Remembering the Fallen

My family has been blessed. My father, uncles, cousins, and friends all returned home from their wars. Make no mistake: each of them left something on those battlefields of Europe and the Pacific and Korea and Vietnam and Iraq. My father only tells three or four stories about World War II, all of them fairly [Read More...]

“New life in God”: Irenaeus on Pentecost

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“When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and to baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God. He had promised through the prophets that in these last days [Read More...]

Saturday Song: “What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?”

The great folk singer and guitarist Doc Watson could use our prayers. He’s in a North Carolina hospital recovering from colon surgery. I saw Doc live once, and it was a terrific concert. (Del McCoury was also on the bill.) Doc is blind, so he has to be led on stage, but once there it’s just him [Read More...]

Pope Benedict: Chicken Lover

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This is making the rounds of teh Facebooks today, courtesy of the Humane Society: The quote comes from Peter Seewald’s second book-length interview with the Pope, God and the World. Our chickens have plenty of room and are treated like egg-laying royalty: lots of food and water and scratch, a nice coop with several laying [Read More...]

Talking About Sex With Your Kids

Simcha Fischer is a treasure. Today she follows up a column on the problems with some abstinence-only education programs with some ideas about how to talk to your kids about sex. No one likes having “the talk”. If you approached it with any kind of enthusiasm, then I’m kind of concerned about you. I went [Read More...]

Visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls in Philadelphia

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As I mentioned earlier, I spent my morning at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia visiting the touring exhibit Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times. I have to write a news story about it for the National Catholic Register, but I thought I’d give you some quick impressions. First of all: see it. [Read More...]

First Ancient Proof of Bethlehem’s Existence Discovered UPDATED

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This is huge news, which is made even more wonderful since it comes from such a tiny object. In an excavation in the City of David (the most historically important area of Jerusalem), a tiny bulla was found imprinted with the words “Bat Lechem,” the ancient name for Bethlehem. (A bulla is a seal, usually made [Read More...]

Where I Am Today

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I’m in Philly visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times for a story in the National Catholic Register. I’ll post some initial reactions when I return, and a link to the story when it’s published. Here’s the official line: The Franklin Institute’s Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times [Read More...]


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