H.S. Salutatorian Defies School Administration, Speaks of His Christian Faith

Brooks Hamby

Brooks Hamby, salutatorian of his high school class, seems destined for greatness.  He's a mock-trial star and a cross-country runner.  In summer 2013, sponsored by California Senator Barbara Boxer, he was selected to serve as a U.S. Senate Page in Washington DC.And now, the student at Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California, can claim another badge of honor:   Fearless Christian.When Hamby's high school administration rejected the first three drafts of his commencement speech, i … [Read more...]

For Father’s Day: Must-Reads for Dads and Ordinary Guys

Randy Hain 001

My bookcase is filling up with great reads--things which deserve more time and thoughtful reporting than I'm going to give them here today.I know, though, that Father's Day is coming--and I don't want to miss the chance to help you with your shopping, and help some excellent Catholic writers to get the word out about their newest titles.  If you're considering giving Dad the gift of the printed word, let me recommend a few ideas to get you started:Randy Hain's Journey to Heaven: A Road … [Read more...]

Bravado and Bulldozers: Chinese Churches Topple Under Communist Decree

Church in Communist China being demolished

Today in China, bulldozers are hard at work destroying what Christians have taken years to build.The Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, according to a report in the London Telegraph, has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party's draconian clutch on religion.  Earlier this month, thousands of Christians formed a human shield around the church in Wenzhou, a coastal city known as the "Jerusalem of the East", after the Communist government announced that it was one of at least ten c … [Read more...]