“Something Absolutely Modern” – The Insincere Convert from Brideshead Revisited

 He was something absolutely modern.And his insincerity was stunning.Oh, true, he wanted to marry Julia Flyte. She was beautiful, sophisticated and a scion of a wealthy aristocratic English family. And she had a dowry - a huge dowry. It seemed only natural that they should be together, he assured himself. And so Rex Mottram, Canadian businessman and inveterate social climber, would pursue her.Evelyn Waugh's tongue must have been planted firmly in cheek as he crafted the … [Read more...]

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Textualism vs. The Living Constitution: Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch and the Vital Question for Supreme Court Justices

The die is cast.Neil Gorsuch, a federal judge from the United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit), has officially been named President Trump's nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has impeccable credentials with degrees from Colombia, Harvard Law and Oxford, clerked for Judge David Sentelle on the D.C. Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and (the sitting) Anthony Kennedy. He achieved partnership in … [Read more...]

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Memento Mori: Hope In a Year Heavy With Death

Saint Francis in Meditation by Francisco de Zurbarán-----------"If you wish to live well, spend the remaining days of life with death before your eyes."  - St. Alphonsus di LiguoriSheesh.If you've been paying attention, 2016 has been ruthless in its voracious claim on lives.First, to those who have lost a spouse or child, mother or father, brother or sister, dear friend or close relative, no list of the famous dead will generate grief that even begins to compare. And, fra … [Read more...]

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Advent: The Greatest Resistance Story of All Time

St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness by CaravaggioI have the most curious habit.I've never been able to explain it, but I think I finally figured it out.Let me explain.Every year, as I enter the season of Advent and begin preparation for Christmas, it never fails. I have an insatiable hunger for stories of Resistance. No, I'm not talking about my much-flawed resistance to temptation or those daunting resistance workout programs. I mean historical stories depicting resistance aga … [Read more...]

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A Reminder to Apologists For a Ruthless Man (On the Death of Fidel Castro)

Fidel Castro, 1959 It has been a surreal week.Fidel Castro, revolutionary, president and dictator of the island nation of Cuba, died at the age of ninety. Though failing in health by the time he stepped down in 2006, his iron grip remained. Having cultivated a successor in Raul, his eighty-five year old younger brother and a decades-old corrupt, ideological bureaucracy of cronies and criminals, Fidel Castro maintained an unspoken influence by the sheer fact that he continued to draw br … [Read more...]

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The Kiss of Limitless Grace: On My Daughter’s First Reconciliation

 The Return of the Prodigal Son by James TissotShe was so excited.Seven years old. Smiling eyes. A toothy grin that never quits. And hugs that can simultaneously squeeze the wind out of you and melt your heart.This is my youngest daughter. And tonight was her First Reconciliation.Going to a Catholic school, her second grade teacher had been prepping the class for weeks on this their second Sacrament (their first being Baptism). Only two years before, she had seen h … [Read more...]

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