Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Without Our Traditions, Our Life Would be as Shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof!

When I was a young man, a teenager really, I did the usual crazy stuff of the early ’70s: had long hair, wore bell bottoms, wide ties, and crazy plaids, kept at least the top three buttons of my shirt open, and, of course, listened to rock-n-roll. But through it all I had this love […] Read the rest of this entry »

“Alas, Alas for the Great City!” An Urgent Plea for Prayer at the New Year!

We are very close to the new year, 2015 AD. And most of us at the new year have it in mind to pray for the future year not only for ourselves, but also for our family, country, and culture. With that in mind, there is something of an admonition to us all that I would […] Read the rest of this entry »

Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise

All the way back in 1973, George Gilder published a book entitled Men and Marriage. He expanded and republished it in 1986. In his book, Gilder argued that our culture was marginalizing men, to its great peril. He articulated the critical role that marriage has in helping men focus their sexual energies in a creative and beneficial […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Only Hope is Holiness: A Meditation on What it will take to Restore our Culture

There has been a tendency for traditional Catholics to hitch their wagons to the Republican Party specifically, and to conservative politics in general. It is demonstrably true that the stated platform of the Republican Party has been more aligned with Catholic teaching on a number of critical issues: abortion, religious liberty, the definition of marriage, […] Read the rest of this entry »

What the Book of Proverbs has to say to us of the times in which we live

We are currently reading from the Book of Proverbs in the Office of Readings. In it are many good descriptions or maxims that state well what we who are believers and seek wisdom are up against. They have a lot to say of the times in which we live. I’d like to review a few of […] Read the rest of this entry »

Biblical teaching on the use of colorful and harsh language.

In the Gospel from last Sunday, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites. We live in a world that often insists on the use of […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Problem of Pot. A Reflection on the Increasing Legalization of Marijuana

It is perhaps emblematic of our decadent times that the two most noteworthy legal maneuvers of late, occupying significant time and resources of the the legislative and judicial branches are: providing legal recognition to homosexual unions, and the legalization of the smoking of marijuana. Welcome to the decadent West. To these legal maneuvers it must […] Read the rest of this entry »

What do the Stages of Starvation have to teach us about the demise of the West?

Physical starvation is not a problem here in the affluent west. And thus one might ask what the stages of starvation could possibly have to teach us about the problems we face in the West. But they do. The form of starvation that is a problem here in the affluent West is spiritual starvation. It […] Read the rest of this entry »

In an age of many problematic trends in public education Catholics need to work harder to provide educational alternatives.

As we trend toward the end of January, Most dioceses sponsor some sort of “Catholic Schools Week” activities. With that in mind a few thoughts occur to me with regard to both the need for alternatives to public school, and the increasing difficulties related to Catholic schools. Indeed, one of the great tragedies of modern […] Read the rest of this entry »

An Image of Grace and the Church in a Paul Simon Song

I’ve got my Gospel Glasses on, and my Holy Hearing Aids, and I’m seeing and hearing God in strange places. There are several Paul Simon songs that register holy thoughts to me, even if he didn’t mean them that way. One them is this one (followed by commentary from me) : When I was a […] Read the rest of this entry »

Toward a proper and richer understanding of the word “Relevant.”

One of the recurring words of modern times is the word “relevance” and it’s related form “relevant.” There is great insistence today that whatever is said, taught, or presented should be relevant. Often what this means is that it should be applicable, reasonable, understandable, easily grasped etc. But there is also a more problematic temporal […] Read the rest of this entry »

Four Factors That Fuel the Crisis in Marriage and Family

Many of you are aware that there is an Extraordinary Synod planned in Rome on the family.   There is surely no hiding the fact that the family is in real crisis, at least in the modern Western World, if not throughout many other parts as well. We do well to ponder the reasons and […] Read the rest of this entry »