Shouldn’t We Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday on July 2?

Declaration of Independence

I'm a fan of Dan Lewis' book Now I Know and his daily email blog by the same name. He uncovers the "news behind the news"--the unusual facts which leave you scratching your head, and the trivia that will make you the hit at any party. Whatever happened to the flags on the moon? And when was the term "OMG" first used? (Hint: It involved Winston Churchill in 1917.)Today's entry deals with the fascinating origin of our nation's birthday celebration. Lewis contends that we really should be … [Read more...]

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Will Father Emil Kapaun Be Beatified Soon? (UPDATED)

The author interviewing Lieut. William Funchess (Photo: Dcn. Jerry Schiffer)

Father Emil Kapaun, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, was a U.S. military chaplain and prisoner of war during the Korean War who has been called a "Shepherd in Combat Boots." In 2013 he was honored posthumously by President Barack Obama, who presented the Medal of Honor. His cause for Beatification is currently being considered by the Vatican.Now, the Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, Bishop of Wichita, has declared a Year of Father Kapaun, beginning June 7, 2015 and concluding June 9, 20 … [Read more...]

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Faith of Our Fathers: Abraham Lincoln’s Daily Devotional

ABRAHAM LINCOLN Alexander Gardner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, quoted Matthew 7:1-3, a scripture which has become inextricably linked to the papacy of Pope Francis: "Let us judge not, that we be not judged." Lincoln sought to move this nation forward with as little hate as possible; and so he repeated that "judge not" line when Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts called for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, to be hanged.In 1858, speaking in Springfield, he delivered what has b … [Read more...]

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