Fortnight for Freedom

Fighting the Good (albeit Ordinary) Fight

St. Josemaría Escrivá

This week, the Church in the United States is in the midst of the annual Fortnight for Freedom.  The bishops established the Fortnight in 2012 to highlight the need to defend religious liberty. It is a two-week period of prayer, fasting, and action.  There are many feast days that fall in this two week period, including Sts. Thomas More and John […]

Let’s Move Beyond Preaching to the Choir

Photography © by Paul Johnson

The day after Independence Day finds me experiencing an eclectic mix of feelings: elation, hope and anxiety.  Time with my family, Mass yesterday morning and the evening fireworks provided the traditional backdrop for our July 4th celebration, but there was a nagging feeling of dread lurking beneath the surface yesterday that I am struggling to shake.  The most democratic and […]

Fourth of July will be Different this Year

I am not very proud to admit that over the years I have taken the 4th of July, or should I say the real meaning of this national holiday, for granted over the years.   To me, the date has been more about another way and another special day to celebrate summer; my favorite season of the year. When I was […]