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Book Review: Practical Theology, Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas

Book Review: Practical Theology, Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas

Jan 29 15 • 0 comments

Sometimes new parents will half jokingly complain that their precious new charge did not “come with an instruction manual”. They may be overlooking something. They don’t even have an instruction manual for their own selves. Think about it. Even the simplest utensil or small appliance nowadays comes with pages of instructions, often in multiple languages. […]

'Volunteering' to Die

‘Volunteering’ to Die

Jan 29 15 • 0 comments

I recently read the story of a daughter’s anguished eyewitness account of her mother’s death. It was a death chosen for the mother by her son and oldest daughter, who decided that starvation was the best thing for a beloved mother who had suffered a stroke. It was painful to read this account, and as the writer […]

Movie Review: American Sniper

Movie Review: American Sniper

Does American Sniper glorify war? Does the film pretend to take very seriously the colossal cost of war, the human toll on both sides, the fact that “war is an adventure from which there is no return” (John Paul II)–but does actually delights in it? Kinda, sorta. Even though Clint Eastwood insists he’s more of […]

Illegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration

Jan 29 15 • 0 comments

Is Europe Losing Control of its Borders?

Poem: "A little Snow was Here and There"

Poem: “A little Snow was Here and There”

Jan 29 15 • 0 comments

A little Snow was Here and There A little Snow was here and there Disseminated in her Hair — Since she and I had met and played Decade had gathered to Decade — But Time had added not obtained Impregnable the Rose For summer too indelible Too obdurate for Snows — Emily Dickinson

The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours

The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours

Jan 28 15 • 0 comments

“You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well, but you must do more, make a general confession and offer your communion for the conversion of sinners.” These were the words the Queen of Heaven spoke in 1859 to a Belgian immigrant named Adele Brise in Champion, Wisconsin. In 1917 the children in Fatima […]

“We are Being Treated Like Animals”

“We are Being Treated Like Animals”

Jan 28 15 • 0 comments

Less than two months after 13 women died in the neighboring state of Chhattisgarh, 43 women were sterilized in unsanitary and inhumane conditions in Chatra, a northern district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Knowing the facility had no electricity, the sterilization camps coordinator rented a generator to operate theatre lights. When the generator failed, […]

In Silence We Can Hear and Grow

In Silence We Can Hear and Grow

Jan 27 15 • 0 comments

In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth… Deeper reflection helps us to discover the links between events that at first sight seem unconnected… For this to happen, it is necessary to develop an appropriate environment, a kind of ‘eco-system’ that maintains a just […]

Medical Journal Says “Accept and Embrace Sex Work”

Medical Journal Says “Accept and Embrace Sex Work”

Jan 27 15 • 0 comments

Medical experts say targeting risky behaviors like smoking, excessive drinking, and over-eating could dramatically reduce premature deaths.  But when it comes to the well-documented dangers of prostitution, a prestigious medical journal calls for it to be legalized, enabled, and even embraced. This week The Lancet called for the worldwide decriminalization of “sex work” to address […]

Making the Right Decision

Making the Right Decision

Jan 26 15 • 0 comments

She was 19 years old. Still in college. Had a job, though not yet a career. Still living at home with her parents. She was young and beautiful and intelligent and fun – and in love. She and her fiance planned to be married in about nine months, and they were deep into plans for […]

The Call of the First Disciples

The Call of the First Disciples

Saint Paul wrote two letters to the church at Corinth in ancient Greece. According to Paul “time was running out.” God was here and now and we who believe must reconsider how we think about our faith. Let nothing take precedent over our preparation for the kingdom of God. Paul describes two forms of time: […]

Detachment from the World

Detachment from the World

Peter and Andrew were businessmen.  So were their neighbors, James and John. They tried to wring a living out of the Sea of Galilee, and it probably took nearly all of the time and energy that they had. So it would have been easy to pass on the chance to hear some new prophet proclaim […]

