Archive for December, 2013

Beyond the Stars

At the end of each year, the Media brings to our attention a chronicle of movie celebrities whose lives came to an end during that particular year. The list of these celebrities who passed from this world in 2013 is, as it always is, jarring. So many lives, so vibrant on the screen, now extinguished. We always experience a certain shock, along with a piercing sadness when we learn of their demise. Did not Esther Williams, Joan Fontaine, and...

On Unjust Rulings and Marriage

Many people are familiar with the signs that hang on restaurant doors that read “no shoes, no shirt, no service”. It is a sign that we do not take much notice of nor think about. It would seem many people essentially agree with the tenets of the sign for the sake of eating in a sanitary environment. No person wants to get sick or be offended by something that may even be perceived as...

Too Good to be True?

By Mitchell Kalpakgian

In the modern world of sophisticated advertising and fantastic offers, the cautious buyer hears or thinks, “It’s too good to be true.” But to an innocent child with a sense of wonder, especially during the Christmas season, such a statement makes no sense. Christmas is full of surprises, and when wishes come true on Christmas morning when gifts are received, “It’s too good not to be true.” The story of St. Nicholas also recalls the...

Euthanasia and the Nativity

Earlier this month, while Christians around the world were preparing for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas, the Belgian Senate was passing a law to legalize euthanasia of children. The requirements for these state-assisted suicides are the vague stipulations that the terminally ill child “possess the capacity of discernment” and present the request in writing. Advocates of this new law insist that child euthanasia is a show of compassion, allowing a child to...

A Case for Sunday Rest

The Wall Street Journal’s blog recently published a piece entitled, “Got a Case of the Mondays? Blame the Sunday Blues.” The article describes the anxiety brought on by the end of the weekend, and quotes a study reporting “8 out of 10 people feel melancholy and anxiety as the weekend winds down.” It concludes with the suggestion that “workers take extra time on Friday to prep for Monday morning and fully disconnect during...

Mary: A Pro-life Role Model at Christmas

The word “choice” has achieved a hallowed status in our society. Little thought, however, is given to what a real choice involves. I would like to draw attention to two features that a real choice involves that are perfectly exemplified in Mary, the Mother of God. They are: freedom from coercion and pressure, and acceptance of the consequences that are linked to a specific choice.

Mary accepted her role as Mother of God...

The Great Divorce: Freely Refusing Joy

“And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind—is, in the end, Hell.”

“For a damned soul is nearly nothing: it is shrunk, shut up in itself.”—C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

In these quotations, C. S. Lewis in The Great Divorce distinguishes between the Ghosts who have chosen to live in the Grey City and the Spirits who have entered the Bright...

Having “Only” One

We are living the dream – at least the dream according to the secular mind. We only have one child. Not by choice, mind you; we would love to have more and didn’t expect to end up with just one. For a while it even looked like we would have none. This child was greatly desired, prayed for and many tears were shed over the 9 long years of marriage it took before God...