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A Catholic America Would Be Worth ‘Conserving’

History is a funny thing in that it takes no prisoners. One thing American Conservatives have wrestled with since the foundation of the republic is just what it is they are supposed to be conserving. Europeans and Latin Americans were fairly clear on the point, with a rejection of the principles of the French Revolution [...]

The Atheist Book by “God”

Those prestigious publishers at Simon and Schuster selected All Saints Day to unleash the book world's latest attempt at mocking Christianity. It's called The Last Testament, by God. The author is David Javerbaum, a top writer for 11 years for The Daily Show on Comedy Central, perhaps America's leading religion-hating TV network. Is it any [...]

A Sanctuary in Time

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. -- Psalms 84:1-2   The deepest desire of the heart is expressed in Psalm 84. The lover of God "faints for the courts [...]

Admonish the Sinner

Of all the works of mercy, probably the most thankless and despised is admonishing the sinner. Nobody wants to do it (except human toothaches and people who never get invited to parties), and nobody wants it done to them. "Repent!" is one of those words that eats at the heart of all but the most [...]

Instruct the Ignorant

Back in 1971, when experiments in educational theory from pointy-headed intellectuals with no children were just starting to become all the rage, my fellow seventh graders and I were pulled out of what used to be called a "junior high" and packed off to a newly built experiment in education called Eisenhower Middle School. It [...]

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 [...]

O Lord, Open Our Lips

It may seem strange to assert that Catholics have forgotten how to pray. Surely we still beseech the Lord in times of distress. We attend Mass, we say the rosary. More than that, simply because we are human, by the grace of God the Spirit works within us, with unutterable groans and longings. We pray [...]

Contemplations for Skiing

I ski, but not well. I devote much of my time skiing in prayer to Jesus, whose protection and humor I must beg every ski season. Skiing leaves plenty of time for prayer, as there's really not much to it: You stand atop a mountain and move forward down the slope until you slam into [...]

Grace Is Dark Matter

  It is customary this time of year for the Human Toothache Brigade to break out the ol' secular-humanist signs and try to dampen Christmas spirit, while oversensitive culture warriors overreact with "War on Christmas!!" hyperventilation. It's all good fun, but I find myself less and less moved by either side of it.   If [...]

God’s Laughter

One of the themes that sometimes pops up in Catholic reflections during Easter is the idea of the Resurrection as a sort of divine practical joke. There are grounds for it from both a human and from a supernatural perspective. As Garrison Keillor points out, the disciples on the Emmaus Road were the happy victims [...]

Dispatches from Post-Christian America

Here in Seattle, the Land at the End of History, all you have to do to induce complete credulity in the average Seattleite is preface whatever quack junk you are palming off on our highly sophisticated urban post-Christian crowd with "the Ancient Chinese art of" [insert quack junk]. After all, as we Seattleites all know, [...]

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