Why the Feast of the Circumcision Is So Special

January 1 is the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In this regard, the Gospel says: “And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the … Continue reading

Save Us From the Deniers of Hell

Anyone who wonders why the Catholic Church is in its present crisis need only read Dr. Scott Bruce’s “Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?” The Wall Street Journal article (9/15-16/2018) recently appeared in its popular weekend review section. … Continue reading

Reflections on Women in Combat

One of the most earthshaking decisions of our country in 2015 occurred on December 3, when Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter declared that all combat jobs would become open to women with “no exceptions.” While it is horrible enough that … 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

Opportune Clarifications on Islam

“To tell the truth, Jesus is not an object of veneration in the Muslim tradition[…] in the Koran, Jesus is a great prophet, famous for his miracles on behalf of a poor and sick humanity, but he is not the … Continue reading

How to Revive the Notion of Good and Evil

  The notion of good and evil can be revived in various ways, including: •  Avoiding all formulations that smack of secularist or interdenominational morality, because secularism and interdenominationalism logically lead to amorality. •  Opportunely pointing out that God has … Continue reading

Seeking the True Joy of Christmas

The state of world events is so uncertain that it is impossible to know the conditions in which we will celebrate Christmas or what the New Year will bring. This is a Christmas in which Americans are filled with uncertainty, … Continue reading

Sacred Art and Naturalism

Upon entering the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the first impression is one of vastness. The immense polished floor provides an open arena for the diverse performance of the filtering light. The length and height of the walls are enhanced … Continue reading

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