Why Antonin Scalia Matters

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Just shy of his 80th birthday and his 30th year on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin "Nino" Scalia has died. And as people react and consider his life and legacy, it is a perfect time to ask why Antonin Scalia matters?Clearly, in answering this question the greatest amount of attention will be paid to Justice Scalia's Supreme Court legacy. In his nearly thirty years on the bench, Scalia decided cases ranging from abortion to capital punishment, gay ma … [Read more...]

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Why Christ Needed the Wilderness (& So Do We)

 The Temptation of Jesus by Gustave DoreHe was tired and hungry. Why wouldn't he be? After all, he had been traipsing around in this desert place - this wilderness - for who knows how long? Days... Weeks, even. It had been a time of focus, of resolution, of preparation. It had to be. He needed to feel isolated from his parents and friends. He had to endure the raw elements of the wild. He must endure the biting hunger from his fasts. For this isolation, these harsh elements, this hunger w … [Read more...]

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Why My Kids Go To Catholic School

Author's Note: Last year, for Catholic Schools Week, I was asked to speak to my parish congregation about why, as parents, we chose to send our kids to Catholic school. While my testimony spoke about our Catholic school specifically, I have changed the name to reflect what I think is common to most Catholic schools. Here was my answer. It was years ago, but it seems as clear as if it were yesterday. I was talking with my dad when he stopped me short. He looked me square in the eyes … [Read more...]

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Why Peyton Matters

 Peyton Manning"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (attrib.)Two years ago, I found myself writing a piece about Peyton Manning...and my wife (Regarding My Wife & Peyton Manning). No, no. It wasn't some salacious scandal piece (perhaps to the chagrin of a frustrated Patriot fan), but rather a story of how I became a fan of the Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Even more, it is a s … [Read more...]

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Thomas Merton & “the Most Remarkable People He Ever Knew”

 The Village Church by Benjamin Williams Leader  He considered them "among the most remarkable people I ever knew."And he met them when he was just twelve.The Privats came into Thomas Merton's life by chance.  Merton's father was a widower and itinerant artist. His most recent wanderings landed him in Murat, the rustic, mountainous terrain of central France. And the Privat's small home was nestled where lush valleys kissed fir tree-lined foothills. As his father fo … [Read more...]

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What This Catholic Dad Saw at Star Wars

Note: This piece may contain spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Let me start by saying this: Ostensibly, I was seeing this movie for my kids. Ostensibly, my wife and I were going to scope out the new Star Wars movie to decide if it would be appropriate for our daughters to see in the theater.Ostensibly.But let's be honest. When I sat in those cushy seats (what have become wide recliners in a stadium seating set-up unlike the cramped ratty flip-down seats of my childhood), s … [Read more...]

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