Religion

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

This Letter, more than any other piece written by King, embodies the wisdom and the heart of a man who is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest civil rights leaders of the modern age. Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.: 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail,… Read more →

“Little Boy” is a Big Film with Even Bigger Ideas

Before a private screening, co-producer Eduardo Verastegui said that one of the goals they wanted to accomplish in his new film, “Little Boy” was a living Norman Rockwell painting, depicting America in all of its idyllic warmth.  The heartwarming film achieved that and so much more. Set in 1940s California, “Little Boy” follows a—to put it in modern politically correct… Read more →

Patient, Heal Thyself

In a shocking finding, researchers at Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Osher Research Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have found that the placebo effect works even when subjects know they are taking a placebo. We’ve all heard the cliche, physician, heal thyself. With some conditions, evidently, it’s apt to implore the patient to heal thyself too. Placebos (dummy… Read more →

Sex, Lies, and Theology

“…sex felt dirty and wrong and sinful even though I was married.” There’s an article making the rounds entitled “IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Waited Until My Wedding Night to Lose My Virginity and I Wish I Hadn’t.” In it, the author explains that she waited to have sex until her wedding night like a good little Christian, and then… Read more →

Materialism, Kissing, and the Purpose of Life

Excerpt taken from an article written by the character Will Vernik in spiritual fiction, Now and at the Hour of Our Death. The spoilers have been omitted. Modern science tells us that all human emotion and all human action and psychology can be reduced to basic mechanical processes. McKenzie’s inspiration wasn’t a message from God, just a brain mixing up… Read more →

Catholic and Libertarian? Cardinal Says They’re Incompatible. This is Why He’s Wrong.

“This economy kills,”  Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said in a speech yesterday at a conference held by Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, entitled “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism.” “The libertarianism [sic] deregulation of the market is much to the disadvantage of the poor.” The cardinal quoted Pope Francis frequently as he berated today’s… Read more →

Paradoxes and the Purpose of Lent

I know paradoxes are compelling and provocative and mystical and all that good stuff, but I’m not a big fan. Sure, they’re not contradictions in that they are impossible and make no sense, but they are seeming contradictions, and they often have the effect of cheap Eastern theological thrills playing on the problem-solving region of our brains. One of the… Read more →