Promised Land

The Tyranny of Tolerance

When the Supreme Court re-defined marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision to include same-sex relationships, it was immediately clear that this sea change would create a conflict between this newly-discovered constitutional right, and the first freedom listed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: the right of religious liberty. Everyone from pundits [...]

Our Pining for Home

Downtown, early morning, all alone. Ten stories up, staring across the Hudson River, at nothing. Tears filled my eyes. ¤ ¤ ¤ ¤ Looking across the East River from the taxi cab window, I was rapt by the twilight skyline of Manhattan. The sight of the bejeweled city stirred memories of Gershwin melodies, gangster stories, and scenes from [...]

No Petty Virtues

Some time ago, an online discussion of NFP took an interesting turn. I remember it especially because I got off a pretty good zinger. (And that's what we Catholic bloggers do to advance the kingdom of God: We zing people.) The Other Guy's argument went like this: Sure, sure, the Church permits NFP to space [...]

Hallowed Be Thy Name

  The refugees returning to the Promised Land after 70 years of captivity in Babylon had a problem. He was a killjoy named Haggai, and he was chewing them out for rebuilding their houses.   Well . . . that's not exactly the case. His complaint wasn't so much that they were building their houses [...]

The Widow of Nain

The message was terse and professionally uninformative: "This is Chandler Regional Hospital. Your son is here. You will need to come over." A message from my son's roommate gave me a few more details. "Gus spent all night vomiting, and this morning he was deaf. I had to take him to the ER." I couldn't [...]

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