"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Prophetic Voice of the Catholic Church — Dignity of the Human Person and the Right to Life

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) We live in an age that is filled with signs and wonders, many of which are ominous and terrifying—our economies continue in turmoil, wars and the fears of terrorism rage, our environment is being […]

Photography © by Randy HainPhotography © by Randy Hain

The Eclipse of Happiness

I don’t think I’d be too far wrong in saying that most people in the Western world are not happy campers at the moment. Between the riots in Greece, the Occupy >>>Insert Town/Place Here<<< movement and all the real suffering caused by the economic crisis, it is fair to say that most people’s stress level has gone up and their […]

St. Teresa Benedicta of the CrossSt. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Truth and Love

Peter said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” The words Jesus has for us are “Love your God with your whole heart, your whole soul and your whole mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” The words are simple but putting them into action is not always easy. For example when we proclaim […]

"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo

Practical Steps to Love Jesus More Deeply

We live in difficult times as Catholics. Quite possibly it has always been this way. The culture sends messages to us that are very harmful to our spiritual life. If we have become blind to this truth, it is likely that we are pursuing success as defined by the secular world instead of pursuing the holiness God has called us […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

Johnny Be Good … and Loving

In my last article, I penned a story about Johnny and Sara that was meant to help make concrete the metaphysical and anthropological concepts that we have been discussing so far. Without further ado, let me provide an answer key to see if we’re on the same page. This key is NOT exhaustive. I could write a volume on the […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from C. S. Lewis

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from—my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.” […]

"Daniel's Answer to the King" (detail) by Briton Rivière"Daniel's Answer to the King" (detail) by Briton Rivière

Sunday’s Prophecy and the Holy Father’s Visit

To the faithful Catholic who takes spiritual reading seriously, every daily reading is a multivalent spiritual lesson conveying true history, law, wisdom and prophecy. The transcendent impact of the daily inerrant word of God is imperceptible to the empirical senses but potentially earthshattering to the soul spiritually attuned to eternal truth. This Sunday’s Old Testament reading at Holy Mass from […]

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien

Catholic Quote of the Day — from J.R.R. Tolkien

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the […]

St. Michael the ArchangelSt. Michael the Archangel

What it means for Johnny to be Good

Back when this series first ran, I was being interviewed one morning by Brian Patrick, then-host of the Son Rise Morning Show in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had been discussing my article, Johnny Be Good, and admittedly the conversation was a bit abstract for 6:35 in the morning. Near the end of the interview Brian asked me to give a concrete example and […]


Johnny Be Good—An Introduction

Every day, in homes around the world and in every language, parents are ushering their children out the door and off to school, camp, a sleep-over or some other parent-free function with the time honoured exhortation: “Have fun and be good!” Some children, usually the older and more worldly-wise, will mutter under their breath that the two commands “have fun” […]