To combat racism, try reviving the black family

Gomez has made an assertion of evil, the evil of racism, as if it were endemic in America and self-evident. I do not deny that relations between blacks and whites in the United States are bad. I also do not deny that human beings will use race as a cause for enmity; anything will be … Read more To combat racism, try reviving the black family

A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

In the 4th Century, St. Augustine lamented the decline of Rome and Roman culture. Like any good citizen, he loved his country and culture. But things were falling to pieces, decadence was everywhere. He struggled to understand this and accept it. In his sorrow he wrote The City of God which contains his own observations … Read more A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

10 Traffic Rules Everyone Forgets

Speeding No matter how long you’ve been driving, there’s a good chance you tend to speed every now and then. Even going 5 miles-per-hour over the limit is against the law. Curious about speed limits around the country? The National Motorists Association has this guide for every state. Not Stopping Stop means stop—as in a … Read more 10 Traffic Rules Everyone Forgets

Four Disciplines of Worthy Disciples

In the Gospel this Sunday [June 28, 2020], the Lord gives four important principles for a disciple. He also teaches on the concept of being worthy of Him. We tend think of being worthy as acting in a way that meets a certain standard, but the Greek word for “worthy” involves more than merely external … Read more Four Disciplines of Worthy Disciples

The wisest way….

“O my God, you and you alone are all wise and all knowing! You know, you have determined everything that will happen to us from first to last. You have ordered things in the wisest way, and you know what will be my lot year by year until I die. You know how long I … Read more The wisest way….

Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

Here’s a simple fact: Life is brief. We have limited time in the world. So how should we use it? Before answering, consider that word should. Should is a modest, single syllable with immodestly thick implications. It suggests that different paths forward in life exist. Some are right, and some are wrong. Thus our choices … Read more Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

The history and mystery of America’s long-lost pickle sandwich

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why bread-and-butter pickles are called bread-and-butter pickles? “I thought they were called that because they’re sweeter and less vinegary,” a friend tells me. “You know, smooth as butter.” I had never questioned their name either, but rather quietly, to myself, word-associated bread-and-butter with “reliable”—just like the idiom. What … Read more The history and mystery of America’s long-lost pickle sandwich

15 Tips to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away: Treat Pools of Water Treat pools of water you can’t drain to kill mosquito larvae. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to get rid of standing water. And sometimes, like when you have a small pond, you just don’t want to. And we certainly love adding water features to the backyard. Pour … Read more 15 Tips to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard

Add Cloves In Lemons And Limes To Keep Bees, Mosquitoes, Wasps And Flies Away

Cloves are powerful fly repellents, as flies detest their scent. Most insects don’t like herbs with a strong aroma, so it would be useful to keep a pot of mint close to the doorway as well! Cloves essential oil effectively keeps mosquitoes at bay too. You can mix it with olive oil, rubbing alcohol, or … Read more Add Cloves In Lemons And Limes To Keep Bees, Mosquitoes, Wasps And Flies Away

First Family, Then Freedom

Without stronger kin, the American way grows fatally weak. . . . We should be concerned about the falling fortunes of the family in this nation because, as Thomas Klingenstein has noted, such a downfall poses a very real threat to the health of the American way of life. Consider three key elements of our … Read more First Family, Then Freedom

Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

We are now reaping the whirlwind of irrationality led by the so-called “educated-class”. . . . It seems that almost everybody is angry these days, and there are a lot of good reasons for it. Injustices have abounded in the last few months. Bad cops have killed helpless citizens, rioters and looters have disrupted legal … Read more Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

What To Do When Children Leave the Church

It’s a heartbreak for faithful Catholics parents when their children leave the Church. Even among families trying to do everything right, results are often mixed. Since we are one family in Christ, it is a situation that affects us all. For families suffering this heartache, here are insights from an author in that situation, a … Read more What To Do When Children Leave the Church

Helping a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide

Grief after losing someone to suicide can feel like a rollercoaster, full of intense ups and downs and everything in between. There are healthy ways to cope loss. Resources are available on campus to help your friend’s academic and emotional needs. Encourage your friend to reach out to other friends, family, and supportive others when … Read more Helping a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide

