When the Phrase “Life Is Important” Becomes More than a Theme Song

01/21/2015 Comments (2)

Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will converge in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. If this year is anything like past years, it will be an event that’s largely ignored by mainstream media, except for the five people who are in favor of abortion.

It’s the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion and really changed a lot of things in this country. In fact, there will be hundreds of thousands marching and walking across the country in support of life. You can also pray along with the 9 Days for Life if you’re not in a position to 

But sometimes, having a face, a story, a NAME, makes it all real in a different way. It makes the theory into...READ MORE

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The Baby Promise

01/20/2015 Comments (17)

I remember it clearly.  I remember the day my future wife and I had the conversation about children.

She asked me, "How many children do you want to have?"

Me, being me, answered.  "Who cares?  Who cares how many children I want?"

My wife, already on her way to sainthood for choosing the cross that is me, said, "I mean, what do you think a good size family is?"

"A good size?  Sixteen.  That is a really good size."

"Why are you being a pain?  You know what I mean."

"Yes, I know what you mean.  I am just trying to make a point.  I don't know what our optimal family size is, but I am very certain that God does.  Let me put it to you this way.  When it comes to children, I make you this...READ MORE

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OneLife LA: What Pro-life Dreams Are Made Of

01/20/2015 Comment

Will thousands march in celebration of the Church’s social teaching on the dignity of human life, in all circumstances, from conception to natural death? The 10,000 people who turned out in Los Angeles for Saturday’s OneLife LA event give a resounding yes to that question.

OneLife LA is a unique pro-life march. While pro-life marches in the U.S. generally focus almost exclusively on the injustice of abortion, OneLife LA took a different approach by celebrating all human life, and encouraging participants to commit to doing something concrete to build a culture of life in their families and communities. Instead of providing a forum for activists and politicians, OneLife LA gave a platform...READ MORE

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Raising Safe, Independent Kids

01/20/2015 Comments (23)

A few people have asked my opinion about the Maryland parents whose kids, age 10 and 6, were allowed to walk home nearly a mile without an adult. According to the Washington Post

On Dec. 20, [the child's father] Alexander [Meitiv] agreed to let the children, Rafi and Dvora, walk from Woodside Park to their home, a mile south, in an area the family says the children know well.

The children made it about halfway.

Police picked up the children near the Discovery building, the family said, after someone reported seeing them.

The family is now under investigation by Child Protective Services. Both parents say that they thought carefully about whether their children were prepared for this...READ MORE

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Chesterton: A Spirit of Vatican II Bibliography

01/18/2015 Comments (10)

Many people know that G.K. Chesterton, a famous defender of the Catholic faith as well as a prolific writer in fields as diverse as murder mysteries, literary criticism, biography, and political, theological and economic thought, fell strangely silent in the mid-1930s and ceased to publish for nearly 50 years. As a result, some speculated he might have died. However, the last few years have seen a fresh outpouring of new and markedly different material from that now-reclusive knight of Christendom. These new writings have been communicated to the outside world through the mediation of an elite team of American theologians from several major Catholic universities. These men and women assure...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Open-Air Mass in Manila

01/18/2015 Comments (6)

In his homily at Mass in Manila today, attended by an estimated six million faithful, Pope Francis called for the protection of the family and young people in the face of the devil's lies and "insidious attacks" on the family. 

"The devil is the father of lies," the Holy Father said. "Often he hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being “modern”, “like everyone else”. He distracts us with the promise of ephemeral pleasures, superficial pastimes. And so we squander our God-given gifts by tinkering with gadgets; we squander our money on gambling and drink; we turn in on ourselves. We forget to remain focused on the things that really matter. We forget to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to Young People in Manila

01/18/2015 Comments (2)

In an address at the University of St. Thomas in Manila today, Pope Francis urged young people to maintain their integrity, show concern for the environment, and to care for the poor.

"It is essential not to lose your integrity, not to compromise your ideals!," the Pope said. "Not to give in to temptations against goodness, holiness, courage and purity!  Rise to the challenge!  With Christ, you will be – indeed you already are! – the architects of a renewed and more just Filipino culture."

He then asked that they show concern for the environment "not only because this country, more than many others, is likely to be seriously affected by climate change" but because care for creation is...READ MORE

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Making Informed Purchases Using Apps

01/17/2015 Comments (5)

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A few days ago, I received an invitation to check out BuyPartisan, an app that lets you figure out the political affiliation of the companies behind the products you’re buying. In a sentence: you scan the barcode with your phone, and the app tells you the company’s political spending, thus allowing you to determine if it’s in line with your own.

It sure does make for a new level of transparency, doesn’t it?

I have a rather reluctant approach to boycotting. I know my dollars matter, and I know what my children see me spending money on also matters, and yet I can’t help but think that my one voice is lost if I’m not also communicating what I’m doing.

But this isn’t boycotting. This is...READ MORE

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