Category Archives: Family

Dear Dr. Dawkins…

I have always loved the opening lines of Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes: The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing [...]

25 Pictures of John Wayne You Should Probably See

  Why, you ask? Because it’s Friday, and you’ve been good, and you deserve to let your mind take a break from the beheadings, the black masses, and the race riots. Because I once saw a bumper sticker that said “Gob Bless John Wayne” and I couldn’t help but think, yup, that’s just about right. [...]

Must-Read: Archbishop Chaput on How to Save the Culture

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in an essay at Public Discourse,  outlines a clear and concise plan of action for one of our most pressing tasks as 21st century Christians – converting the culture in which we live. In a short piece that will take you five minutes to read, Archbishop Chaput sets out [...]

A company’s ad shows the Dad as “awesome”?

Last week, Long John Silver’s had a great ad which affectionately showed a Catholic parish’s fish fry. This week, the impossible happened: A corporation aired a two-minute online ad which showed the Dad as awesome. The actor says: “My name is…” “D-A-D!!” screams one of his kids looking for him. “…and proud of it. And [...]

Should Ryan Anderson Be Allowed to Vote?

Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation just had a bracing Twitter debate about marriage and civility with Josh Barro, a reporter for the New York Times.  You can read the entire exchange for yourself here, but I call attention to it as a particularly naked example of the phenomenon I posted about a few weeks [...]

“I Like Having Lots of Siblings Because…”

It was June. My phone had a new message on it from my daughter. She was away on mission in India. I gathered the children and plugged the phone into the speaker to listen. I immediately regretted playing it out loud. There was no voice, only rustling around. Then we heard shrieking and screaming. It [...]

7 Things You Need to Do Right Now Before Your Phone Ruins Your Life

  Are you a slave to your iPhone?  Do your evenings revolve around the TV?  Are you perpetually glued to a screen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, help is here.  If you answered no to any of them, you should stop lying. Within a broader discussion of the perils (and merits) [...]

Catholic at Heart: Pierce Brosnan’s Imperfect Yet Saving Faith

It would be a beautiful world if cradle Catholics remained faithful all their lives, and if converts (because, in this scenario, there wouldn’t be any reverts, like me) came to the Faith all unspotted and pure, with no nagging personal issues mucking up the place. A beautiful world, yes, but not this world. Let’s take [...]

Identical Twins Ordained in Michigan

This is just great. On Saturday, identical twins Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht of Fowler, Michigan, were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing. The two brothers (now Fathers!) grew up on a farm, with lots of hard work, prayer, and family time. Todd is the fourth and Gary the fifth of 10 children [...]


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