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How Can We Change Modern Media?

August 1, AD2015 4 Comments
How Can We Change Modern Media?

We spend a lot of time complaining about the lack of quality on television, in song lyrics, in literature, and in movies. Sitcoms make fatherhood look foolish. Songs objectify women. Books make premarital sex the norm and vampires look cool, and what has become mainstream movies make sexual, physical, and emotional abuse look exciting. How backwards […]

My Plea For “Unknown Heroism”

July 31, AD2015 1 Comment
My Plea For “Unknown Heroism”

When I was a child, my parents never fought in front of me, never anything stronger than a cross or stern word now and then. That doesn’t mean they didn’t occasionally argue. My bedroom was next to theirs; we shared a wall. I could hear them raise their irate voices with each other late at […]

Become as Little Children

July 31, AD2015 1 Comment
Become as Little Children

“What are you even doing with your life?,”  I teasingly asked one of my 11 year old campers. The question was meant rhetorically, the expected response was an embarrassed chuckle and then a sassy comeback. Without hesitating, he said, “Trying to be the best I can be.” I was so taken aback, I didn’t respond […]

Laudate Si and Birth Control

July 31, AD2015 0 Comments
<em>Laudate Si</em> and Birth Control

There is a fundamental difference between our generation’s world view, which is heavily influenced by utilitarianism and consumerism, versus the Catholic world view in which everything is given to us. This difference in viewing things touches upon all aspects of our spiritual life and earthly life. Pope Francis mentions this again and again in his […]

Purgatory: Is It a Dead Issue?

July 28, AD2015 12 Comments
Purgatory: Is It a Dead Issue?

So where is purgatory in the Bible anyway?  Glad you asked! Let’s take a look at a few of the Scriptural references to Purgatory.  Let’s begin with Maccabees: “He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. […]

Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

July 28, AD2015 3 Comments
Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

Powerful cultural winds have stormed across the world, throwing the historical understanding of human sexuality into a whirlwind of uncertainty. During the past 50 years, violent gusts have divided and confused Catholics about the use and morality of contraception, abortion, sex outside of marriage, divorce, and the homosexual movement. Recently, the United States Supreme Court’s […]

Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

July 28, AD2015 36 Comments
Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex “marriage” settled the legal question, but the debates go on regarding the social and moral   ramifications. How do supporters of traditional marriage change the hearts and minds of people that support same-sex unions? The argument for tradition doesn’t hold much sway with secularists who place little value on […]

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Lucifer and the Vatican

July 28, AD2015 2 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Lucifer and the Vatican

Did you know that the Vatican is working with LUCIFER? It’s true! People also say they’re looking for aliens! Well, sort of. Actually, they’re working right next door to each other, doing their own things, and sometimes collaborate. And I’m not saying LUCIFER in all caps because I am yelling, or even for emphasis, but because it’s […]

SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

July 27, AD2015 15 Comments
SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

A professional woman posted what seemed to many readers (according to the huge number of likes, shares, etc.) to be well-reasoned thoughts about why Christians should now officially stop “trying to impose their religious ideas of sin on what is truly a basic civil rights issue” after the Supreme Court issued their same-sex marriage ruling. […]

Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

July 27, AD2015 0 Comments
Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

This column is the tenth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. (Page numbers referenced in parentheses.) The title of this final chapter is “Choosing Life.” The […]