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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How Evelyn Waugh Taught Me To Cope With Modern Times

"Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." - G.K. Chesterton"I have been here before." It is time to remember. For now, we live in uncertain times with unreal figures. We are witnesses to incomprehensible decisions championing inexcusable values. Now, more than ever, it is time to remember. "I have been here before." These are the jarring words whispered by Charles Ryder in the opening lines of Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece, Brideshead R … [Read more...]

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What Happens When Catholic Kids Help Catholic Kids

"To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them." - St. Thomas Aquinas (attrib.)What happens when Catholic kids help Catholic kids?Let me tell you.The other night I was invited by a colleague and friend to attend the annual NET Ministries Annual Catholic Youth Benefit Banquet. NET Ministries, which I was only loosely familiar with, is a thirty-five year old endeavor that originated with a visionary young man named Mark Berchem. In 1980, Mark and eleven other young a … [Read more...]

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What This Nine-Year-Old Boy Saw In Prince

I was only nine years old at the time.There I was, standing in the music section of Target (which in 1983 consisted of a wall rack filled with 45 rpm Top 40 records), looking for it...looking for it. And there it was.Delirious by Prince.Do you remember that one? Quick paced. Squeaky, yet euphoric. But made cool by the baritone voice of a true artist: Prince. Well, that nine year-old hastily bought that record - the first I ever bought - brought it home and played it over and over a … [Read more...]

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