Yes, Virginia, You’ve Been Betrayed

07/29/2015 Comments (5)

I’m reminded of the editorial that appeared in The (New York) Sun in 1897, titled, Is There a Santa Claus? In answer to the question of eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, the editor, Francis Pharcellus Church, wrote a long response letter in which appeared the famous reply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” 

Church, in effort not to dash the little girl’s hopes gave a beautiful philosophical explanation for our belief in jolly old St. Nick. He pointed to the human yearning for faith, hope, love, beauty and joy as the means by which Santa Claus exists. 

The tables are turned now. Across the country, there are hundreds of thousands of young women hoping that the fantasy that’s been...READ MORE

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David Brody to GOP Candidates: Die on the Sword for Marriage

07/29/2015 Comments (27)

By Litho Printers (wedding rings) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Evangelical blogger/columnist David Brody recently wrote an open letter to GOP presidential candidates challenging them to take the risk of dying on a sword in the defense of marriage. He accused them of cowardice for not speaking out for marriage. It is true that politicians have back-pedaled away from marriage and are now focused on religious liberty.  He is correct in recognizing that religious liberty, albeit important, is not about marriage.

Plenty of you strode to the podium strutting your strong prolife stances at the National Right To Life Convention. … But here's the real messy question: would you all show up for a "Traditional Marriage Convention" that emphatically emphasized...READ MORE

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What Every Pro-Lifer Needs to Know about the Senate and Planned Parenthood

Why, after all these decades, hasn’t Planned Parenthood already been defunded? If pro-life politicians really mean it, why haven’t they done it?

07/28/2015 Comments (16)

President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Oval Office, Aug. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

They’re like a giant ball, rolling through the hallways, with wiggling arms and legs sticking out and yells and screams emanating from within.


Why, the majority party of the United States Senate, of course.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked amendments to the necessary and tough-to-veto Highway Bill. Among those amendments he killed was language defunding Planned Parenthood. In the meantime, he pushed through an amendment supporting the Export-Import Bank.

In response, Senator Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz took the floor to call the Majority Leader — which is to say the duly elected leader of his own Senate Republican Caucus — a “simple liar.” I do not know if Senator Cruz...READ MORE

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A Simple Reminder: Pray for Police

07/28/2015 Comments (14)

By Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (Officer Thomas Choi Funeral Processio) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Whenever we hear a siren, I tell the kids, "Let's pray for whoever is in trouble," figuring that covers anyone who's had an accident, anyone whose house is on fire, anyone who's the victim of a crime, or even anyone who's committed a crime. 

The other day, a police car went by our van, and my husband said, "Let's pray for that police officer." I was ashamed to realize I had never really thought about the police officers being the one in need of prayer -- but they are. When they go to answer a call, they never know what they'll be dealing with: something small, or something really awful and dangerous, or maybe nothing at all. Or it might be the last thing they do on earth. They never know....READ MORE

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5 Things That Give Me Hope

07/28/2015 Comments (3)

Pierre Puvin de Chavannes (1824-1898), "L'Espérance"

The world is often a depressing place, as anyone living in it well knows.

Thank God for hope, which is...

1) Related to the joy of faith. 

What else increases my hope?

2) Hopeful reminders to put things into perspective, like a recent tweet from @Pontifex“When everything falls apart, only one thing sustains our hope: God loves us; he loves everyone!” Also, daily doses of hope @VerilyMag, like this

3) Holy people, like St. Thérèse’s parents, who show us how to live holiness within family life, and St. John Paul II — whose advice on being light and love in the world is increasingly timely: “Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be conquered by love.” And his...READ MORE

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Of Baptismal Largesse and Healing Outside the Pool

07/28/2015 Comment

All pessimism has a secret optimism for its object.
G.K. Chesterton

“You have your swimsuit on,” my son Nicky observed. “Does that mean you’re going to swim?” 

“May-be,” I replied, adding a bit of upward lift to the second syllable. Nicky correctly interpreted this as an affirmation.

“Yes,” he hissed with a fist pump, and turning to Katharine, “Papa’s going to get in this time!” 

It’s been a chilly summer around here, and the first couple times I took the kids swimming I had no intention of joining them. They wore their suits and did the polar bear thing; I wore clothes and sat by the poolside with a newspaper. 

What was I thinking? 

Maybe I physically stayed out of the pool itself,...READ MORE

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Obama and UN Must Declare That ISIS is Guilty of Genocide

07/28/2015 Comments (13)

By Voice of America

Last week, former Congressman Frank Wolf — the House's most courageous crusader on religious freedom — and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative asked President Obama and the Secretary General of the United Nations to fully declare that the Islamic State’s actions against religious and ethnic minority populations in the Middle East is genocide.

In his letter, Wolf told the president and the UN Secretary General: 

Genocidal intent can clearly be seen in Islamic State’s ideology and mission which is directed towards the creation of a global caliphate that has been purged of every man, woman and child deemed to be an 'unbeliever' through either forced conversion or death. In Iraq, this...READ MORE

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How Long Should You Spend in Meditation?

07/28/2015 Comments (1)

How long should you spend in meditation? What if you don't have that much time? When's the best time for meditation?

Counsels for Meditation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara

The Sixth Counsel—Avoid Brevity in Meditation

This counsel does not much differ from the former, which, notwithstanding, is equally necessary. And this it is that the servant of God must not content himself that he has felt a little sensible consolation from meditation, as many do when they have shed a little dry tear, or felt a little comforting of the heart, that they have attained to the scope and end of this exercise. But they are far deceived; for even as to make the earth...READ MORE

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