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

Managing Violence

Human destructiveness is not a problem to be solved; it is a problem to be managed. . . . The recent run of violence inside the hot zone of militia-occupied Seattle — a teenager has been shot dead, another man suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds, etc. — is the least surprising development of the episode. Of … Read more Managing Violence

God wishes us to be meek even toward ourselves.

God wishes us to be meek even toward ourselves. When a person commits a fault, God certainly wishes him to humble himself, to be sorry for his sin, and to purpose never to fall into it again; but he does not wish him to be indignant with himself, and give way to trouble and agitation … Read more God wishes us to be meek even toward ourselves.

Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

As with the Weather Underground, America’s privileged are now lashing out at their own self-loathing. . . . But who are these cultural revolutionaries? The conventional wisdom goes that this is the inner-cities erupting, economically disadvantaged victims of racism enraged over the murder of George Floyd. The reality is something more…bourgeoisie. As Kevin Williamson observed … Read more Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

5 Crucial Things You Need to Know About Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19

What can we do to limit asymptomatic spread? Any time a virus can be spread by people without symptoms, you have to turn to preventative measures. Social distancing measures and lockdowns work, but have large economic and social repercussions. These were necessary when epidemiologists didn’t know how the virus was spreading, but now we know … Read more 5 Crucial Things You Need to Know About Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19

(NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Billions of dollars in planned upgrades to the transit system — including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations — will be frozen indefinitely due to financial fallout from the pandemic, THE CITY has learned. MTA officials are expected to reveal Wednesday that a 60-day hold on “capital projects” that was … Read more (NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Jacobinism in Golden Gate Park

The mob who toppled monuments to Junipero Serra, Francis Scott Key, and Ulysses S. Grant would compress past, present, and future into the almighty now. It is pointless to observe the historical ignorance of the mob — or protesters, but this was not a peaceful group — that toppled monuments to Father Junípero Serra, Francis … Read more Jacobinism in Golden Gate Park

Managing Violence

Human destructiveness is not a problem to be solved; it is a problem to be managed. . . . The recent run of violence inside the hot zone of militia-occupied Seattle — a teenager has been shot dead, another man suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds, etc. — is the least surprising development of the episode. Of … Read more Managing Violence

Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Executing child murderers does not make Bill Barr any less pro-life. Catholics, says Attorney General William Barr, “understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.” Saccharine? Perhaps. But this remark from Barr’s now-infamous Notre Dame speech summarizes the faith of a man whose public Catholicism has for decades emphasized both … Read more Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

On Public Statuary

Although scientists like to flatter themselves, this is not an “age of science.” The use of reason to make sense of things has been in decline for a long time, and we compare rather poorly to the men of the Dark Ages, who could be quite handy with if/then propositions. We believe what we want … Read more On Public Statuary

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Bizarro World

Politically correct etiquette sets boundaries around social class, constantly diminishing the supply of respectable people by casting out delinquents. For urban professionals, the precarity of living on the precipice of cancellation is the price of erecting barriers to entry around their institutions and social spheres. It is no coincidence that the new standards of etiquette … Read more Bizarro World

Everything Beautiful, Abortion Destroys: Mother Teresa in 1985, 35 Years Ago

Will we do everything in our power not to destroy life? Will we love? Will we be loved? Mother Teresa put these kinds of questions 35 years ago this weekend to the National Right to Life convention. Help mothers, whomever they may be, wherever they may be. And if they don’t want their children, “Mother … Read more Everything Beautiful, Abortion Destroys: Mother Teresa in 1985, 35 Years Ago

Small Is Beautiful: How Small Groups Can Transform Large Parishes

Week after week attending Sunday Mass at her newfound parish, Mariette Coolidge had not yet made a friend. She had uprooted her life in California after the death of her husband and moved to Huntersville knowing nobody but her immediate family. As a community of 8,000 souls, St. Mark’s Catholic Church looked formidable. “I met … Read more Small Is Beautiful: How Small Groups Can Transform Large Parishes

This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

Britain is in the throes of a Cultural Revolution. Statues are being tumbled, past art erased, people cancelled. Wide-eyed Woke Guards, heirs to Maoist-style intolerance, are compiling lists of monuments to target and individuals to humiliate. They are remorseless. Nothing old that runs counter to their newthink can be tolerated. Tear it all down. The … Read more This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

The White-Guilt Cult

It’s been coming for some time, this transmutation of white guilt into a cult, a religion that borrows from and intersects with Christianity but substitutes its own liturgy. In the Nineties, liberal white Hollywood filmmakers began to nourish a fantasy that black people were imbued with magical powers, and they built stories around angelic or … Read more The White-Guilt Cult

The Jonestowning of America

When the Democrats claim to care about black lives, they take them in horrifying numbers. . . . Dave Patrick Underwood, an African-American Federal Protective Service officer, was shot and killed at the Ronald V. Dellums Building during the radical riots in Oakland, California. A building named after Congressman Dellums is burdened with its own … Read more The Jonestowning of America

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

How the Drug War Broke Policing

During our national conversation on police and criminal justice, there will be many reforms proposed that will help increase police accountability and encourage better behavior. We should absolutely reform unions, abolish qualified immunity, and address how police are investigated after excessive force is used. But it is also important that we look to one of … Read more How the Drug War Broke Policing

The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

The class war in our country isn’t a matter of the poor vs. the rich; it’s a matter of business class vs. first class, E-Class vs. S-Class. Where the Left goes, squalor follows. The scene in militia-occupied Seattle is entirely familiar, the same kind of theatrical filth that has been a part of American counterculture … Read more The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

Madison believed that the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment were the source “for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity, over error and oppression.” Even so, the new nation experienced backslides into censorship from the very beginning. The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed in 1798, and mobs gathered to … Read more Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

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