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Lions

I read a story about a man with a recurring nightmare. In the dream, he was pursued by a fierce lion which kept chasing him until he dropped from exhaustion and woke screaming. The dream disturbed him greatly and, eventually, he sought counsel from his pastor. As they spoke, the pastor asked if there was something troubling going on in his life:...

04 13 2022

Why Faith and Reason Need Each Other

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. Jared Staudt, teacher and father, explains why distinguishing faith  and reason is important when debating and explaining.   In a world that has gone mad, our greatest need in the recovery of our sanity is faith. Without it, the human mind experiences an eclipse, cu...

03 29 2022

Buy Dirt

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy dirt.Find you a few things that you can put a fence around. Do what you love but call it work and throw a little money in the plate at church. You can't buy happiness, but you can buy dirt. --“Buy Dirt,” Luke Bryan Farming used to be a way of life and a school of virtue for society.  P...

03 23 2022

Advent on the Border, Part III: Mary, Mother of Immigrants

[This post is the final installment of three.] I left, with my head full of doubts. And here I am, remembering everything that I once was.  I crossed four countries in five days Running at a trot, eating a little, speaking little and crying softly. -From Me Fui: Himno de los Migrantes Gloria is a twenty-something volunteer at ...

02 04 2022

Advent on the Border, Part II: Journey to the Land of God

[This post is the second of three installments.] The dream we hold must translate into a daily journey of concrete steps…from conflict to communion, from hatred to love, from escape to encounter. A patient journey to the land God has prepared for us. The land where, when people ask, “Who are you?,” you can respond, “I am your brother, you...

01 11 2022

Advent on the Border, Part I: “Thorns, Tears and Fatherhood”

[This Advent, I traveled to the border between the United States and Mexico. For two weeks, I served as a volunteer at a migrant shelter in El Paso. This post is the first of three installments that describe the grace I encountered there.] The road to El Paso pushes through an arid region of tall yucca and thin grass. South of Carlsbad, a mounta...

12 15 2021

The Masks We Wear

This article was previously published in Sword and Spade magazine. Theo Howard, writing this dispatch from Great Britain,  considers the reasons to wear masks and the reasons to take them off. Perhaps the supreme symbol of the tribulations that have beset the world in the last year is the medical face mask. Itself of doubtful effectiveness...

11 06 2021

What Weddings Can We Attend?

This article was previously published in Sword and Spade magazine. Around the issues of belonging and communion, marriage is front and center. Setting aside the flagrant disregard for the obvious nature of marriage today, Catholics of goodwill can still be more than confused in regards to what weddings they can/should attend and which they ought...

07 26 2021

The Education Of Hardship

Daniel Kerr, founder of St. Martin’s Academy, discusses the loss and necessary finding of hard won experience.   A recent TIME magazine edition was dedicated exclusively to dispelling its readership from the gloom of finding themselves awake in a world they didn’t like. Apoplectic and growing increasingly bewildered by the glow of a ...

06 29 2021

St. Mary’s of the Plains

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Isaiah 2:4 Gian Sardar wrote a book about her father who grew up in Kurdistan. “I saw my father as a boy in fields of blood-red poppies,” she said in an interview. “I imagined the mud huts he lived in, the sound of the call to prayer early in the morning and...

06 22 2021

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