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Black, White, and Grays and the Sermon on the Mount

One way to make enemies and antagonize people is to challenge the spirit of the world. The world has a spirit, as each age has a spirit. There are certain unanalyzed assumptions which govern the conduct of the world. Anyone who challenges these worldly maxims, such as “you only live once,” “get as much out […]

Abortion and The Tyranny of the Now

—and from the blog post Abortion {Still} Isn’t Healthcare by Jenny Uebbing at Mama Needs Coffee Let’s put aside the immorality of abortion for a moment. Abortion, which isn’t healthcare. And let’s speak of the procedure in a vacuum, as it were, leaving aside the obvious, ludicrously-demonstrable humanity of the baby, and focus solely on […]

What Religion and Lions Have in Common

“Herod feared John,” knowing that he was a “just and holy man.” The wicked fear the good, because the good are a constant reproach to their consciences. The ungodly like religion in the same way that they like lions, either dead or behind bars: they fear religion when it breaks loose and begins to challenge […]

On Inquiries About Religion

Herod will forever be the model of those who make inquiries about religion, but who never act rightly on the knowledge they receive. Like train announcers, they know all the stations, but never travel. Head knowledge is worthless, unless accompanied by submission of the will and right action. + Inquiries about religion do not produce […]

Worldly Wisdom Vs. Divine Wisdom

The big cities are sometimes thought to contain all the wisdom, while the little towns are looked upon as backward and unprogressive. Christ chose the insignificant Bethlehem for the glory of His birth; the ridiculed Nazareth for His youth; but the glorious  Jerusalem for the ignominy of His death. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” […]

To Go Over Not to Catholics, but to Catholicism

“I must say, I haven’t seen any signs of the Catholic zeal for making converts. I’ve really got to know a whole lot of Catholics, and up to now there isn’t one of you that has moved a finger to convert me!” Randi looked at him attentively a moment: “Perhaps that’s just why. Because you […]

How to Never Die Too Young

May we never die too soon! This does not mean dying young; It means not dying with our appointed tasks undone. It is indeed a curious fact that no one ever thinks of Our Lord as dying too young! This is because He finished His Father’s business. But no matter how old we are when […]