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Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945

Remembering Iwo Jima

Feb 19 15 • 0 comments

“It Was a Real Killing Field”

A Cold, Cold Heart

A Cold, Cold Heart

Feb 19 15 • 0 comments

There ring in my childhood memory the songs of Hank Williams—songs my dad loved to listen to as he strummed his guitar. One in particular was a classic called “Cold, Cold Heart.” As I sit and think about it, I realize that those three words truly define the cultural attitudes of our day toward those […]

Poem: "I Thirst"

Poem: “I Thirst”

Feb 19 15 • 0 comments

“I Thirst” Divine Mercy generates divine thirst. Divine Thirst generates human longing. Human Longing seeks the generator. Generator manifests as triunity. Holy Trinity is Love Longing Seeking Pursuing Love reveals Divine Mercy Love satiates Divine Thirst Love fulfills Human Longing Love generates Love. Love IS Thirsty Stacy Peterson

How to Deal With Temptation

How to Deal With Temptation

Feb 19 15 • 0 comments

When one speaks of temptation, it tends to carry a negative connotation because it is often attributed to something we shouldn’t do. However, I would propose that the art of temptation reveals a certain beauty in that a person is faced with a decision to either act out the temptation or not. Whether the decision […]

School Choice and the Constitution

School Choice and the Constitution

Feb 18 15 • 0 comments

One common concern with regard to school choice legislation is that it will violate the U.S. Constitution by enabling children to attend religiously affiliated schools. While this concern is understandable, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected arguments that school choice legislation amounts to an unlawful entanglement between church and state. Specifically, the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Still Alice: Life in the Wake of a Devastating Diagnosis

Still Alice: Life in the Wake of a Devastating Diagnosis

Feb 18 15 • 0 comments

“I am not suffering; I am struggling.” These words are part of a beautiful speech delivered by Julianne Moore in her Oscar-nominated performance as Dr. Alice Howland in the film Still Alice. The film is a powerful testimony of how a woman who has made her career out of words loses her words because of […]

Ash Wednesday:  Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Ash Wednesday: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

On February 25, 2004, I was teaching English at the University of Central Florida in the Diocese of Disney, lecturing on “Ash Wednesday,” T.S. Eliot’s famous poem. There before me in the lecture hall sat several students with ashes smudged across their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Ash Wednesday. How apropos. T.S. Eliot […]

Jesus, If You But Said the Word...

Jesus, If You But Said the Word…

Feb 17 15 • 0 comments

Do you ever want simply to “be better” from something … from any thing? It could be something that ails you, such as cancer or diabetes or endometriosis, heart disease or asthma or some other chronic health condition. It could be an addiction – to smoking or drinking alcohol, drugs or food or pornography. It […]

Ignorance of God: The Spirit Poverty of Our Age

Ignorance of God: The Spirit Poverty of Our Age

Feb 17 15 • 0 comments

We often think that ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or social training. But if ignorance is not knowing, then not knowing God is the greatest human ignorance. I want to address ignorance in the context of the human heart’s ignorance of God.  It is my opinion that this form ignorance is the primary […]

Politicians Have Nothing to Fear from Faith

Politicians Have Nothing to Fear from Faith

Feb 17 15 • 0 comments

The 2016 Presidential race may not have officially begun, but that hasn’t stopped potential frontrunners from beginning their campaigns in earnest. And with the unofficial start of the campaigning comes the official start of journalistic muckraking. Much ado has been made about Scott Walker’s “punting” on the issue of evolution while on an economic development […]

Is Traditionalism Being Hijacked by Anger?

Is Traditionalism Being Hijacked by Anger?

Feb 17 15 • 0 comments

Dear Kevin, I was greatly moved by your last piece. It’s uniquely evident in your writing that you have a strong faith and genuine concern for the Church, regardless of any disagreements I may have. “There will always be a need in the Church for the prophetic voice that traditionalism provides. Like the Old Testament, […]

President James Madison's 1812 War Proclamation

Presidents Day Reflections

The War of 1812 had many significant consequences.

