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Reflections Of A Magus

December 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Reflections Of A Magus

By JOHN YOUNG It is now some weeks since my companions and I returned from Bethlehem, and we still don’t understand fully the wonderful events that we experienced. No doubt the meaning will become clearer with the passing of the years and the fulfilling of the prophecies. It all started with the appearance of the miraculous star. Clearly this portended some major event in the history of the world, and we received a revelation from God that the star marked the birth of a great King of the Jews who, in some mysterious way, would save the world. We were not surprised that we were inspired to bring Him gifts of gold and frankincense: gold for a king and frankincense…Continue Reading

“Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

December 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on “Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Continued The primary reason that physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia should be banned is that death is forever, and a diagnosis of coma is never a “sure thing.” In fact, as we have seen, studies show that about 40 percent of all people who are diagnosed as living in a so-called “persistent vegetative state” recover and lead lives that are completely normal or close to normal, requiring a certain degree of assistance. Euthanasia Sets a Bad Example. One of our most…Continue Reading

The Invincible Liberal Mind

December 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Invincible Liberal Mind

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Pat Buchanan, whose syndicated column appears weekly in The Wanderer, is known to have said more than once: “This is not the country into which I was born.” Anyone who reached maturity in the 1950s is likely to concur. The nation has changed radically since the first half of the 20th century, so much so that what the future portends is unpleasant to contemplate. Clearly the nation is divided ideologically, perhaps irrevocably. One is forced to say “irrevocably” because the prospect of honest engagement between left and right is remote. The liberal mind, although always a contender in the nation’s political life since the country’s founding, achieved ascendancy in the mid decades of the last century. Once…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Thoughts On The Election And Its Aftermath

December 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Thoughts On The Election And Its Aftermath

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s “Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic” column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com.) + + + Much ink has already been spilled about what are the implications, big and small, of the 2016 presidential election. I offer a few thoughts as to its meaning and what we can expect from a new Trump administration.…Continue Reading

In Praise Of Clarity

December 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on In Praise Of Clarity

By DONALD DeMARCO A hostess sent out party invitations to her friends that requested RSVPs. When she received a completely illegible response from a particular doctor, she asked her husband what she should do. Upon his advice, she brought the indecipherable letter to a druggist since members of the pharmaceutical profession are reputed to be experts in decoding bad handwriting. The druggist studied the letter for a moment, excused himself, and returned after a few minutes with a small package. “Here you are,” said the druggist cheerfully. “That will be $125.50, please.” For many Catholics these days, it’s not difficult for them to preserve the essence of this comedy of errors while changing the identities of the players. The doctor…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Missing Joe Sobran

December 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… Missing Joe Sobran

By CHRISTOPHER MANION Joseph Sobran’s Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society, $27.00; Hustler: The Clinton Legacy, $23.00 — both available postpaid from the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, 713 Park St., SE, Vienna, VA 22180, 1-877-726-0058. Or online at fgfBooks.com or at Amazon.com. When Al Matt asked me some ten years ago to take over Joe Sobran’s column, I made it clear that, while I’d be honored to have my column appear in the same space, there was no way I could pretend to replace Joe Sobran. No one could replace Joe Sobran. And now you won’t have to: You can have the original in time to celebrate Christmas with the latest collections of his columns and essays (Subtracting Christianity:…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Beauty Of Purity

December 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… The Beauty Of Purity

By JAMES MONTI Advent is a season we journey though in the company of our Lady. For her sacred pregnancy was indeed the first Advent, an Advent of nine months that culminated in the first Christmas. The Advent Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe testifies to this association, for the miraculous image of Guadalupe, revealed on December 12 during Advent of 1531, possesses details that show the Blessed Virgin in a late stage of pregnancy. The universally observed Advent Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception takes us back to the very first moment of Mary’s existence, when she came forth from the hands of God already fashioned for her future mission as the Mother of God. While this latter feast celebrates…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Proclaim The “Great Story Of Jesus Christ”

December 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Proclaim The “Great Story Of Jesus Christ”

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell, Our Sunday Visitor, 224 pages; paperback, $16.95 plus shipping. See: https://www.osvcatholicbook store.com. The subtitle of Forming Intentional Disciples is, “The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus,” and that sums up what the book is about since we will not be able to follow Jesus very well — to become true disciples — unless we know and love Him. This book has come out of Sherry Weddell’s experiences of the process of evangelization, and in particular her discovery that “there is a chasm…between the Church’s sophisticated theology of the lay apostolate and the lived spiritual experience of the majority of our people.” Indeed, she…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

December 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “Why Euthanasia Is Wrong — From A Secular Viewpoint”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, “Euthanasia,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “You are a member of the first generation of doctors in the history of medicine to turn their backs on the oath of Hippocrates and kill millions of old useless people, unborn children, born malformed children, for the good of mankind — and to do so without a single murmur from the august New England Journal of Medicine. And do you know what you’re going to end up doing? You, a graduate of Harvard and a reader of The New…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Poignant, Meticulous Biography Of John Senior

December 6, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Poignant, Meticulous Biography Of John Senior

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN John Senior and the Restoration of Realism by Fr. Francis Bethel, OSB. Thomas More College Press: Merrimack, NH: 2016; 452 pp.; $34.99. Available through Thomas More College Press, www.thomasmorecollegepress.com. An inspiring, moving account of the life and thought of a great Catholic teacher and professor of literature who left a profound legacy upon his students in the Pearson Integrated Humanities Program (IHP) at the University of Kansas during the 1970s, this rich, complete study of Senior’s vision and philosophy of education illuminates the Catholic worldview and philosophical foundations that informed his greatness. Fr. Bethel’s book is a masterpiece: an honest, balanced, sensitive, and penetrating examination of a deeply human story filled with excitement, adventure, conversion, surprises, controversy,…Continue Reading