Convictions in Things Not Seen

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen,” the Letter to the Hebrews tells us. I couldn’t help thinking of that today when I scanned the list of articles on Real Clear Politics . A piece in Roll Call ponders which notes the discrepancy . . . . Continue Reading »

On Faith and Love

In honor of today’s holiday—Reformation Day—I have been rereading Luther’s 95 Theses , which he nailed to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. A few of his theses, in particular, stood out this time around: 41. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, . . . . Continue Reading »

I’ll Bet She Can Tell A Good Story

Voting for Obama for sake of having a black president would be irresponsibly self-indulgent, but few would deny that there’s something moving in this story from Texas: Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after . . . . Continue Reading »

On the eternally self-deconstructing dialectic between the extraordinary and the ordinary as a possible quasi-foundation for postmodern conservatism, illustrated by a deplorably low-brow and alarmingly superannuated cultural reference.

As I observed the musicians (including my adorable 14-year-old soprano) and their adoring parents at a recent school concert, my thoughts turned to one of my late father’s favorite movies, “The Music Man.” I was thinking of the concluding scene in which the inept, untutored . . . . Continue Reading »

Beware of Daylight Savings Time

At least, that’s what a new research study is telling us: Clocks spring ahead and fall back when adjusting in and out of daylight saving time. A study published on Wednesday finds that heart attack rates do the same. The research, based on heart attacks in Sweden, concluded that the chance of . . . . Continue Reading »

Vote Your Conscience, Revisited

“Vote your conscience” said a recent election message aimed at Catholic voters, and I’ve heard more than one objection. The number of believing Americans without a proper understanding of ethics and civic duty is, I’d venture to guess, devastatingly large, and the last thing . . . . Continue Reading »

The Dig at David’s Kingdom

Following up on the archaeological discovery of King David’s kingdom in 2005, the New York Times today speculates: ” Find of Ancient City Could Alter Notions of Biblical David .” Overlooking the verdant Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David toppled Goliath, archaeologists are . . . . Continue Reading »