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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How This Catholic Guy Will Approach The Election

And so it has come down to this.On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, Americans will be asked to cast a vote for president.And the choices are abysmal.For those who have been paying attention, we have witnessed an unprecedented display of deception, corruption, incompetence, ignorance, childishness, dogmatism and loutishness. While rivalries for high American office can often bring out the worst in people, this year's contest has descended into the blackest … [Read more...]

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Dear Mr. Podesta: An Open Letter to the Clinton Campaign on Anti-Catholic Emails

Dear Mr. Podesta,I hope you are well. I understand that the political season has kept you quite busy and, for that reason, I will try to keep my message brief. You clearly have much important work to do.Recently, Wikileaks publicized several email exchanges between yourself, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri, liberal think tank Center For American Progress fellow John Halpin, and Voices of Progress president Sandy Newman. Given that yo … [Read more...]

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The Horrible Grace of King Lear

King Lear & the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce "I don't want it to storm."Her seven year-old voice quivered a bit as she leaned forward in her seat. My eyes caught hers in the rearview mirror. Anxiously, she followed the windshield wipers back and forth, back and forth."I don't want it to storm.""It's okay, baby. Just a little rain. I don't think there'll be any storm tonight."Sitting back, my daughter's brow unfurrowed. Her countenance lightened as she peered … [Read more...]

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The Unheroic Heroism of the Disciples

You Could Not Watch One Hour With Me by James Tissot  Just think of what they had seen.Withered hands stretched back to wholeness. Sightless eyes granted vision. Leprous skin made clean. Food multiplied. Storms calmed. Graves surrendering their dead. Forgiveness granted. Pride laid low. Dignity restored. And the stories - the parables - were so approachable, yet so profound.These men had seen the face of God revealed through the unlined face of a carpenter's son.Only now, t … [Read more...]

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