True Catholic Formation Involves these Three Things

True Catholic Formation Involves these Three Things

For those wishing to be a Catholic in the fullest sense, there are three areas of formation that are important to form a complete and balanced soul. These areas are spiritual and religious formation, moral and character formation and cultural formation. They do not exclude each other. Each one has its way of working. They … Read more

Three Final Thoughts on Election Day

Election Day has arrived, and voters will decide the course of America for the next four years. Like all postmodern elections, this is again the most important election in our history. The stakes are very high. The campaigns are over, and everything has been said. The two sides are locked in battle, and everyone is … Read more

Two Powerful Rules of the Spiritual Life that Never Change

In the spiritual life, there are rules that help the Catholic in the quest for sanctity. Some of these are general rules that apply to dealing with the weaknesses of our fallen nature. According to the noted Catholic thinker, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliviera,  two rules of the spiritual life never change. One rule of … Read more

What Do You Say to Graduates Who Will Have Everything?

Those who address graduates usually speak about the struggle to obtain success in life. Graduates are told that they must now face the difficult challenges that await them. They should accept no limits in their quest to change the world. Armed with their new skills, they can now face whatever life can throw at them. … Read more

Why Economics Alone Will Not Get America Right With God

There is a major problem with books written solely from an economic prism. Consider the fact that the American economy is booming by all major indicators. Unemployment is down to record lows. Inflation is minimal. Consumer confidence is up. We have not seen times like this for decades. Admittedly, wages are still low, and debt levels … Read more

Why Catholic Millennials Need These Four Urgent Life Skills

Many complain that young people are not getting the basic life skills so needed to survive in the world. Parents and schools no longer teach skills like cooking, laundry, budgeting, or car repair as in times past. At the same time, our culture encourages young people to extend their adolescence well into their twenties. They postpone … Read more

Five Guidelines for Gifts That Will Make Christmas Merry Again

Five Guidelines for Gifts That Will Make Christmas Merry Again

In making my list of gift suggestions for Christmas, I could not help but reflect that what we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things that will not agitate us but which will fill us with peace and order. We don’t need “stuff” to fill our closets but gifts that are enduring … Read more