Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Biology, Transgenderism, and the Human Person

Gender identity and expression are being confused in society today. The world outside of Christ’s Church accept the ideology that gender is fluid, nonbinary (meaning no longer including only male and female as “choices”), and really up to the individuals themselves. Surgery and hormones can repress or instigate secondary sex characteristics such as voice pitch, hair growth, and breast development. Society then tells the lie that an outward change in secondary sex characteristics is, in...

Traveling the Road of the Good

Sharing in the mission to build a Culture of Life and Love, something inherently fundamental to each Christian’s life of faith, is a joy and a privilege. It can also easily lead to discouragement when we see what we’re up against, and one can readily identify with the story of David and Goliath. Nonetheless, God is always good and knows exactly when we need those rays of hope to keep us going.

One such ray...

The Way of Wisdom from Grandmother to Grandson

Coffee with Nona and More Coffee with Nona, two charming, delightful books by Vincent M. Iezzi published by Servant Books, recall the fond memories of an Italian boy during World War II growing up in Philadelphia amid an extended family. The stories illustrate the humanizing, civilizing nature of a traditional culture where a child hears stories from a beloved grandmother, inherits an ethnic identity, receives a religious heritage, and gains a familiarity with many...

Retreating from Reality

In his Way to Wisdom, the distinguished German philosopher, Karl Jaspers, expands upon his observation that the innate disposition to philosophize is evident in human beings at a very early age. This natural gift of reacting spontaneously to the spontaneity of life, however, is often lost as the years advance.  Then, as Jaspers laments, “we seem to enter into a prison of conventions and opinions, concealments and unquestioned acceptance, and there we lose...

How To Be Politically Incorrect and Prosper

George Gilder, together with his wife and four children, have adopted the charming town of Tyringham– a virtual art colony nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts—as their home. His fame and influence have not interfered with his domestic stability. Nor have the PC police, though not without making a concerted effort, succeeded in stifling his creativity. He offers hope for all those who may be intimidated by the power of political...

Maturity: The Foundation of All Relationships

The role of every family is to lead the young to the state of maturity, a condition that is not determined by chronology. While boys and girls naturally grow and develop physically with age, they do not necessarily mature emotionally, socially, intellectually, or morally. Likewise, young adults may be twenty or thirty years old but yet show juvenile or adolescent behavior. Maturity begins when the young recognize their duties and obligations and learn that...

The Common Good and Individualistic Wishes

A moral society and a virtuous person make choices on the basis of the common good, the good of the whole, and the best interests of children and the future generations. While every person has personal wishes and special desires, these must be subordinated to the larger considerations of the good of all—the larger good of the family, of society, and of the Church. When a person’s private good and individual interests acquire greater...

The Culture of the Home in Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter

This novel portrays a countercultural way of life that never loses its appeal when contrasted with the world’s alternatives. Nathan Coulter, after witnessing the atrocities of World War II, returns home to Port William, Kentucky, a small farming community where he vows to earn his livelihood, raise a family, and do the work he loves. He compares the tragic destruction and wanton killing of war to the abiding love of family and neighbor in...