Discernment: What It Does and Doesn’t Mean

One example of the wrong way to discern God's will in your life

It does mean: The Holy Spirit works kind of like MSG, enhancing and heightening the "flavor" of the virtues that you've already worked to develop -- virtues like self-control, prudence, mercy, and self-sacrifice.  After you pray for guidance, you're probably not going to find yourself doing something utterly foreign to your normal nature or inclinations; but you may find that you have deeper reserves of patience than you expected, for instance, or a temporary ability to work harder than you're no … [Read more...]

Working moms: what would help?

Children are good for society, fiscally and in every other way. Children who are well-cared for, who aren't forced to go to school sick or spend lots of time alone, and parents who aren't utterly exhausted and wracked with guilt at all times, make families who give stability and peace to society as a whole. So even if we're only looking out for our own self-interest, it's best for everyone when parents are given as much freedom and flexibility as possible to devote to their children. Children … [Read more...]

Don’t bubble-wrap your kids

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 My son, who is twelve, recently wanted to buy a comic book, and as he leafed through the pages, he liked the story, but was disturbed by some of the gory images he saw. The comic book guy reassured him that he would get used to it over time. And I agreed. Sure, you can get used to it, and eventually it wouldn't even bother you any more. But why would you want to do that to yourself?Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

Power in the blood!

dolly parton

Remember when Ann Coulter pronounced missionary Dr. Brantly a big jerky, inconsiderate showboater for going into Africa to treat Rbola patients, like selfish, jerky showboaters tend to do with their "Christian narcissism"?  Remember how little good Brantly was doing, according to Coulter, with his thoughtless act of leaving his perfectly good country and then coming back home?Well, guess whose blood is helping to heal the nurse who selfishly contracted Ebola while caring for a dying man in Da … [Read more...]

Will I see you in Michigan this Sunday?

ekklesia project

Oh, time is getting away from me! I kept meaning to say, I will be in Williamston, Michigan on Sunday morning, speaking at  St. Mary Catholic Church for their Ekklesia Project series. There will be Mass at 9 AM, then breakfast, then my talk.The topic is "One Weird Trick to Being a Good Catholic Family." How to identify "one weird trick" thinking in your spiritual life, and what to do instead.Hope to see you there! I may or may not be speaking at another event somewhere in the state of … [Read more...]

No earthquake here. At the Synod, the Church teaches us how to dress for the feast.

pastoral earthquake

Yesterday's second reading at Mass had two major ideas:(1) God wants everyone. (2) Not everyone wants God.In this parable, the king has invited all the expected, honored guests to his son's wedding, but they not only refused his invitation, but abused and killed the messengers who invited them.This  is old news -- as old as Adam and Eve, as old as the War in Heaven -- and would not even be a story at all if the king didn't then decide to do something scandalous and unexpected:  h … [Read more...]

Brilliant men in dark boxes

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Anybody remember when this happened?   This was back in 2011, when the NAACP hid a prominent statue of George Washington inside a wooden box during a MLK Day rally, offering the terminally lame excuse that the box that shielded the crowd from Washington's face would make a more suitable backdrop for the rally’s speakers.   The NAACP denies any intention of disrespect, but their narrow view of history is no secret:  anyone who owned slaves is a racist, and anyone … [Read more...]


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