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The Way of the Cross

The Challenge of Being Counter-Cultural

It is often said that it is counter-cultural to be a follower of Christ.  No believer who hears that statement disagrees with it, but few of us take it completely to heart.  And that is a deceptively dangerous thing. Before I explain, let’s first clarify what it means to say that to be a Christian is to be counter-cultural.  I […]

"St. Michael the Archangel"

Don’t Succumb to the Secular Tidal Wave

Over lunch this week with a long-time client, the blessing I said at the beginning of the meal was the catalyst for an interesting conversation (as it has been with so many others in the past).  This human resources executive smiled as I made the sign of the cross at the end and said, “Well, I don’t see this every […]

"The Ascension of Christ (Detail)" by Farofalo

The Joy Amidst the Disappointment

What follows is a note I sent to a group of friends who I suspect felt a profound sense of sadness after the presidential election. I share it with you to offer a perspective that will help you see the very real blessing that God has given us, how He has answered our deepest prayers in permitting our disappointment. I […]

The Extraordinary Challenge of Being Counter-Cultural

It is often said that it is counter-cultural to be a follower of Christ.  No believer who hears that statement disagrees with it, but few of us take it completely to heart.  And that is a deceptively dangerous thing. Before I explain, let’s first clarify what it means to say that to be a Christian is to be counter-cultural.  I […]

Many Catholics Choose Homeschooling – Should You?

Homeschooling, defined as “parent-led, home-based education” is the fastest growing form of education, now bordering on the mainstream in the United States. [i] According to National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) , in 2010 more than 2. 04 million students were homeschooled in the United States, and homeschooling has grown by seven percent in the last three years[ii]. 2010 statistics […]

How Far will the Secular Media Go with the Kermit Gosnell Story?

The absolutely gruesome story received national coverage.  When the news broke the week of January 17th about the horrific discoveries at a Philadelphia abortion facility, the story was featured on CBS News, Fox News, the Associated Press, and even the New York Times published a report. The Times buried the story on page A25 but at least they did cover […]

Daily Quote from Donald DeMarco

It is too clear that social justice means different things to different people. One essential point that distinguishes the Catholic Church’s notion of social justice from its secular counterpart has to do with the concept of personal virtue … The secular world compartmentalizes the personal and the social, holding that what one does in his personal life — whether as […]

The Apocalypse of Robert Hugh Benson

Book Review: Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson I’ve just finished reading a most extraordinary novel, one that sheds considerable light on the spiritual predicaments of our own time.  The odd thing is that it was written just over a hundred years ago.  It’s called The Lord of the World, and it was authored by Robert Hugh Benson.  […]

Was America Founded as a Christian Country?

There has been much debate in the last several years over the role of religion in the public square and whether or not the Founding Fathers intended for America to be a Christian Country.  One can read the numerous quotes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others to see the clear influence and frequent mentioning of God in […]

A Habit We Should Never Break

I was in the airport recently and spotted a number of young men and women in military uniforms. I have read about civilians going up to these folks to thank them for their service — and even offering to buy them meals. I think these are wonderful gestures. It reminds me of the times I’ve been thrilled to see sisters […]