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  • The John the Baptist Fallacy Lives
    Post by Matt Naham, 7/3/2013

    “"No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language." - Jacques Derrida ... ”

  • Are We Sign Posts for Faith?
    Post by Caitlin Bootsma, 7/3/2013

    “I drive a little slower whenever I pass the clapboard white church on the hill, sign board out front. As usual, I can't resist checking what message is posted on the marquis for passersby to see. "Burdens leaving you wrinkled? Come inside for a faith lift." Okay, it's a silly pun, but I can't help but smile. These signs always grab my attention. Sometimes I indulge in wondering whose job it is to pick the slogan for the week. Do they sit with a cup of coffee musing on what inspiration or witty phrase to use? Is there some database full of potential church signs? Their motivation may be to attract new members or maybe just to make people think about faith. Either way, they've made my drives a bit more pleasant and even more reflective. ... ”

  • Manliness Matters
    New Book Claims Men Are Boycotting Marriage - Post by Stu Nolan, 7/1/2013

    “Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has a (http://live.wsj.com/video/opinion-why-men-are-boycotting-marriage/F819DD1F-1FC8-41E7-9FCC-707DEDD9821E.html?mod=WSJ_article_outbrain&obref=obnetwork#!F819DD1F-1FC8-41E7-9FCC-707DEDD9821E) nice four minute interview with Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike, which details many of the effects of radical feminism in discouraging men from playing the roles that America needs men to play in families. ... ”

  • Ignite a Spark of Hope
    Post by Josephine Balsamo, 7/1/2013

    “[Project Rachel is a ministry of healing and hope for post-abortive parents. The next day of Prayer and Healing will take place on July 27th. For more information, visit the Project Rachel (https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/familylife/rachel.aspx) website.] ... ”

  • Do Not Be Afraid . . . to Be Miserable
    Post by Fr. Paul Scalia, 6/28/2013

    “This past weekend, the Church in the DC area lost one of her great priests. Father Ron Gillis of the prelature of Opus Dei died early Friday night. He had served in this area for over forty years, forming numerous priests, laymen and laywomen. Many people can (and should) provide better anecdotes and testimonials. Nevertheless, one line, heard years ago, does capture his style. Do not be afraid to be miserable, he said. It was quintessential Father Ron: shocking, funny, delivered, of course, with a grin and wise. ... ”

  • Taking Sides on the Meaning of Marriage
    Post by Helen Alvare, 6/27/2013

    “Many likely expected that, to the extent that a discussion of the "nature of marriage" would feature at all in the Supreme Court''s same-sex marriage opinions, it would take place in the (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-144_8ok0.pdf) Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) case, assuming that the Court first saw its way clear to finding standing on the part of the official proponents of Prop 8. (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_g2bh.pdf) Windsor (DOMA), it was widely thought, could well be decided upon federalism grounds: i.e. states'' traditional authority over the validity and incidents of marriage. Instead, the Supreme Court''s discussion over the meaning of marriage took place in Windsor, albeit after a fairly extended, but ultimately inconclusive and nondispositive treatment of federalism. This dynamic was introduced with the following paragraph: ... ”

  • From Paradox to Contradiction
    Post by Fr. Paul Scalia, 6/19/2013

    “The Incarnation of the Lord, the inspiration of Scripture, the nature of the Church - these gifts from on high all present paradoxes. They are comprised of truths that seem to conflict but, when held in the proper tension, complement one another. That hidden harmony distinguishes paradox from contradiction. Unfortunately, the fallen world gives us not the harmony of paradox, but the din of contradiction. And the first place we encounter it is within ourselves. "More tortuous than anything is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?" (Jer 17:9) ... ”

  • The Real Meaning of the New BSA Policy
    Why Perception Matters - Post by Father Edward Horkan, 6/18/2013

    “The crucial issue with regard to whether Catholic parishes and other organizations should continue to sponsor BSA troop is what exactly the new policy allows. The text of the new policy is, “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The explanation that precedes this policy goes on to say, “Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.” ... ”

  • We Cannot Assume the Role of Pilate in Politics
    Post by Matthew Milhon, 6/18/2013

    “Pope Francis recently addressed a large crowd of students and teachers from Jesuit run schools and associations in Italy and Albania. As has become somewhat of a custom Francis went off script hitting just the main points of his prepared speech, he then spent the rest of the time answering questions. Francis spoke about doubt and faith, the importance of friends, the meaning of Christian hope, why he chose not to live in the Papal Apartments, among other themes that the audience asked about. One adults question prompted an of off the cuff call to arms when asking what kind of role, if any, Catholics should play in politics. ... ”

  • Unmiraculous Miracles
    Post by Father Paul Scalia, 6/14/2013

    “What does it mean when a miracle is not, well, miraculous? That is, when a miracle does not have the drama, excitement, or big production qualities that we might expect? Certainly, some miracles have plenty of drama ? voices from heaven, seas parting, fires descending, and so on. But we also know of simple, subtle miracles. Elijah, after all, encountered God not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire but in the still small voice (cf 1 Kgs 19:12). Indeed, the two most important miracles ? the Incarnation and the Resurrection ? are notable for their subtlety and hiddeness: the quiet of Bethlehem, the simple presence in the upper room. ... ”

  • So Which Is It, Mr. President?
    Post by Sister Clare Hunter, 6/13/2013

    “I heard two news reports on WETA the other day that made me want to throw something ? so like a good nun, I prayed. It wasn't necessarily shocking or surprising news, just ridiculously ironic. Here were the two most important things the good people of Metropolitan D.C. needed to know at 7:30 a.m.: In Paris, dogs and their owners marched for more off-leash space and access to public transportation; oh, and little girls can now buy the super-duper contraceptive Plan B at the drug store without adult notice or supervision. Why are we talking about dogs protesting in Paris but treating young women so carelessly? Seriously, is it me? ... ”

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