Poem: "Nomad at Night"

Poem: “Nomad at Night”

Feb 15 15 • 0 comments

Nomad At Night Wind scorpions move safely under night’s cover A long life’s  journey erased on windswept dunes The nomad travels under the stars Following the rise of many moons Final morning brings the fruit of hardship’s travels Then the Nomad will lie down at the feet Of He who watches in the West Waving forward those He’s waited to meet Surrounded by banquets, with music and song! […]

Sweet Silence

Sweet Silence

Feb 15 15 • 0 comments

Shielding my eyes from the blinding sun, I sensed, rather than heard, a presence to my left as I stood in line waiting to board the plane. His face was about five inches from mine. I could see his lips moving but could hear nothing. Finally I faced him squarely and he repeated himself. “What’s […]

A Puzzling By-Product of Curing Lepers: Gospel Commentary

A Puzzling By-Product of Curing Lepers: Gospel Commentary

This Sunday’s Gospel, Mark 1: 40-45, is a bit puzzling.  Why after curing a leper, who then proceeded to advertise the event (contrary to Jesus’ explicit instructions), did it develop that the Lord “could no longer openly enter a town, but remained outside in desert places.” (cf. Matthew 8: 30-34; Luke 8: 27-38). During our […]

Lessons from the Leper

Lessons from the Leper

Many Catholics are confused about suffering.  Some writers extol its surpassing value.  But does that mean that we should look for suffering?  Or, if suffering should come our way, that it would be unspiritual to seek relief from it? The story of Jesus and the leper in Mark 1:40-45 provides us with a case study […]

Five Things to Do This Valentine’s Day Regardless of Your Status

Five Things to Do This Valentine’s Day Regardless of Your Status

Feb 13 15 • 0 comments

Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day. Some do because they are in relationships or it gives them an excuse to eat chocolate. Others hate it because they will probably stay home alone watching Netflix awhile their friends with significant others go out. Instead of wallowing in that funk, whether single or in a relationship, spread the […]

Pink Hearts and Green Aliens

Pink Hearts and Green Aliens

Feb 13 15 • 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is a big deal around our house. Our first child was born on Valentine’s, and she loves all things pink, pretty, and frilly. And chocolate. She loves her princess shoes, sparkles, fancy hair doo-dads (she’s also asking me for hair rollers, and she’s only five), hearts, ribbons, make-up, purses, clothes (the more sequins […]

Transforming Prayer for Married Couples

Transforming Prayer for Married Couples

Feb 13 15 • 0 comments

If someone told you that there was something you could do for as little as five minutes per day to virtually assure that your marriage would last unto death, wouldn’t you do it? Well this is it! Pray together daily. Marriage is not a couple, but a trinity. The third person is God. We need […]

Obamas in Church - Sunday, January 20, 2013

Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast Remarks

We lack the will to alleviate many of society’s ills.

A Fresh Look at Birth Control

A Fresh Look at Birth Control

Feb 12 15 • 0 comments

It’s happening again, article after article appearing in my news feed. The theme is the same, although each has a slightly different slant to offer. Just as last year, I pour over each one, nodding all the while as my eyes scan the screen. The topic is birth control and each post does a good […]

On Being Invisible

On Being Invisible

Feb 11 15 • 0 comments

Recently, a Facebook conversation turned into a discussion over when we feel “invisible” while driving. It started innocently enough. I commented on how people seem to “not see” me when I am driving our family vehicle (which happens to be a 12-passenger van). My mom said she feels invisible when she drives their white car, […]

US Senators Urge Funding UN Agency Tied to Abortion and Prostitution

US Senators Urge Funding UN Agency Tied to Abortion and Prostitution

Feb 11 15 • 0 comments

A group of U.S. senators is urging President Obama to fund the UN’s controversial population agency despite its ties to abortion and coercive population control programs, and its new push for countries to legalize prostitution. “We are disappointed that despite UNFPA’s critical work around the world, a number of misperceptions about the organization persist,” wrote […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 15, 2015

Reflections for Sunday, February 15, 2015

Feb 11 15 • 0 comments

Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Responsorial: Psalm 32:1-2,5,11 Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 The Power of the Cross to Cleanse Us of the Leprosy of Our Sins The man … began to publicize the whole matter. (Mark 1:45) Have you ever watched a […]

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