Poem: "Child of Mine"

Poem: “Child of Mine”

Jan 24 15 • 0 comments

Child of Mine He needs you, needs you now; Son, he has no wine. He calls out now for you; Son, he too is a son of mine. She needs you, needs you now; Son, she has no wine. She calls out now for you; Son, she too is a daughter of mine. All these […]

Book Review: I Thirst for Your Love

Book Review: I Thirst for Your Love

Jan 23 15 • 0 comments

All of us need reminders of how much God loves us and how much He desires that we give Him our hearts. Our weak and distracted human nature all too often is pulled in many different directions at once and we forget that the invisible, immortal God took on flesh, suffered in all the ways […]

Erring on the Side of Life

Erring on the Side of Life

Jan 23 15 • 0 comments

The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people […]

Jesus Here and Now: Mini-miracles

Jesus Here and Now: Mini-miracles

Jan 23 15 • 0 comments

The Gospels recount Jesus’s healing of a paralytic who is lowered through the roof of a house. Initially, Jesus tells the man “Your sins are forgiven.” This upsets some scribes and Pharisees who ask themselves, “Who is this man who blasphemes and forgives sins?” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil […]

The Unborn Need Spiritual Fathers

The Unborn Need Spiritual Fathers

Jan 22 15 • 0 comments

Spiritual Fathers are men who pray and sacrifice for little lives they cannot yet see – the most innocent and helpless creatures on Earth: so weak they don’t yet have a voice. Men are called to save these little ones by standing up to a culture of death and society that discards them by vigils […]

Marching for Life: Defending Life from its Beginning to Natural End

Marching for Life: Defending Life from its Beginning to Natural End

Every year on January 22nd, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, hundreds of thousands of brave marchers from all walks of life participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. While the March for Life focuses on the grave nature of abortion, it provides the perfect sounding board to voice the sacredness of […]

Two by the Sea

Two by the Sea

I  Jenny would stretch out for hours on the sand, rolling back and forth to feel its course, graininess rub against her body. Although most people hate the sensation of the sand that sticks in their swimsuits and between their toes, she relished this feeling. The coarseness of the sand continued to remind her of […]

Three Keys for Couples

Three Keys for Couples

Jan 21 15 • 0 comments

Years ago, I shared a memorable conversation with Catholic author Taylor Marshall while we both worked at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. Taylor told me about some advice that, in his words, an “old, crusty Episcopalian priest” had given him shortly before his wedding: “The keys to a good marriage are threefold: to […]

China’s Black Market for Human Eggs Lures the Young

China’s Black Market for Human Eggs Lures the Young

Jan 21 15 • 0 comments

Illegal clinics are luring high school and college-age girls in China with the promise of large payments for their eggs. The procedure can damage the girls’ health and future child-bearing, and the clinics are offering no legal or medical help if complications ensue. For clinics operating on the black market, there is little incentive to […]

Derogatory Labels for People

Derogatory Labels for People

Jan 20 15 • 0 comments

Words can be so cruel and degrading. There was a time in the 19th Century when North American natives were commonly called “savages”. The term was used to dehumanize first nations people in order to take their land. I remember a time when people with a mix of Aboriginal-European descent were called “half-breeds”. Somebody at […]

Traditionalism, Humility, and the Prophetic Voice

Traditionalism, Humility, and the Prophetic Voice

Jan 20 15 • 0 comments

Hello William, I thank you for your questions.  They are going to be tough to give a comprehensive answer to given current limitations, but I’ll try to cover what I can. We must begin with the usual caveat that I am only speaking for Kevin Tierney.  John Allen is known for saying that the number […]

Movie Review: Selma

Movie Review: Selma

Selma, the story of a pivotal point in the civil rights work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a well-cast, well-acted re-telling. At times it lacks a bit of a spark, especially as David Oyelowo delivers MLK’s rousing, eloquent and inspired speeches in an almost too polished fashion. But this is one of the […]

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