Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

How to Save America – and Civilization

Faced with two presidential candidates who have little or no regard for religiously-informed social values and a steady stream of dishonest and uncharitable vitriol from the campaigns and their various media allies, many people of faith are asking: What is to be done?

Disgusted with having to choose between various evils, many believers are, rightly, concluding that our country cannot be renewed by politics alone. We must reach out to our neighbors, take back...

The Parish Fish Fry: an Old Tool for the New Evangelization

“Lenten Fish Fries are as much a part of our culture as losing sports teams,” said the CEO of the Cleveland-area Cleats Restaurants Corporation, Tim Higdon. On non-Lenten Fridays, Higdon reports that his restaurants sell an average of 20 fish fries, but during Lent, the average soars to 250. Lenten fish fries are on the rise in both restaurants and non-profit venues, and are a still valued and entrenched aspect of the local culture. This...

The Philosophy Teacher’s Dilemma

The words “aging” and “maturing,” when applied to wine, mean the same thing. Such is not the case with human beings. It is possible for them to age without maturing. Growing older does not mean growing wiser. Sigmund Freud viewed immaturity as the inability to postpone gratification. This is a reasonable and useful rule of thumb.

The immature person wants the rewards without going through the trouble of earning them. The philosophy teacher’s...

Contemporary Contradictions, Cultural and Political

Never before have we lived in an age where music is so readily and easily available, and yet so lousy (of course, there are many exceptions to be grateful for). There seems to be an inverse relationship at work. As we produce more and more music and create more and more gadgets for playing it, the worse it becomes. I have overheard many raunchy lyrics on the iPods of others while working out...

On Choosing No Order: The Political and Social Dangers of Truth

Aristotle, in accordance with Plato, calls to mind why democratically ordered regimes are not advantageous to the common good:

[The conception of justice] is held to be something equal; equality requires that whatever the multitude resolves is authoritative, and freedom and equality involve doing whatever one wants. So in democracies of this sort everyone lives as he wants and toward whatever end he craves, as Euripides says…To live with a view to the regime should...

The Big-Picture Gospel

We have lost our way as a civilization. Having cast off the Faith, we no longer know who we are, why we are, what we are for, or how to be.

Like someone lost in the woods, we exhibit strange and sometimes contradictory behaviors—now rushing this way and that in panicked spasms, now huddled in place, hopeless, waiting for rescuers we no longer believe exist; now stony-faced in resolution, now willing to do, to...

The Father Who is There

Recently, at the park with my wife and son, I witnessed one of the saddest sights I’ve seen in a long time. A little boy, about five or six, was there with his dad. Normally, this would be a wonderful thing, but the tragedy was, they weren’t spending time with each other. The dad was engrossed in his phone — ignoring his child.

No matter what he tried, this little boy could not get his...

Celebrating the Gospel of Life

In connection with the year of Faith, thousands of Catholics will celebrate the legacy of Blessed John Paul II and The Gospel of Life June 15-16 in Rome. The faithful from around the world will gather with the Holy Father in order to “witness to the sacred value of all life and to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who tend to those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying...