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

January 1, 2015 27 Comments
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 […]

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

December 30, 2014 104 Comments
"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 […]

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

December 7, 2014 49 Comments
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 […]

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

September 30, 2014 28 Comments
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, […]

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

February 20, 2014 4 Comments
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 […]

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Biblical teaching on the use of colorful and harsh language.

February 18, 2014 16 Comments

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 […]

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

January 26, 2014 92 Comments
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 […]

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

January 24, 2014 14 Comments
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 […]

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