Who Writes Letters to Families? The Catholic Church, That’s Who…

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"[The family] is the vital cell of society." - Second Vatican Council (Apostolicam Actuositatem)  Who writes letters to families? The Catholic Church, that's who. In 1980, Pope John Paul II convened the Fifth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World. For background, the Synod of Bishops is a body of Bishops from all over the world which serves as a (non-binding) advisory council to the Pope on selected issues. There … [Read more...]

What I Learned From Revisiting “The Exorcist”

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  It has been a long time since I have seen The Exorcist. A loooong time. And for good reason. It scared the hell out of me. As a teenager, I felt I was bulletproof against Hollywood's efforts to spook me. My friends and I would rent the most macabre of movies from Friday the 13th to Nightmare on Elm Street to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Halloween in a childish quest daring a movie to be frightening enough. While there was little doubt that we could be jarred by the classic … [Read more...]

G.K. Chesterton, the Diabolist & “The Most Terrible Thing”

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    "That quiet conversation was by far the most terrible thing that has ever happened to me in my life." G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a celebrated British journalist, detective novelist, artist and Catholic apologist. He wrote over one hundred books, thousands of newspaper columns, innumerable poems, a several plays. He gleefully debated society's intellectual luminaries such as George Bernard Shaw, H.G Wells, Clarence Darrow and Bertrand Russell. It is easy to estimate … [Read more...]

Why Fathers Matter

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  In the last several years, there has been a debate (I would not say a robust debate) about whether or not fathers matter. The discussion seems to center around whether a household run by a single mother or grandparent or other alternative fatherless households can provide the same (or superior) child-rearing environment. The answer, it seems, is a foregone conclusion. "Of course", it is answered. "How could you suggest otherwise?", it is asked. And then the litany of abuses or … [Read more...]

Why This Commencement Address Matters…

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"The endless cycle of idea and action, Endless invention, endless experiment, Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; Knowledge of speech, but not of silence; Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word. All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance, All our ignorance brings us nearer to death, But nearness to death no nearer to GOD. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in … [Read more...]

Doubt, Duty & Deliverance…D-Day at 70

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Author's Note: Please be advised that some of the pictures below have graphic material.    "When I think of the beaches of Normandy choked with the flowers of American and British youth and when, in my mind's eye I see the tides running red with blood, I have my doubts, Ike. I have my doubts." - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower on the eve of D-Day It is hard to imagine these words were ever uttered by the jowly, defiant, … [Read more...]


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