Neither Right Nor Left: Voting as a Catholic


The least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all (CCC 953).

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Liquid God


O Lord, we cannot go to the pool of Siloe to which you sent the blind man.
But we have the chalice of Your Precious Blood, filled with life and light.
~ St. Ephrem of Syria

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A Family Tour of Notre Dame’s Basilica

Joan of Arc Close copy

The name is the icon of the person (CCC 2158).

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Bruises on Parade: Of Barking Dogs, Bottle Trees, and a Dead Prince

When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly
the evil that is still left in him.
~ C.S. Lewis

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Ben-Hur 2016: Of Film, Faith, and Indirect Communication

The point of indirect communication is to position the reader to relate to the truth with appropriate passion, rather than to communicate the truth as such.
 ~ William McDonald

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Getting Ready for Fundamentals of Nursing

That song is such a beautiful, poignant picture of old age and opportunity – a dual reminder that all of us (our parents, loved ones, me, you) will eventually reach our expiration dates, but also that, now, while we’re younger, we have so many chances to touch the lives of others already there.

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Welcome Weekend from the Other Side of the Car Window


It was a striking contrast — the brand-new dorm already filled with brand-new freshmen, and my daughter, the budding medievalist, keeping us connected to our past.

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Convert Companions: Of Merton and Waugh, Me and You


Your monastery tailor and boot-maker could not waste material.
Words are our materials.
~ Evelyn Waugh

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Small “t” Tradition and the Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Whatever misfortune may be your lot, it could only be worse in Milwaukee.
~ National Lampoon, Deteriorata

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Everyone Matters

In The Crowd

The neighbor is not a ‘unit’ in the human collective.
He is ‘someone’ who by his known origins deserves
particular attention and respect (CCC 2212).

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