Archive for June, 2016

Happily Ever After and the Freedom of the Gift

On a hurried Saturday afternoon while running some routine errands, I made a quick stop in the local Dollar Store to pick up some wrapping paper. What I encountered at the cash register turned out to be an occasion for some serious reflection. Among my purchases was a pretty gift bag for an upcoming bridal shower. The clerk who was bagging my items commented on what a pretty bag it was, then upon closer look,...

The Indirect Attack On God

While the nature of malice often acts in direct ways like war to do its evil, it also operates in subtle, devious methods to carry out its agenda of hatred, revenge, or harm. While God suffers a blunt attack from atheism, blasphemy, and sacrilege, the enemy also uses roundabout plots to wage its warfare. While Satan’s fall from Heaven in his rebellion against God does not prompt a new open war, it provokes an...

Considering Obergefell v. Hodges and the Sublime Dignity of Marriage

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, it is fitting to reflect on the Church’s teaching on marriage, a teaching that is not strictly about the sacrament but also about the natural purposes of marriage. This teaching about natural marriage has seemingly been tossed aside by the modern media to pave the way for “tolerance,” so that almost anyone can marry each because “they love each other.” If love is the defining...

Is It Ever Immoral Not to Practice NFP?

As science progresses, particularly ethical medical practices such as NaPro technology, the question arises whether it would ever be morally wrong not to practice NFP when one has a legitimate reason for such practice. For example, if you know that your baby’s life or your own would be put in danger by a pregnancy, is there a moral imperative to practice NFP so as to not unnecessarily risk losing a life?

First, we...

Freedom, Truth, and Conscience: Why Religious Liberty Matters

When the U.S. Bishops implemented the first Fortnight for Freedom in 2012, many thought it would be a one-time event. But now, in 2016, dioceses across the country are embarking on the fifth annual observance. The Fortnight for Freedom is a call to fourteen days of prayer, education, and action for religious freedom. As we’ve seen over the past five years, the need has only grown stronger to persevere in this effort to...

His Name Is Jason

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

I will never forget the day we received the message from my sister, Mary, who happened to be visiting family in Nebraska at the time; It was a cold day on February 28th and the year was 1976. Mary began experiencing heavy bleeding and knew she and her baby were in serious trouble. Labor had started and they couldn’t stop it. At one point in her long day of labor someone suggested she terminate the pregnancy...

Catholic Theologian Takes His Own Life: Christianity And Depression

By Stephanie Pacheco

In March, a lay Catholic theologian, Stephen Webb, took his own life to the great grieving of his wife, children, friends and professional community at Wabash College and even to some of the readers of his published work, such as myself.

I mourn for Stephen Webb even though I did not know him personally. His work in First Things, particularly, “Saving Punishment,” affected me deeply. He was also brave enough to write about Christians and depression,...

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...