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Accelerated Changes: Disappearing Faith

September 11, AD2014 4 Comments
Accelerated Changes: Disappearing Faith

It took roughly 1,750 years after Jesus Christ walked the Earth for the United States of America to be formed and organized by a group of European refugees seeking religious and political freedom. Yet, less than 200 years later, the country founded upon fundamentally Christian ideals had become the economic engine and global defender for […]

The Red Sword of ISIS

September 11, AD2014 1 Comment
The Red Sword of ISIS

They bowed their heads to say grace, then started to eat a rare breakfast together when the cell phone rang. The man and his two-and-a-half year old son were the only ones at the table this morning. Normally, they are accompanied by the son’s three older siblings and his mother. Today was different. The others […]

ISIS and the Just War Doctrine

September 11, AD2014 20 Comments
ISIS and the Just War Doctrine

Let’s not go to war with ISIS.  I know, radical idea; and honestly, I understand why so many people want to. The Islamic State is brutally destroying the Christian foothold in the Middle East. They’ve produced hundreds, if not thousands, of martyrs; and they’re desecrating Christian holy land, in the name of an extremist version […]

Unity is Overrated and…Divisive!

September 10, AD2014 10 Comments
Unity is Overrated and…Divisive!

Unity…wouldn’t you like a penny for each time you have heard this word praised as some Shangri-la of human goals? I think that I will cough out a lung the next time I hear someone was poetic about how God brings us unity, or how unity is a symptom of peace and brotherhood or, take […]

Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

September 9, AD2014 12 Comments
Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

Jefferson Davis was always a friend to Catholics.  In his youth as a boy he studied at the Saint Thomas School at the Saint Rose Dominican Priory in Washington County Kentucky.  While there, Davis, the only Protestant student, expressed a desire to convert.  One of the priests there advised the boy to wait until he […]

Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

September 9, AD2014 3 Comments
Teaching About Vocations and Occupations

The Same Old Questions Another semester is beginning, and I am back in the classroom, teaching young college students about the parts and pieces of the human body. I stand before them and introduce myself as “Dr. Hunnell, a family physician”. At some point in the coming weeks, I will begin to get the questions: […]

St. Clare and The Morning Offering

September 8, AD2014 15 Comments
St. Clare and The Morning Offering

The halls were cool. Large pale ceramic tiles lined the walls. The floors polished by Mr. Jensen every afternoon, so I thought. We knew to be quiet and respectful in these halls, except of course when it was nearly impossible at 3 o’clock and our capacity for stillness was wrung out. We needed to run […]

How is Evangelization Judging?

September 5, AD2014 11 Comments
How is Evangelization Judging?

“Don’t judge me!” A flabbergasted wrinkle joins my forehead. Wait. What? I was just relating to a friend how the Church changed my mind about birth control, or maybe I was posting a funny meme about modest dress, or showing my picture joining a pro-life rally, when I heard those unbelievable words.             How is […]

Tuna Melts, Meaning and Marriage

September 5, AD2014 11 Comments
Tuna Melts, Meaning and Marriage

What is a Tuna Melt? The bubbly nine-year-old bounced in the cushioned booth seat after glancing at the menu. “Tuna melt!” she proclaimed. “That’s what I want. A tuna melt!” The waitress smiled. “What kind of cheese do you want on that, miss?” “Cheese?” the girl turned to her mother in a panic. “I don’t […]

You Can Fly With An Eternity Attitude At A Heavenly Altitude

September 4, AD2014 2 Comments
You Can Fly With An Eternity Attitude At A Heavenly Altitude

The old man was generous to a fault, had raised a passle of kids, and loved even more grandkids. He and one son-in-law, though so different in age, had shared the experience of serving their country, he in combat in WWII in the Pacific and the son-in-law serving stateside during the Vietnam War. The son-in-law […]