St. John Lateran

As a rebellious teenager, I thought that Catholics should stop wasting their money on expensive churches.  We ought to sell them all and buy food for the poor, I argued.Funny thing.  Jesus, who cared much for the poor, did not have this attitude.  As an adolescent, he yearned to spend time in Herod’s sumptuous Temple […]

Donald Trump Wins Presidency: Defeats Pro-Abort Clinton in Massive Upset

Donald Trump Wins Presidency: Defeats Pro-Abort Clinton in Massive Upset

Nov 9 16 • 3 comments

In a stunning victory, Donald Trump has won over 270 electoral votes, beating pro-abortion Hillary Clinton and becoming the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s victory became obvious as he won the key states of Ohio, Florida, and Iowa, and now Pennsylvania. He continues to lead in Michigan and Arizona. The Associated Press called […]

Human Life -- The Issue!

Human Life — The Issue!

Nov 8 16 • 0 comments

As a very long election season comes to a close, there is a fury of endless media messages attempting to focus voters on issues. There are countless issues to sort through that are facing our nation as we head to cast our ballots on Election Day, and it often becomes difficult to prioritize what matters […]

Poem: "How far above politics You are, O Lord"

Poem: “How far above politics You are, O Lord”

How far above politics You are, O Lord – high above the low-slung mud and lack of love shown for others, including our own country. Let us be a nation who dwells in You. Let Your justice reign! Let Your regard for every person be the law by which we guard ourselves from error. Bind […]

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson has done it again. Hacksaw Ridge is the cinematic event of 2016-2017. Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Private Desmond Doss, a Seventh-Day Adventist from Virginia who enlists in World War II, but — as a conscientious objector — staunchly refuses to bear arms. Literally. He won’t even touch a gun, let […]

US Presidential Election

“You Be You”

Nov 4 16 • 3 comments

I sit here listening to one of my favorite reflective CD’s (Carl Herrgesell’s Reflections in the Key of Peace), playing in the background as I attempt to put little letters together and form words on a blank page. We are days away from a national election that has stirred in me an unprecedented level of both […]

Americans Don’t Want to be Taxed to Pay for Abortions

Americans Don’t Want to be Taxed to Pay for Abortions

Perhaps you have heard the saying abortion advocates often like to repeat: ‘if you don’t like abortion, then don’t get one.’ Well, we not only don’t like abortions, we don’t like being forced to pay for them or to do anything else that would facilitate the termination of the life of an unborn child. Yet […]

Facing Death as a Catholic: We Who Remain

Facing Death as a Catholic: We Who Remain

Nov 2 16 • 0 comments

One of my favorite scenes in Return of the King is Sam and Frodo sitting together as Mt. Doom erupts around them. When Frodo says, “I am glad you’re with me Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things,” my heartstrings are always tugged because Frodo is reaching for the soul friendship. Love ‘till death. Boundless […]

Poem: "Dancing With God"

Poem: “Dancing With God”

Nov 2 16 • 0 comments

Dancing With God (Remembering Doris) Early one morning in the Holy Land, I gazed heavenward and smiled; An image painted in cloud, Floated in the sky. “I had the best dream,” My companion, shared; “It was so real.” “I was dancing with Jesus.” God delights to confirm the visions, He gives His friends. The heavens […]

To Hell With Halloween

To Hell With Halloween

Oct 31 16 • 0 comments

Twenty-four years ago on Halloween, 42-year-old David Arias began a journey to hell. Ouija boards, drugs, assaults and sacrilege were a regular part of his life. After nearly four years of engaging in extraordinary evil in the pursuit of power, Arias had enough and slowly began to turn back to God for salvation. After an […]

Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

When I was ten years old I had a direct encounter with a ghost. My brother and I were playing in our bedroom, which was in the attic, of our three-story house in New Jersey. There were steep stairs leading up to the bedroom from the third floor walk way. My brother and I were […]

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