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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As a Physician, Here Is Why I Oppose Euthanasia

 The Doctor by Luke Fildes  "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." - C.S. LewisIt seems almost surreal.Only a few short days ago in Belgium, a teenager afflicted with a terminal illness was actively killed under the watchful eyes of the medical establishment. The chilling story of an act unprecedented in the modern age received widespread coverage. Surely, one might think, there would be … [Read more...]

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“Don’t Lose Sunday to Monday”: On My Imperfect Art of Keeping Peace During Stressful Times

It was a four day vacation at summer's end. My wife, my two daughters and I headed to the Lake Superior sprayed coast of Duluth, Minnesota. It was a much needed escape from a summer of busy clinic schedules, nightly soccer games, Lego/basketball/volleyball camps and extended family vacations. This vacation would just be...us.Duluth is a magical place for me. An eagerness sets in every time I drive those final miles downhill on the lazy north end of Interstate 35. As the road meanders this … [Read more...]

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