human dignity

Approaching the Suicide Surge with Honesty and Resolve

When suicides happen, most respond with discretion and whispers. Because of shock, shame and a desire to avoid speaking ill of the dead, obituaries use euphemisms about unexpected deaths, and family members and friends are understandably reluctant to divulge how their loved one died. There’s almost an unwritten cultural pact between mourners and condolers to get through the funeral with […]

United States Supreme Court

The Abortion Exception to the Practice of Discrimination

In most political and cultural circles, for decades, there has been much talk, passionate action and legal success in the fight against unjust discrimination. Persons are created equal in dignity and most people naturally rebel when someone suffers prejudice or injustice on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, handicap or other reasons. But one area that generally gets […]

The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

The Importance of Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

At the beginning of Lent, I was privileged to help lead a pilgrimage of 40 young adults to the Holy Land. The pilgrims came from the Leonine Forum, a wonderful program founded in 2013 in Washington DC by the late Father Arne Panula and Mitch Boersma of the Catholic Information Center to form Catholics in their 20s and 30s in […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Daily Reflection — A Pure Heart Create for Me, O God

“A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51). Fridays are penitential days for Catholics. Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial […]

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish text.

True Versus False Human Rights

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed three years after the 1945 foundation of the United Nations to give definition to the “fundamental human rights” and “fundamental freedoms” mentioned in the UN Charter. The motivation behind it was to counteract the barbarous acts that occurred at the time of World War II, […]