Thanksgiving Flag Football Who Am I?

The philosopher wonders, “why am I here?” He considers the natural order, man’s place within it, and the thoughts of others who have sought to understand man’s nature and what fulfills it. The religious person gratefully asks God, “why did you give me life?” In addition to the understanding obtained through philosophy, the religious person... [Read more...]

The John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row at the base of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming No Trust in Princes

Soon we’ll have a new president. At the time of writing (last week) we were still waiting for the election, still embroiled in pre-election scandal and controversy in a political spectacle that just wouldn’t stop. Today we make the transition to post-election scandal and controversy. Although I didn’t know who would be elected, I’m confident... [Read more...]

Aleteia, Canonization 2014 - The Eve in St Peters Square (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Church is not a Government

The Church is not a government, and in these not-so-serene days of state debate, we can be thankful for that. A democracy, for instance, is like a babysitter. Her classic question is, “What did your mom say you could do?” A babysitter receives delegated authority from the consensus between parents, and it lasts only a limited time. The children... [Read more...]

5 Meditations for Election Week

This election has all the attraction of a highway car crash. It’s gruesome to behold, but we can’t seem to turn away. Much of America is disillusioned about the candidates, yet record numbers watched the presidential debates. And like a car crash, there is the danger of rubbernecking. We can get so sucked into this election’s tragedy that... [Read more...]

Captive Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) in flight in the United Kingdom Give Us Wisdom to Govern

“Give me, therefore, wisdom and knowledge to govern this people, for otherwise who could rule this vast people of yours?” (2 Chr 1:9–10) Ascending the throne of Israel, Solomon trembled inside. King David, Solomon’s father, had ruled a united Israel for thirty years. He spent much of that time expanding his borders and expelling rival tribes,... [Read more...]

Put No Trust in Princes (or Politicians)

In early 20th-century France, Catholics were in a rather precarious situation. Growing anti-Catholic sentiment had gradually reduced the role of the Church in public life. In 1905, the Church officially lost her status as the state religion. The Eldest Daughter of the Church had been marginalized by “laïcité.” This resulted in new hardships, both... [Read more...]

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