Do Virtue and Culture Clash?

Can a Devout Christian Enjoy a Chocolate Éclair? Modern culture presents explosions of pleasures and delights as a supreme goal for all those who want to enjoy life to its fullest. People insist upon the best foods, drinks, accommodations and entertainment. This pursuit of happiness becomes the meaning and purpose of countless lives. With such … Read more

The Beautiful Season of Advent


Advent, beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew, November 30, is a season of preparation for the birth of Our Lord Jesus. Advent comprises four Sundays. Just as Lent prepares us for the Passion of the Lord and Easter, Advent prepares us for the birth of the Lord, Christmas. Free Book: … Read more

Can Twitter Be an Occasion of Sin?

Can Twitter Be an Occasion of Sin?

Everyone talks about the addictive aspect of Twitter but not its moral effects. Can Twitter lead to sin? Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I. evidently thinks so. In a final tweet, he wrote that the social media platform had become a “distraction” to him, an “obstacle” to his spiritual life and an “occasion of sin.” The … Read more

Why Apps Cannot Replace Temperance in Preventing Suicide

In a fast-paced world,everyone wants everything instantly and effortlessly. This desire is part of a culture in which happiness and pleasure are expected yet not always delivered. When people inevitably fail to obtain all that they want, they suffer from stress and depression. No one should be surprised that they then also want instant relief … Read more

Natural and Organic Life v. Artificial & Mechanical Existence

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  A room with cleverly calculated proportions: wide enough and with a high enough ceiling to simultaneously convey the harmonious yet contrary impressions of warmth and relief. It easily accommodates the furniture, paintings, chandelier, and people with enough space for them to move about naturally, without bumping into something or someone. The furnishings are not … Read more

The Opioid Crisis: A Spiritual Solution

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An opioid crisis is devastating America. Every day, more than ninety Americans die by overdosing on these new killers. The crisis involves the misuse of and addiction to opioids such as prescription pain relievers, fentanyl and heroin. New powerful synthetic opioids have become especially deadly. Too many people mistakenly reduce the problem to materialistic causes. … Read more

What Should the Church Be Doing in the Fight Against Obesity

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In the past, the Catholic Church was well positioned to favor excellent nutrition to the faithful. Through its liturgical feast days, a wonderful rhythmic ebb and flow of life adapted well to our nature. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, for example, the peasants followed a good and simple diet and a lifestyle that had … Read more

Sainte Chapelle: Faith Carved in Stone (VIDEO)

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Sainte Chapelle: Masterpiece of Temperance Built by Saint Louis IX of France, this chapel reflects an extraordinary innocence of soul. We could call this chapel the Chapel of Innocence.  Because a soul must be profoundly innocent to conceive this. Free Book: Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, … Read more

Why We Need Temperance Not Regulation

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Above all, we must realize that it cannot be stopped by imposing draconian laws upon the economy since this would only end up strangling all commerce. The only solution to this intemperance is a corresponding temperance. Read the popular article: We Must Resist the Temptation to Secession As Edmund Burke notes: “Men of intemperate minds … Read more