Tolkien, the Fall, and the Fathers

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite books. If you’re at all familiar with it, or with any of the other writings in which he crafted the mythology of Middle-Earth, you probably know that both elves and men play major roles in the history of his sub-created universe. Elves are immortal. […]

Our Patient, Mr. Grey: A Response to “50 Shades of Grey” in the Style of C.S. Lewis

[Ed. Note: The Screwtape Letters remains one of C.S. Lewis’ most well-read works. Part irony, part incisive exploration of human nature, the novel is comprised of a series of letters written between demons attempting to corrupt a human being. The following blog entry adapts the deeply satirical tone of Lewis’ book and applies it to […]

Tocqueville and Liturgy Class

For those who don’t know, Alexis de Tocqueville was a Frenchman that came to the United States in the early 1830’s to study the new country, and in 1835 he published Democracy in America. Little did Tocqueville know, his flagship work would prove to be the greatest work in political philosophy in the nineteenth century. […]

Building a Culture of Life Requires Consistency

While Governor Tom Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty in PA is a pro-life victory that should be celebrated, it’s sad that Governor Wolf (D) and his supporters are not morally consistent in also opposing the death penalty for the innocent pre-born in the womb.  Something is seriously wrong when someone strongly opposes the death […]

LENT online

“Whom Do You Follow?” is the leading question in a recent article on Christian life in the age of social media. Its conclusion rightly asserts that “We must not allow social media to become an object of obsession (with ourselves), but explore how it can help us to authentically share and participate in God’s love.” […]

FOCUS: Heeding the Universal Call of The Second Vatican Council to Evangelize

I went to an uplifting conference called SEEK 2015 over Christmas break in Nashville, TN, and found myself with 10,000 other seekers. Every two years, SEEK is hosted by F.O.C.U.S (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), who are a group of mostly lay men and women striving to bring Christ to students on college campuses across […]

Be Who You Are

The college seminary recently had a conference on Christian Manhood, and the speaker pointed out how Jesus sprawled on the cross epitomizes what it means to be a man. The night before His crucifixion, Christ’s words foreshadowed this calling for us: “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of […]