Why It’s Okay to Feel Ill At Ease

I see it sometimes...when others don't.Of course, this is likely because it is in my mind's eye.Oh, at times it is an Irish pub ensconced in some craggy hilltop accessible, albeit not easily, by a rough climb along paths cheered by wind-blown heather. Other times, it is a cherry-wooded cottage library, shelves teeming with petite classic works, looking out upon warm, dense woods while the heavy door is closed but for moments to impart wisdom or share poignant exchanges with family and … [Read more...]

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Don’t Despair

"I will even be so indecently frivolous to burst into song, and say to...young pessimists:‘Some sneer; some snigger; some simper; In the youth where we laughed and sang. And they may end with a whimper But we will end with a bang.’" - G.K. Chesterton Don't despair.I know. I know.Things look pretty grim.Heinous violence is commonplace. Civility is increasingly rare. One class hates another. One race resents another. Vital laws are ignored. Frivolous laws are ena … [Read more...]

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What Pope Benedict XVI & G.K. Chesterton Understood (But Science Misses) About Mystery

G.K. Chesterton I've been thinking.Does Science like Mystery? I mean, really and truly embrace it. Because if you think about it, the entire reason for Science's existence is to answer questions, solve riddles...demystify. So what happens when Science can't answer certain questions? How does Science grapple with enduring Mystery?I know, I know. You're going to say, "Science is neutral."Fair enough.But Scientists aren't. And the growing body of adherents to Scientism, where … [Read more...]

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Who Gave the Year’s Best Commencement Address?… Justice Antonin Scalia

 "Thirty-six is a lot of graduations."That's how he began.It was June of 2015 that the bear of man, Justice Antonin Scalia, leaned his heavy palms on the sides of the podium, peered out at the graduating class and began to speak. Now, to be clear, this wasn't a commencement address offered at Harvard or Yale, Georgetown or the University of Chicago. No. This was Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, an all-girl Catholic High School in Bethesda, Maryland. Young, eager Catholic w … [Read more...]

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Why Conscience Matters: The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Cuban Dissident

 On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously handed a victory to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Now, let's be clear, the Court emphasized that they are not ruling on the merits of the case. Instead, they went out of their way to convince that they are interested in simultaneously preserving religious liberties (and the right of Conscience) as well as providing unfettered access to Obamacare approved contraception/abortifacients. Seems like a draw, right?Wrong.True, the S … [Read more...]

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What’s Wrong With the World?… I Am.

The Return of the Prodigal Son by James TissotDo you want to be depressed?Okay, so here is what you do...Just go over to the TV and turn on the news.Internationally, you can despair of marauding radical jihadists consolidating control in oil-rich Middle East and exporting their hate to cosmopolitan civilized centers. You can worry about tinpot dictators in marginalized countries recklessly brandishing their nuclear weapons while making irrational demands. You can lament the enduring, … [Read more...]

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