When College Shakes Your Faith, Listen to Flannery O’Connor (Lights in the Darkness series)

My second piece in the Lights in the Darkness seriesIn a modern culture that is adrift, it is good to be reminded of the true, the good and the beautiful. Each week it is my humble privilege to offer one selection from an indispensable canon of essays, speeches and books that will light a candle in the darkness. It is a canon I have assembled over many years that I hope will challenge and inspire each reader. But most importantly I hope it will remind us of what is true in an age of untruth. … [Read more...]

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“Why I Am a Catholic” by G.K. Chesterton – (“Lights in the Darkness” Series)

"Lights in the Darkness"In a modern culture that is adrift, it is good to be reminded of the True, the Good & the Beautiful. Each week it is my humble privilege to offer one selection from an indispensable Canon of essays, speeches & books which will light a candle in the darkness. It is a Canon I have assembled over many years that I hope will challenge & inspire each reader. But most importantly, I hope it will remind us of what is True in an age of untruth. And if we know … [Read more...]

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Why the Little Sisters of the Poor Matter

They are not accustomed to fanfare. Nor do they prefer it.But the Little Sisters of the Poor (along with several co-petitioners) found themselves thrust into the limelight of the Supreme Court. Why were they there?To preserve their Conscience.March 23rd was the day that the incomparable attorney Paul Clement and his fellow attorney Noel Francisco would present their cases opposite United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. The forum to whom they presented was an eight … [Read more...]

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The Church of Second Chances: Christ & the Wretchedness of Peter

The Apostle Peter Kneeling by Rembrandt van Rijn It struck me during Mass.It was the reading from the Gospel of Luke for Palm Sunday - the Passion, to be precise. I'm sure I have heard it (or read it) dozens of times in my life, but it never jarred me like it did tonight.Jesus had finished the Last Supper with his disciples and began revealing to them the tragedy that is to come. He spoke of a traitor. He quelled an argument over who will lead by reminding the disciples that their call i … [Read more...]

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Thomas More’s Choice… & Ours

Thomas More by Hans Holbein "There can be seasonal misrule only within a prevailing architecture of order...Debates and disputations...are possible only within the context of an assured and absolute truth which governs humankind." - Peter Ackroyd, author of The Life of Thomas MoreHe loved his Church. He loved the Law. He loved his King. Of course he did. And yet ultimately, Thomas More would have to choose. The Church, in More's time, stretched back 1500 years. Its traditions, its … [Read more...]

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What This Catholic Saw At the Movie “Risen”

He was steady, to say the least.And he needed to be.As a Roman military tribune in service of Emperor Tiberius Caesar and, more specifically, Caesar's prefect in Judea Pontius Pilate, Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes) survived on a delicate blend of duty, courage and equanimity. The Roman Emperor gloried in his ever-growing and ever-submissive Empire. Pontius Pilate chafed at being relegated to the dusty outpost of Palestine, yet sought to assert ruthless control to achieve a lofty tr … [Read more...]

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