March 4, 2024

Recently, I wrote about the Super Bowl ad “He Gets Us.” In the comments section, a reader made the following observation about suffering that I want to explore. This reader often claims that the unnecessary suffering of children proves an “All-powerful, All-knowing, All-loving God” cannot exist. Giving weight to real world data means that I cannot achieve the level of self-deception that is necessary to believe in an All-powerful, All-knowing, All-loving God. It is very likely that there is a... Read more

February 29, 2024

Trump, being so obviously irreligious, may initially seem like an odd choice to turn the U.S. into a Christian version of a country like Iran, where laws are based on far-right interpretations of religious texts. But that’s why he’s so valuable to the Christian right. They know most Americans oppose Christian nationalism, especially the parts where we lose free speech and sexual rights. The only way to seize power and get the theocratic agenda enacted is through trickery. Some percentage... Read more

February 20, 2024

In a recent article, I highlighted one of my favorite bands (Waterdeep). For this article, allow me to highlight one of my favorite recording artists (Catholic or otherwise), John Michael Talbot (JMT). One of my favorite songs by JMT is Healer of My Soul; a song very appropriate for the season of Lent. As Catholics enter the penitential season of Lent, a season where we reexamine our lives in the light of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us, this song provides... Read more

February 18, 2024

Did you see it? If you watched Super Bowl LVIII, you know what I am referring to—the foot washing commercial put out by “He Gets Us.” Click here to see the video again. In the video, various people wash the feet of others. A youth washes the feet of an older man (probably his father) An African American policeman washes the foot of a young African American man A blonde girl washes the feet of another girl with colored hair... Read more

February 9, 2024

First off, any attempt at a discussion of slavery today presents some challenges. I (and the Catholic Church) condemn slavery. However, the fact remains that God allowed slavery among the Jewish people (and provided laws on holding slaves). St. Paul wrote a letter to a Christian slave owner named Philemon, yet did not demand he give up owning slaves. The Catholic Church had a former slave as a pope (Callixtus I). Indeed, the subject of slavery does present a significant... Read more

February 8, 2024

Anyone familiar with contemporary Christian music understands that most lacks any real theological substance. Most seem like a typical love song with the words “God” and “Jesus” in place of the usual love interest of the singer/songwriter. One exception to this rule is 18 Bullet Holes by the husband-and-wife band Waterdeep. Aside from the beauty of the music, the lyrics reflect a true understanding of suffering and how Jesus enters our suffering and understands it. We see this reality also... Read more

January 29, 2024

A motorist removed a barricade and road closure sign from a road shut by a landslide before driving “directly” into a large hole in the roadway, Tillamook County [in Oregon] sheriff’s officials said in a news release. “This has been an ongoing problem, with people removing the barriers and driving on the closed portion of the road,” Deputy Ben Berger said in the release. “Obviously it is extremely dangerous.” [emphasis added] The above, while seemingly incomprehensible, truly happened as reported... Read more

January 23, 2024

With the decisive victory of former president Donald Trump at the Iowa Caucuses, the latest version of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) kicked into high gear on legacy and social media. Progressive political pundits, “journalists,” vloggers, and bloggers all railed in unison of the “evil” that is former President Donald J. Trump. (The below is BEFORE Governor Ron DeSantis announced the end of his presidential campaign) For example: Ana Navarro’s Reaction to Iowa Caucuses Or headlines like: With Trump’s victory in... Read more

January 22, 2024

Guest Contributor: Pilgrim You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. (Matthew 24:6-8) The world seems to be a very dangerous place just now – environmentally, politically, socially, and economically. We are witnessing the decay of Western... Read more

January 19, 2024

Recently, a reader reached out to me for a one-on-one exchange on social media. He wished to convince me all the God stuff I believe was false superstition.  We engaged in a very civil conversation as to why I, a practicing Catholic, ought to abandon my current belief system for his atheistic one. He asked me the basic questions as to why I believe God exists, and I answered him. As the conversation continued, he remarked that he intended to... Read more

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