Archive for April, 2014

The Harvest of the Home

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Little Men depict the mystery of the home as a small place deserving to be called a garden or orchard wherein seeds and young plants multiply and produce an abundant harvest that is beyond measure. In the final chapter of Little Women (“Harvest Time”), the extended family gathers for a family reunion to celebrate Mrs. March’s sixtieth birthday during the festivities of the New England apple picking. Mr. and...

Religious Freedom and the Prophetic Nature of Evangelium Vitae

There are many definitions and descriptions of a prophet. At first consideration, many would typically think of a prophet as one who predicts the future. And yet, we cannot reduce the prophet’s role to merely that; it is much broader. We may think of the prophets of Scripture – major and minor prophets, sometimes willing and sometimes reluctant, those who were heeded and those who weren’t. A prophet is one who is chosen and inspired...

St. Francis and the Life-Giving Gaze of Christ

Perhaps one of the most misrepresented saints in history is Saint Francis of Assisi. This confusion has led to a great deal of division, even amongst Franciscans. Many a friar has joked, “Question: What is one of the things God doesn’t know? Answer: How many Franciscan orders there are.” Indeed, there are three different orders of Franciscans within Roman Catholicism, ranging from First Order mendicants to Third Order devotees who live in the secular world....

Mozilla’s CEO Resigns; Catholics Should Be Worried

The media storm swirls around Brendan Eich’s April 3 resignation as CEO from Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser. Eich is a talented programmer who invented the JavaScript programming language for the internet and who co-founded the Mozilla company. After fewer than two weeks as the company’s head, he was forced to resign over Silicon Valley furor regarding a $1,000 donation he made back in 2008 to California’s Proposition 8 law, which defined marriage...

Our Tower of Babel

The story of the Tower of Babel is one of God’s judgment against man’s pride. Builders of the edifice were acting presumptuously in thinking that they could erect a stairway to heaven. God then said, “Let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Genesis 11:7). Since the builders could no longer understand each other, they could no longer cooperate with each other and their...

The Loss of Mystery and the Loss of Childhood

In the aftermath of the sexual revolution of 1960s — which espoused sex education, the contraceptive mentality, no-fault divorce, and legalized abortion on demand — an anti-life and anti-child philosophy has prevailed over much of Western civilization, where European nations are barely replacing their populations or suffering a decline in birth rate. In a culture of death that slaughters 1.5 million pre-born babies in the womb each year, permits infanticide in the procedure known as...

The Case for Coercive Abuse Prevention Legislation

Regardless of what the pro-abortion lobby says, women’s voices have been heard over the years. Many testimonies have been given regarding of forced abortions: a horrible reality that is the norm, not an obscure anomaly. It is a tragedy that those who favor abortion do not seem to have any particular moral qualm when it comes to the subject of coerced abortion. Many simply deny that it happens in the first place. Others claim...