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‘Aesthetic Witnesses’: Using
Beauty to Build the Kingdom

“Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God.” – Pope Saint John Paul II The quote above is taken from Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists,” published on Easter Sunday in 1999. I’ve been reflecting on that letter in terms of the saint’s call, beginning in the late 1970s, for a new evangelization, and also in the context of young Karol Wojtyla’s cultural resistance efforts with the Rhapsodic Theater during the period of Nazi control of Poland. The more I reflect, the more convinced I become that

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Solid Intellectual Food In a Meta World

As my Junto brothers know, our eldest has been in the process of choosing a college. I have a 15-year history in higher education, as a student and marketing/communication professional, so it’s been interesting to see how different universities pitch themselves to prospective students. I’ve also been asked countless times where we want our teen to go: BigU? Ivy League? Catholic college (and if so, “Catholic” or, like, Newman Guide Catholic)? I have been decidedly unimpressed with most of the materials and approaches we’ve seen, but it wasn’t until this morning that I put my finger on exactly why. As providence would

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The Son Who Stayed, Redux

This morning, in a motel room outside of Kansas City, I re-read Meddlesome’s post, “What Happened to the Son Who Stayed?” In many ways, that post and the discussion and posts that followed seem to have set the tone for the Junto’s approach to discussing Pope Francis—a tone that, I continue to worry, is at times not spiritually healthy for us. It’s not that I don’t share the Junto’s concerns about the confusion that has been caused around the Church’s teachings on marriage or find the Pope’s treatment of various cardinals baffling. (And I’ve ceased to try to make sense

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Still Time to Write Good Things On the Sky

During a long road trip this past week, I had the opportunity to listen to an audiobook version of The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky, a volume of eleven lectures by Russell Kirk, sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and given delivered in the 1980s. The theme of the lectures was whether, on the heels of President Reagan’s election, our country was conceivably at the beginning of an “augustan age” which would see us reclaim the ideals and virtues of our forefathers and our sense of mission in this world. These lectures were a followup to an earlier series

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The Fruits of Uncontrolled Immigration

The ongoing furor over illegal immigration has reached a higher pitch lately with the murder of Kate Steinle earlier this month by an illegal alien who’d already been deported five times and returned yet again.  There are strong opinions all around.  Junto members are well acquainted with Church teaching about immigration but it bears repeating CCC 2241: “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner…  Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical

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Kill the Wabbits: The Case for ‘Fecundophobia’

I’m on vacation, but I’ve found an article to share that more than makes up for anything I could have written and didn’t. It’s from The Federalist website: a post called “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women,” and it makes a pretty compelling (if unscientific at this point) case that the media, the government, and the culture have moved beyond pro-Choice to pro-Sterility. It even manages to be humorous at times — well worth the read, even if only as a reminder of where we’re headed and why it matters. Not that Scripture matters to these folks,

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The Novena Begins Tomorrow

The summer of 2015 may well be remembered as the time our culture took a nose dive into darkness. June brought us the news of the cosmetic transformation of the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn. This was quickly followed by news of the Supreme Court’s legalization of homosexual marriage. Then in July we had the gruesome undercover footage showing a Senior Director of Planned Parenthood describing how it is despicably selling body parts of aborted children, some obtained by using the horrific practice of partial birth abortion to harvest certain body parts intact. With such an

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St. Michael, Defend Us: On Carrying In Church

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war; My safeguard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. — Psalm 144:1-2 By now everyone has heard about the shootings in Charleston: nine dead after a young white man opened fire at a bible study meeting in an historically black church. In a popular video clip from The Daily Show making the rounds yesterday, John Stewart dialed back the comedy to touch on several serious issues raised by this crime, including racism, mental

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Our Missing Rib, Part 4: Belated Mother’s Day Edition

Blogger’s Note: This is the fourth in an irregular series of posts on the differences between the genders in order to spread peace and understanding. Mother’s Day was last weekend. In honor of those life-givers whose love and labor sustain our presence in this tilted world and civilize us savages, I thought I’d share two items: The first is this post from our Catholic comrades-in-arms, Those Catholic Gentlemen, entitled “What You Owe Your Wife.” I’ve run across a number of articles lately slamming Christianity, the “patriarchy,” traditional families (why “families” need such a qualifier is beyond me), and men in general for

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Wherein Lies Love of Family?

He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me…. (Mt 10:37) If I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give them no warning, or speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand.  (Ez 3:18) I speak from limited personal experience, but it seems that few Catholics take these teachings seriously.  Last year, when my Catholic niece got married in a civil ceremony on a

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