From the Washington Post, 8/19/22: “Federal police stormed the home of a Catholic bishop in northern Nicaragua at dawn on Friday and detained one of President Daniel Ortega’s most prominent remaining critics as the government moved ever closer to silencing all dissent in the Central American country. “Authorities placed the bishop, the Rev. Rolando Álvarez,Continue reading “Nicaragua’s ‘Intense Waves of Repression’ “
“Jesus said: ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,and have neglected the weightier things of the law:judgment and mercy and fidelity.But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.’” — Matthew 23:23 I tend to hear these words, from the Gospel reading of August 23,Continue reading “On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer”
Writing back in May about how Democrats hoped the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade could help them turn the tide against the projected Republican wave in the November mid-term elections, I predicted that wouldn’t happen “unless Republicans run scared” on the abortion issue. True to form, a number of Republicans in the New YorkContinue reading “Running Scared“
Put not your trust in princes,in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;on that day his plans perish. — Psalm 146, 3-4 We all look for heroes in life—people we can admire, take inspiration from, look to for leadership and great accomplishments. WeContinue reading “On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’”
Tributes poured forth, and deservedly so, following the death last week of Michael R. Long, a giant of conservative politics in New York and across the nation. I wouldn’t even attempt to match the depth or eloquence of those remembrances, from loving family and friends, colleagues and allies in the political arena, leaders of hisContinue reading “Mike Long, R.I.P.”
A racist shooting massacre in Buffalo last May. The horrible slaughter of little schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas in June. July opening with the mass shooting of holiday parade-goers in Highland Park, Illinois. Each time, we grope for answers, solutions, interventions that will end this madness. There are the immediate panaceas: tougher gun control, harsher punishments.Continue reading “Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you.” “For you are my hope, O Lord;my trust, O God, from my youth.On you I depend from birth;from my mother’s womb you are my strength.” “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” As I read these words, and put themContinue reading “On Scripture: ‘In the Womb I Knew You’”
I’ve wanted for some time to start a Scripture discussion series on this site, hopefully each week choosing one reading that we can exchange reflections about. Yesterday’s Gospel, with Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan, seems an excellent one to start with, as it is familiar to all of us and speaks very powerfully toContinue reading “The Parable of the Good Samaritan “
The decision came Friday morning. Shortly after, my daughter Clare texted that she and some Young America’s Foundation colleagues were heading to the Supreme Court to counter the pro-abortion protesters already there. My son Joe texted from Wisconsin, hailing the decision and noting that it was issued on the feast of the Sacred Heart. Meanwhile,Continue reading “Post-Roe, Pro-Life Work Goes On”
As I’ve indicated previously, while the purpose of this blog is not to advance partisan politics, there will be times when the importance of a critical election, or the quality of a candidate, prompts me to make a recommendation. Such is the case with New York’s gubernatorial election, and its critical pro-life implications withContinue reading “Lee Zeldin – Pro-Life – for Governor”
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