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

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

On kneeling

One kneels to what one believes to be holy: Jesus Christ, in the case of faithful Catholics; or political correctness, in the case of those who deny Him. In the present circumstances, when the former are denied access to the Sacraments in many places, especially here in Canada, we may still kneel in prayer. This … Read more On kneeling

With Cries That Pierce Me to the Heart: A Priestly Testimony of Grief in These Times

This moment of shared outrage and unified demands for action has so quickly devolved into partisan hatred, venomous blame-game accusations, racial strife and bitter division. The death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minnesota police officers is an event that united us all in shock and anger. As a video recording shows, Floyd’s … Read more With Cries That Pierce Me to the Heart: A Priestly Testimony of Grief in These Times

The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

All decent Americans stand against racism. But if we’re to live as brothers, we must stop indicting all those who share a skin tone for the sins of others. . . . [W]hy are so many people acting as if it were their knee, not Derek Chauvin’s, that pressed down on George Floyd? The answer … Read more The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

We used to joke on Wall Street that you should marry a trader at another firm, trade with only each other, and by end of the year one would have made a lot of money and the other lost the exact same amount. The winner would be paid a big bonus, and the loser only … Read more What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

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.

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?

Here’s the Secret to Long Confession Lines

What’s the secret to bringing Catholics back to confession? According to priests with parishes that have strong cultures of confession, how the priest approaches the sacrament of reconciliation and also makes it available to the faithful at times convenient for them is key. A poll conducted in November by EWTN News & RealClear Politics showed … Read more Here’s the Secret to Long Confession Lines

Essential Tools for Making a Better Confession

Sorrow and contrition To make better confessions begins with greater faith, hope and love: faith in God’s working through the sacrament he established on Easter Sunday evening (John 20:19-23), as well as faith that God can give us his mercy through the same instruments through whom he gives us his Body and Blood; hope that … Read more Essential Tools for Making a Better Confession

We must be careful who we label as saints and heroes and avoid cultism

He was a repository for trust and adulation. He cultivated a “look” which I would describe as aggressively benign. He played the saint in public, well: he was a master of publicity. Owing, no doubt, to my personal nastiness, I was suspicious of him all along. When a Catholic in his position systematically avoids such … Read more We must be careful who we label as saints and heroes and avoid cultism

Seeking God in the Life You Have

“Father Maslej did not fill his life with dreams of the future,” Krizka muses. “He did not run away from cruel reality, to pleasant memories. He accepted reality as God’s will, and by doing that, entered into the present moment.” Father Maslej was around Krizka’s age when the totalitarian state crushed his dreams and threw … Read more Seeking God in the Life You Have