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Bring back the space

Hashtags abound, and no longer just in cyberspace. Even the Phillies AAA affiliate jumped on the tagging bandwagon with their giveaway towels for fans at the ballpark.  Realizing that most of the players who propelled the team into the playoffs were now playing for the major league team, they came up with this rallying cry:  […]

Barrett, Jenkins, and the Test of Faith

I was disturbed but completely unsurprised to hear about the recent interrogation of Professor Amy Coney Barrett of Notre Dame Law School by Senator Diane Feinstein, the distinguished senior senator from California. Professor Barrett was nominated by President Trump to the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. I admit that being a […]

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Is the glass half empty or half full? (ft. Schopenhauer and Tolstoy)

“Nonetheless, everyone desires to achieve old age, that is to say a condition in which one can say: ‘Today it is bad, and day by day it will get worse—until at last the worst of all arrives.’” –On the Suffering of the World, Arthur Schopenhauer I think that feeling creeps in on us from time […]

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Has the time of Christianity passed?

City skylines were once dominated by crosses atop grand cathedrals, and towns built up around the central church.  But these days, when a solar eclipse represents “the most transcendent experience of the year,” the religious landscape has surely changed. That’s the assessment of the Barna research group, which has developed a “Post-Christian” metric to name […]

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Finding God in the Mountains

So, there I was, 6:30 in the morning, sitting over one of the kids in my crew in the middle of the backcountry. As I finish praying the last Glory Be of my Rosary, the boy’s eyes open wide and begin to dart around the cabin as he clutches his stomach tighter. As the pain […]

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Smells and bells once again

A new year of formation has begun at Overbrook.  In keeping with tradition, the campus came back to life with a celebration of Vespers.  The liturgical day celebrated the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but on this annual occasion, with its participants clad in cassocks and surplices and singing in Latin, […]

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Virtue, Family, and the Death of Civility

I had two recent experiences that brought home to me a disturbing trend in our country. First, I walked into a PNC Bank, where a woman was sitting with her adolescent son. The tellers were occupied, or perhaps were ignoring her. That’s because she seemed to be a bit unstable. She started yelling and at […]