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After a long period of suffocating under an enormous pile of books in my must-read list, I find myself, surprisingly, with some discretion in what I read next. I regret having not paid much attention to original sources, and for neglecting philosophy. I’ve set the following goals for the next few books I add to […]

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Today, the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Dated exactly nine months from her Immaculate Conception, the birth of Our Lady recalls the special grace of preservation from all stain of sin. We rejoice in the grace received by Mary, for by it, she has also become our […]

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The outcome of the November election is irrelevant and was already decided long before any of the presidential candidates declared for the primary races. It was decided before the current president took office. The American people long ago decided to turn away from God and enter into evil on a scope and scale that insured […]

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I told you back in March. You forgot didn’t you. That’s OK, this is a refresher. Tomorrow, September 4, 2016, the Church welcomes a new Saint: Mother Teresa. Read More View Post

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I am continually amazed at how people will take one verse from the Bible (whether they are a devout Christian or an avid atheist) and try to build asinine arguments from that one verse for or against some social issue. It is so important to do good exegesis when it comes to understanding Scripture. Moreover, it […]

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From the blog Thinking Through Christianity and Scott Shiffer of Criswell College comes the first complete review of The Conversion and Therapy of Desire: Augustine’s Theology of Desire in the Cassiciacum Dialogues. [Disclosure: Scott’s a personal friend.] It’s a good summary of the book. And here are a few excerpts: . . . the book is significant for scholars […]

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Let me now state what seems to me the decisive objection to any conservatism which deserves to be called such. It is that by its very nature it cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving. It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance. It has, for this reason, invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing. — F.A. Hayek

I come to praise conservatism, not to bury it. For as much as I tussle with my fellow conservatives on Ricochet, as a conservative libertarian, I consider myself a fellow traveler and a member of the tribe.

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IMG_20160810_171303Mike usually fell asleep during my sermons, and that was okay. It was about twenty years ago; I was serving as interim pastor at a small church. I knew Mike, a police officer, worked a graveyard shift Saturday night, and yet he managed to be in the Sunday morning worship service. I tended to preach too long at the time, and Mike may be the only person who really benefited from the long sermons — he got an extended nap time. Mike came to mind recently, when I had the opportunity to meet with Kate Braestrup, a chaplain with the Maine Warden Service and a best selling author.

For the last 25 years, she’s had a connection with law enforcement. Her first husband was a Maine State Trooper who was killed in an on-duty auto accident. Her daughter currently serves in law enforcement. Needless to say, she’s invested in the subject.

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Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. St. Bernard of Clairvaux is clearly one of the greatest preachers of all time. Born to a noble family near Dijon France in 1090 AD, St. Bernard was inspired by the example of a new religious congregation, the Cistercians, who had abandoned the relative […]

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It’s time to take a break and see what Gd has to say about what is going on. Here’s part of a prayer from the Shacharis (Morning) Service. Yours, Hashem, is the greatness, the strength, the splendor, the triumph, and the glory, everything in heaven and earth. Yours, Hashem, is the kingdom, and the sovereignty over […]

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Packer-PopeThe head of an Arizona agency visited France a few months ago, and offered to take employees’ “special intentions” on his visit to the Catholic holy site of Lourdes. Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries’ email noted that he is a member of the Order of Malta, which is focused on “global works for the poor and the sick” and asked employees to reply with their intentions if they were comfortable doing so.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (headquarted in Madison, WI, because of course they are) was deeply offended by the director’s kind offer and declared it a violation of the First Amendment (PDF).

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Blaise Pascal, mathematician, scientist, inventor, and philosopher, a man who from the age of 16 had been making historic contributions to mathematics and the physical sciences, who, despite a sickly constitution and a capacity for intense abstraction nonetheless oversaw the material construction of his experiments and inventions with great zest, was barely past 30 when saw something unexpected one raw November night. He saw fire. The vision of it so branded him that he sewed the record he made of it, his Memorial, into his coat, carrying it with him the rest of his life:

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review cringe at a new report confirming that top officials at U.S. Central Command changed intelligence reports from their own analysts to paint a false, more optimistic picture of our fight against ISIS. They also laugh as Donald Trump, who hates losers and says only he can fix America, says he’ll be just fine if he loses in November. And they shred Hillary Clinton’s argument to Utah voters that she is and would be a champion of religious liberty for them.

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My fellow Catholics, I have a conundrum for you. There is plenty to applaud in this pop article on eucharistic adoration. But how many Christians wonder as I do about the meaning of their time with “the real presence” of Christ in the Eucharist?  Read More View Post

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“Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” These words of Jesus may suggest that Christianity is about faith and not about knowledge. But it’s not. The separation of belief and seeing, of faith and sight, in the New Testament is only a separation of one […]

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I love @andrewklavan but he’s wrong about this: He argues: Read More View Post

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I am amazed at the calisthenics that NeverTrumpers use to prevent saying what is obvious and what clearly forms in their minds but is stopped from exiting their mouths right at the end of the thought and the beginning of the sound that emanates (figuratively, since most people write their complicated sentences). I remember the […]

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