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Reality Check: Who is our Leader?

Regardless of who you voted for in the recent presidential election, for most of us, the last week and a half has been a bit rough. Whether you’re disappointed about the election’s outcome, tired of defending voting for our President-elect, or worried about the divisiveness in our nation, political discussions have been wrought with tension and even outright anger. Amidst this sort of discord, the question arises: what does the faithful Christian do now?

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Is He or She Really “Another Self”?

I’m going to admit something that makes even me a little uncomfortable in the midst of violence, discussions about racial inequality, and, yes, heated discussions on social media. I’ve never liked framing conversations in terms of “isms”—racism, sexism, ageism, etc. Yes, I am vehemently opposed to discrimination and yes, I know that it exists and results in injustice, violence and death.

Part of my resistance against using these terms is that I don’t want to...

Voting Well: A Moral Obligation

Another presidential election season is upon us. This may fill you with dread, hope or anticipation, depending on your interest in politics and this year’s candidates. For myself, it is easy to experience election fatigue, wherein I tire of the endless parodies, smear campaigns and the ubiquitous political platitudes found on social media. Regardless of our...

Make It a Yellow Day

I was happy to hear that this Christmas a movie that exudes the beauty of all human life is being released in select theaters across the country. Yellow Day, a film that is part-animation, part-live action, conveys the stories of young people who found healing at Camp Grace, a place where miracles occur (especially on what is called “The Yellow Day”).

Yellow Day follows the story of a young man who has a chance meeting...

Pursuing Tangible Healing from Pornography

I have to admit that it is not often that I stray outside of the Catholic world for reading on topics of spirituality and morality. But when I was offered the opportunity to review Covenant’s Eye’s new More than Single, Finding Purpose Beyond Porn, I made an exception. I read it because I’m passionate about educating people about the multifaceted dangers of pornography and I’m always on the lookout for more effective ways to communicate...

Evangelium Vitae 20 Years Later: Abundant Life

Twenty years ago, now- Pope Saint John Paul II began Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) by recalling the moment that is, as he calls it, “the dawn of salvation.” This moment is the heart of the Gospel—the Good News, from which all joy and goodness flows. This crucial moment is, of course, the Incarnation,...

Is Hillary a Political Leader or a Religious One?

This past weekend, Presidential-hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton spoke emphatically about the need to improve women’s welfare. She cited a decrease in maternal mortality rates as progress, but said there was still much work to do to ensure safe births and “reproductive health care”, which—for Clinton—most definitely includes unlimited access to abortion.

Now here is where a number of conservative commenters have rightly pricked up their ears about threats to religious liberty. Clinton went...

Pope Francis Stresses Difference, Complementarity of Genders

Whether the mainstream media chooses to cover it or not, Pope Francis’ General Audience yesterday confirmed once again that he upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage. In fact, he unabashedly challenges us saying that it is the “great responsibility of the Church, of all believers, and first of all of believing families, to rediscover the beauty of the creative design that inscribes the image of God also in the alliance between man and...