Category Archives: Youth

The Sicilian Nun, the Teary-Eyed Italian Rapper and Other Little Miracles

One of the great gifts of the Internet is the ability to see little miracles from around the world. And they’re not always Marian apparitions or amazing healings or people rescued from near-certain death or even a puppy fished from a drainpipe (although it’s hard to beat that one). No, sometimes they’re reality-TV auditions, and [...]

Vatican II: A Great Gift to the Church

  I’m not a Vatican II scholar (I know, you’re shocked) but I’ve always had the notion that the Second Vatican Council was, all in all, a good thing. And I still do, but I don’t articulate why it was a good thing nearly as well as some other people do. I missed this article by George [...]

Creative Schooling

This week is National School Choice Week, and while events around the country in support of this effort continue to grow, American schooling continues, in many ways, to become more and more centralized.  The U.S. Department of Justice is still trying to deport homeschooling asylum-seekers, and to attack state-level school choice programs.  Even the Fordham [...]

The Joy of Life

I felt like a parent who brought her children to a rock concert; everyone was young there. It was loud, joyful, full of rock songs blaring, singing, drum banging, camera phones flashing, texting, tweeting, bright yellow balloons, congo line dancing and full of teenagers and young people having fun.  Taylor Swift concert? No. I was [...]

Why Catholics Should Oppose the Common Core

{Ed Note: Please welcome this post from Mr. Emmett McGroarty & Ms. Jane Robbins. Mr. McGroarty is the Director of Education at American Principles Project, a 501c(3) organization and Ms. Jane Robbins is an American Principles Project senior fellow.} Forty-five states and over 100 Catholic dioceses have adopted the national Common Core Standards for K-12 English [...]

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

A Shockin’ Holy Saint?

In his classic book of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis warns against the position–common today among spiritual-but-not-religious types–that Jesus was a fine ethicist (“Love your neighbor”) but that his relevance for the modern world pretty much ends there. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about [...]

The Best Kept Christmas Movie Secret

Have you seen Nativity!? No, not The Nativity Story. And no, I’m not talking about the new film Black Nativity. I’m talking about this charming Christmas movie that almost no one in America has seen: I saw this movie a few years ago in Dublin, Ireland, during its Christmas time release in Europe in 2009. [...]

Millennials: The Hopeful Generation

If you know me, you know that I say, “God is good!” all the time. That’s my constant prayer in life, and saying it (and thinking it) keeps me focused on the truth that God is always good. Recently, I’ve had a few people remark – good and bad – about my infamous saying, “God [...]

10 Reasons Conservatives Should Love (or at least care about) Soccer

The groups for the 2014 World Cup, to be held in Brazil, were announced Friday.  The U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) drew Ghana, Germany, and Portugal, a group that will definitely be considered one of the most difficult to win next year. Given the good year the USMNT has had in qualifying, the publicity this [...]


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