Because My Brother Imran Yousef Is An American Hero

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Back when he was a freshly minted United States Marine. Photo: Courtesy of Imran Yousuf

Another kid from New York was in the nightclub that turned into a killing zone early Sunday morning. His name is Yousef, and he saved a lot of lives.

The Marine Corps Times published his story, but his New York connections are fleshed out in this article by the Times Union, out of Albany. Also, this person is related to me. Have a look, [Read more…]

Thanks to Our Mothers: Past, Present, and Future

Breakfast in Bed (1897) by Mary Cassatt – oil on canvas, Huntington Library

This Sunday in the United States we celebrate our mothers. Though it is a secular holiday, it’s one of the best ones on the calendar. I want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers out there.

The portrait above is by Mary Cassatt and is entitled Breakfast in Bed. I have very fond memories of being cuddled by my mother and of seeing my wife cuddle my children like this (before they grew into bean stalks!) as well.

To help celebrate this life giving vocation, I found these thoughts on the importance of motherhood from one of my favorite Catholic authors. Once again, G.K. Chesterton, the Apostle of Common Sense, hits the nail right on the head. [Read more…]

The Only Race I’m Interested In This Year Isn’t Decided In November

By Ford Motor Company [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Ford GT, GTLM Class, race car. Photograph by Ford Motor Company [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons.


And I’m not sorry to say that. Far from it. The horse I’m backing is pictured above, and the race I’m referring to is held in LeMans, France, in June.

But Frank! What about the race for POTUS? How do you not lay awake at night in fear of what is at stake? The country, man. OMG! [Read more…]

Would You Believe That Young Arab Muslims Are Sending Love Letters To Israel? UPDATED

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Translation: “We love Israel, but in our country we can not show it, and if we do, we can get killed.” Image uploaded to BeTzaHal on Facebook.

 

Of course you wouldn’t. Because to hear of such a thing would bring into question the idea that you’ve come to believe. You know, the idea that Muslims are a bloc of jihad mongering zealots.

Well, here’s a story I found in the Al-Monitor that torpedoes that tidy little narrative. Take a look, [Read more…]

Archbishop Kurtz: “Marriage is and always will be the union between one man and one woman.”

Today was the day oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges came before the Supreme Court of the United States. The opening statement by Mary Bonauto made it 39 seconds before the questioning by the justices began. [Read more…]

For The Unshakeable Faith Of The Families Of The Egyptian Martyrs

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“The Martyrdom of St. Alban” Trinity College, Dublin

Having a look at the photo gallery of National Geographic’s article, Portraits Capture Unexpected Reactions to ISIS Beheadings, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the words Jesus said to the eleven at the Last Supper, right before he began what is known as the High Priestly Prayer, [Read more…]

Because Thomas Merton Gave Lectures Like This On Love

Of the theological virtues Faith, Hope, and Love, St. Paul writes that the greatest of these is Love. Our Lord also said so when He was being questioned by the scholar of the law and gave us the Two Greatest Commandments, both of which are based on love; the love of God and the love of neighbor.

It sounds pretty easy, and in theory it is. But in practice? [Read more…]

James Foley’s Last Letter: Prayers, Family, and Love

 

Throughout my Marine Corps career, I wrote many letters home to my family. I served long before the advent of social media, so the letter writing kits available at the PX were what I used to write home with. I’d write my mom and dad, let them know how I was doing, etc.

Later, after I got married, the letters were to my wife. And then to my wife and my children. [Read more…]

Keep Calm, And Keep Praying. We Aren’t Abandoning The Persecuted In Iraq UPDATED

 

On Thursday, President Obama gave a brief speech that raised the hackles of folks seeking speedy solutions to the slaughter of Christians, and other religious minorities, that is occurring at the hands of the Islamist fighters of ISIS. From news website Capitol Hill Blue, Ken Dilania and Robert Burns reported the following, [Read more…]

To Leave the Shackles of Human History Behind

Image credit: Adam Cuerden.

“Hancock at Gettysburg,” credit: Adam Cuerden.

 

It is ironic to run a post with a title claiming that one of the reasons Why I Am Catholic is to leave history behind. Especially when I have written in the past that one of the main reasons why I am Catholic today is because of Church history. Let me explain this paradox. [Read more…]


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