This Is the America I Celebrate on July 4th

Looking at the state of the nation, I wonder which America we are celebrating this July 4th. The nation is clearly divided, and thus many Americas appear. Not all are to be celebrated. This year has been particularly marked by disunity … Continue reading






Finding Happiness in the Lost Virtue of Duty

In the twenty-first century, the virtue of duty is paradoxically both greatly admired and shamefully despised. On the one hand, certain forms of duty, such as military service, are still widely appreciated. A common sight in airports, malls, and other … Continue reading






Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever

Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever By Luiz Sérgio Solimeo Cover illustration: The basilica of Fatima with the International Pilgrim Fatima Virgin statue in the forefront. Copyright © 2008 The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and … Continue reading






One Word Missing in the Election Debates

Listening to the rhetoric in the present political cycle, there seems to be a missing word. It is not “angst” or “frustration,” neither “equality” nor “jobs” or even the latest buzzword, “establishment.” All these words are thrown around in the … Continue reading






When Government Does Good Things Poorly

It is no secret that middle-class Americans are angry at the government and the general state of things. The so-called anti-establishment candidates appear to be channeling that rage to their camps. It is a raw undefined rage that is based … Continue reading






“Courage, Play the Man”

Religious persecution is a frequent topic of discussion in our country and for good reason. The mere mention of Kim Davis or the Little Sisters of the Poor, is sufficient to conjure up images of a heavy-handed bureaucracy and unjust … Continue reading






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