The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

In this miserable Covid-19 spring, it’s tempting for remote workers to vent our frustrations with being hemmed in, forced to stare at screens while unable to do much else other than walk around the block or go to Costco. Yet the pain felt by the teleworking middle class is dwarfed by that of working-class Americans. … Read more The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

Confronting the Heart of Darkness

The first thing that might strike us about Fr. Longenecker’s book is that he understands not only that the very air is thick with angels but that the angels themselves are not always what they seem. Some of them are deceptive. They are angelic in the fallen sense of the word, which is to say … Read more Confronting the Heart of Darkness

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”: Reflections on Fulton Sheen

When I got my first teaching job (about fifteen years ago now), I simply wouldn’t give a lecture on any topic whatsoever without looking to see if Sheen had a talk on the subject that I could listen to first. And, of course, he had talks on nearly everything. Even so there were a handful … Read more “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”: Reflections on Fulton Sheen

What is Wrong – Chesterton was right. We are what’s wrong with the world.

It is over a century since G. K. Chesterton published his book What’s Wrong with the World. He had originally wanted to call it “What’s Wrong” but the publisher insisted on the longer title. In its pages the multitudinous problems associated with modernity are analyzed and solutions are posited. The reader will note that neither … Read more What is Wrong – Chesterton was right. We are what’s wrong with the world.

How The Pandemic Is Upping Substance Abuse

This is a “pandemic within a pandemic,” according to addiction expert Tim Ryan, who’s watched the coronavirus outbreak exacerbate the preexistent opioid and mental health crises with devastating effect. Ryan, the star of A&E’s 2017 “Dope Man” special, is the founder of “A Man In Recovery Foundation,” which partners with Rehab.com. A former heroin addict, … Read more How The Pandemic Is Upping Substance Abuse

What is acedia, how do you pronounce it, and why does this priest tweet about it?

What should you be doing right now? If the answer is “not reading this article,” you might want to keep going. If you’re reading this article because you’re distracting yourself from something that needs to be done, you might be struggling with something called acedia. On March 2, just before the coronavirus pandemic caused shutdowns … Read more What is acedia, how do you pronounce it, and why does this priest tweet about it?

Kitchen Nightmares In The Restaurant Apocalypse of 2020

Restaurants never run themselves. The work routine cannot be established and then left on autopilot. The work is endless and thankless. Five percent of it, perhaps, has something to do with cooking; the other 95 percent is cleaning, budgeting, ordering, hiring, managing, filling out paperwork and paying taxes. A restaurant is not a big dinner … Read more Kitchen Nightmares In The Restaurant Apocalypse of 2020

Will This Novel Virus Revive Older Ones?

As I recently wrote here, and spoke about here, bans on elective surgery invoked by governors across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many people to suffer and even possibly face fatal consequences due to delays in necessary medical care. But there are other reasons why the public health emergency has … Read more Will This Novel Virus Revive Older Ones?

Welfare States in Miniature

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” advises the proverb. Why not? Anyone who ever has spoken with an investment adviser has heard the sermon about diversification of risk. And most people understand that in the context of an investment portfolio. But in other contexts, we respond to risk with the opposite of … Read more Welfare States in Miniature

Arlington (VA) Schools Curb Learning in the Name of “Equity”

The schools in Arlington County are refusing to teach children anything new out of a concern for “equity.” Although the schools are physically closed due to coronavirus, students have been doing their assignments from home using school-issued electronic devices. Now school officials fear students will learn differently if they come from different home environments or … Read more Arlington (VA) Schools Curb Learning in the Name of “Equity”

America is awash in overmothered men

Growing up fatherless, or with a father a son rarely sees due to divorce or workaholism (yes, that’s a thing), almost invariably stunts a boy’s growth. The end result is almost always too much mother, which means boys will absorb all so much femininity and none of the masculinity they need. Ergo, he will spend … Read more America is awash in overmothered men

Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law recently caused a stir with her ignorant and nakedly authoritarian Arizona Law Review essay calling for a ban on homeschooling. On its own, the article is bad. In context, it is worse. Professor Bartholet is hardly the first progressive academic to call for a ban on homeschooling. She is … Read more Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling