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The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

November 18, AD2017 6 Comments
The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

Whenever some sad soul goes bonkers with a gun, the media instantly goes into a lather of breathless updates and saturation coverage. Yet one single factor evidenced in every American mass shooting remains curiously unaddressed by the media’s “in-depth” coverage. They stubbornly avoid mentioning this determinative factor: None of the mass-killing perpetrators had a deep […]

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St. Michael the Archangel: Needed Now More Than Ever

October 25, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Michael the Archangel: Needed Now More Than Ever

In a previous essay, I recognized St. Thomas the Apostle and his feast day July 3rd. Last month had another saint’s feast day that has significance for me and that is St. Michael the Archangel’s on September 29th.   His feast day is also shared by two other archangels – St.Gabriel and St. Raphael. Prior […]

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The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

June 19, AD2017 2 Comments
The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a host of artistic problems, but its most profound failures are of moral understanding. Whereas the original novels by J.K. Rowling embraced the Christian sanctity of life, understanding that death was an evil, and expressed hope for repentance and forgiveness of sins, this late coming play, written by […]

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I Object to Evil Profanation

June 5, AD2017 5 Comments
I Object to Evil Profanation

I object to the profanation of sacred images and sacramentals in cinema. I have been writing about and meditating on the power of the Holy Cross, the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the enemies of our souls, demons and how evil has become more mainstream and acceptable. I love movies, especially the old vampire movies. Lugosi […]

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A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

June 3, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

“Pray always, but not in order to convince the Lord by dint of words! He knows our needs better than we do! Indeed, persevering prayer is the expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him every day and at every moment in order to conquer evil with good.” -Angelus address, […]

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Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

January 28, AD2017 3 Comments
Weak Love and Moral Culpability in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, of which a film adaptation by Martin Scorsese shall soon be released, is concerned with the deeply unsettling portrayal of a situation in which one’s faith seems to make irreconcilable demands. Set in 1643, after the Japanese persecution of the Catholic Church forced Catholics underground, Silence recounts the story of Fr. […]

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Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Divine Command to Sin

January 7, AD2017 4 Comments
Shusaku Endo’s Silence and the Divine Command to Sin

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence is one of the most unsettling novels a Catholic could read. Recounting the story of Portuguese Jesuits facing martyrdom and persecution in seventeenth-century Japan, Endo does not hesitate to pose to his characters – and readers – the most difficult moral dilemmas imaginable regarding persecution and apostasy, and even whether God might […]

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Strange Dignity: Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

July 21, AD2016 7 Comments
Strange Dignity: Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

Lester Ballard, main character of the novel Child of God, commits murder, necrophilia, sexually harasses women, and is generally considered to be crazy. This being a novel by Cormac McCarthy, the most shocking thing about him is none of these. Rather, it is the suggestion that he might still have dignity, like anybody else, and […]

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St. Veronica’s Useless Good Deed

March 2, AD2016 2 Comments
St. Veronica’s Useless Good Deed

I once heard a rather wry joke that said that Christians are optimists because the worst thing that could possibly happen has actually already happened, and things turned out alright afterwards. That worst thing being, of course, that when God revealed Himself directly to us, not only did we reject Him in favor of a […]

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That Despicable New Minion Movie

July 10, AD2015 31 Comments
That Despicable New Minion Movie

As is our habit for July birthdays, my adult daughter and I go to a movie to celebrate. This is a decades long tradition for us and often the only movie we see at a theater all year. Now that she has children, they inevitably tag along for a fun family outing. We make a […]

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Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

May 4, AD2015 2 Comments
Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

Ragged stuffed animal and hidden depression as my constant companions, I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien during my awkward preteen years. My father, although never an enthusiastic reader, had finished narrating the golden purrings of Aslan, constant mutterings of Puddleglum, and gallant chirpings of Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia. My two sisters and I gathered around […]

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Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

March 10, AD2015 6 Comments
Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

When considering Christianity, many question how evil occurs with a good and powerful God. Philosopher David Hume even used this issue in an attempt to prove that God could not exist. According to Hume, an all-good God would stop evil while an all-powerful one could stop it: “If God is perfectly benevolent and also omnipotent, […]

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Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

September 19, AD2014 18 Comments
Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

Taxonomy of the “Hitler Card” Fallacy The Fallacy Files website, which is devoted to exploring and exploding errors in reasoning, gives the following forms for “the Hitler card” fallacy (also called the “ad Hitlerum” or “ad Naziarum”): Forms Adolf Hitler accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be wrong. The Nazis accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be […]

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How to be a Hero to the Long-Suffering

June 8, AD2014 11 Comments
How to be a Hero to the Long-Suffering

Everybody loves a story with a hero’s victorious ending.  Folks rally around watching with sustained interest dramatic battles between good guys and bad guys, or the patient battling an illness laying claim on his body, or the underdog standing up to a corrupt entity.  We love it when, after the blood, sweat, and tears, justice […]

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Evil is Beautiful

March 19, AD2014 0 Comments
Evil is Beautiful

As I was driving home the other day from the store, I looked on in awe and wonder at the signs of spring evident in the flowers that adorned the pear trees and the daffodils that were scattered and blooming all alongside the roadway. I could see squirrels chasing each other and birds soaring on […]

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The Puppet Strings of Satan

March 11, AD2013 10 Comments
The Puppet Strings of Satan

Satan, I gotta hand it to ya. You\’re brilliant. Ultimately a loser, but still. Evil and its demoralizing impact on our world is a reality of life. However, to deny, shun or blame God as a result of hasty thinking is a mistake. Intellectual honesty requires more than a glance. Many people turn their back on […]

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