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.

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

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

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

Amid Coronavirus, Catholic Psychologists Provide a Frame for Suicide Prevention

Moore said roommates and family members should pay close attention to their loved ones who are acting oddly, especially if they have a history of suicidal thoughts. She highlighted some of the biggest signs associated with suicidal tendencies which may or may not be communicated directly. She pointed to evidence such as abusing substances, lacking … Read more Amid Coronavirus, Catholic Psychologists Provide a Frame for Suicide Prevention

Wendell Berry, the Benedict Option, and the Vocation of Fatherhood

The phenomenon in the Catholic blogosphere of “The Benedict Option” was interesting. I think it’s mostly over now, because I’ve seen less copycats coming up with other “[Saint] Options.” Most who came up with various “options” focused heavily on Rod Dreher’s choosing the right saint to imitate for the right reasons. Most of them thought … Read more Wendell Berry, the Benedict Option, and the Vocation of Fatherhood

9 Reasons You Should Have A Baby This Year If You’re Young And Married

Considering how many children I would like to have when I am 50 has brought me to the conclusion that I want as many as my husband and I can responsibly care for. So far we have five. When I was a teen and in my early 20s, nobody told me how fulfilling and meaningful … Read more 9 Reasons You Should Have A Baby This Year If You’re Young And Married

Parents Beware: These New Satanic Books for Kids Are No Laughing Matter

The devil is a copycat. While most children’s books have a noble goal – to teach, to inspire, to entertain – Satan himself seems to have guided the writing of some new books which are flying off the shelves, encouraging young children to pursue evil. One of the most popular titles among those who would … Read more Parents Beware: These New Satanic Books for Kids Are No Laughing Matter

Where Have All the Grown-Ups Gone?

A society that turns its back on holy matrimony and refuses the blessing of children is doomed to fail. . . . Those of my generation might recall the song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, a hit record by the Kingston Trio, among others, composed by Pete Seeger. Part of the folk music revival … Read more Where Have All the Grown-Ups Gone?

Extreme Aging and Demographics

Japan now has over 70,000 people who are more than 100 years old. That stunning fact comes from Extreme Economies, an interesting new book by Richard Davies. Davies looks at extreme economies around the world such as extreme failure (Darien, Kinshasa, Glasgow), extreme resilience (Aceh, Angola Prison, LA), extreme inequality (Santiago) and in the case … Read more Extreme Aging and Demographics

Got family and friends in debt? Here’s the best gift you can give them.

During the holiday season a lot of people — eager to please — toss financial common sense out the window. They shop until they drop, racking up debt. So, I try to get them to see the light. As I often say, it’s about your presence, not the presents. This is the message I gave … Read more Got family and friends in debt? Here’s the best gift you can give them.

US Fertility Data

The US total fertility rate continues to fall, according to 2018 final birth data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The total fertility rate (TFR) is “the expected number of lifetime births per woman women given current birth rates by age.” Generally, the TFR needs to be at least 2.1 for a society to … Read more US Fertility Data

Behavioral Poverty

More than 50 years of social-sciences evidence demonstrates that behavior is highly predictive of many important life outcomes. Children who are temperamental, fussy, and aggressive often cause their parents to withdraw affection and to limit supervision, which leads to further bad behavior later on, along with subsequent struggles and frustration. Adolescents who verbally accost or … Read more Behavioral Poverty