Archive for March, 2014

“The Pre-Persons” Saw The Horrors Of Abortion in 1974

So often the prevailing cultural message is that abortion is unanimously supported by cultural leaders, politicians, and the well-educated in general. But don’t include Philip K. Dick on that list. His name may be unfamiliar, but he is the acclaimed science fiction writer whose stories inspired the movies: “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall,” “Minority Report,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “The Adjustment Bureau” and many others. In 1974, he wrote a short story in response to the Roe...

The Two Trees

We are told in Genesis 2:9 that among the many trees God planted in the Garden of Eden, two were of special significance: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life. God had commanded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the former. There was no such prohibition concerning the fruit of the latter, although our primal parents, for whatever reason, did not partake of...

Glory Be to God for Dappled Things

Glory be to God for dappled things—

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh firecoal chestnut falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change.

Praise him.—Gerard Manley...

The “Sacramentality” of the Body and Same-Sex Marriage

The argument against same-sex “marriage” isn’t really about marriage; it’s about children – right? Well, yes and no. Actually, it’s primarily, or at least first, about the human body or bodies, before it is about either of those realities. The body, as Blessed Pope John Paul II has written, is the “sacrament” or “icon” of the person, male and female, revealing the deepest essence of who we are. Thus, what we do with...

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...

Children Indoctrinated in Moral Relativism, Unhealthy Understanding of Sexuality Under Louisiana Legislation

Math, reading, writing, history, and science are among the subjects most people would agree should be included in a public school curriculum. Now Louisiana State Representative Patricia Smith wants to add sex to the list. Representative Smith claims that failure to provide comprehensive sex education in schools is akin to child abuse. In order to remedy this, she is sponsoring House Bill 369 which will require every public and charter school in...

Religious Freedom and Negative Anthropology

Even as religious freedom deteriorates worldwide, many share a growing unease over liberty’s prospects in the United States. And for good reason, given that the cultural dynamics of contemporary individualism justifies this discomfort and should prod continued efforts to keep issues of religious liberty on the front burners.

As explicated by the noted political theorist Pierre Manent, channeling Tocqueville, the ancients and moderns “are like two...

St. Gianna’s Sacrificial Love

The parish Moms Group that I am extremely blessed to be a part of recently prayed a novena for a member experiencing medical trouble after the birth of a child. Of course, her health not only affects her, but the entire family since they depend on her in so many ways. Who better to pray to for her recovery than St. Gianna Molla, a mother who constantly served others as a medical doctor, a wife,...