Why Do So Many Smart People Use Dumb Phones?

Wherever you go, people are on their “smartphones.” In airports, restaurants or on the street, people are almost permanently glued to their devices, obsessed with the idea that they cannot exist without being connected to the cyber world. Thus, they … Continue reading

“They” is Destroying the English Language

Entering the new year, something tragic happened in the world of grammar and language usage. Over 200 linguists of the American Dialect Society met in Washington, D.C. to choose their “Word of the Year.” They overwhelmingly chose the singular use … Continue reading

Reflections on Christmases Past and Future

It is Christmas and we all think back on Christmases past not without a bit of nostalgia for what the feast represents. We think back on Christmas trees, manger scenes and midnight Masses. We recall family dinners, marveling children and … Continue reading

Mammy’s: The Real Cracker Barrel

In an ever changing world one thing seems to always remain the same, a meal at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. It is perhaps that universal sameness, both in food and décor, which always leaves me a bit disappointed. While … Continue reading

Who is the Real Saint Anthony?

There is a tendency nowadays to depict saints as people who 
bypass the realities of life and somehow attain sanctity with 
little effort. Here we have two pictures of Saint Anthony of Padua. The first is a fresco in the … Continue reading

St. Louis IX Crusader and Statesman

August 25 is the feast of Saint Louis IX, King, Confessor of the Faith, Crusader and model of a Catholic head of state. There are two different ways people picture Saint Louis IX. One is as he truly was, the … Continue reading

When Society is Corrupt, Is There a Solution?

A while back, the Italian Parliament voted to overturn prison sentences for politicians convicted of receiving illegal campaign contributions in light of unprecedented scandals. The legislation established that illegal contributions to political campaigns were no longer crimes but simply “civil … Continue reading

Finding the Real Soul of the Apostolate

The present scandals in the Church have many people looking for positive solutions to the multifaceted problems which beset the Bride of Christ, not realizing that the true solution will only come from Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, His life … Continue reading