I do not claim that Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had a double mastectomy is the most important story of the week. An excellent commentary on this has been published in On The Square over at First Things, so I am not going to duplicate what she had said.
To put the matter very [...]
Today, April 2nd, is the 8th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. I was a student in Rome at the time, and I came down to St. Peter’s square for the prayer vigil when he died. It was a Saturday night, and there was a huge crowd. In the several days before [...]
I recently returned from a 10 day pilgimage to the Holy Land, and I will post more about that trip as I have time to sort through the experiences. Part of the packet of information given to me in preparation for the trip included travel tips from the 1920′s. Regarding what you need to pack, [...]
The awesome power of nature should make us tremble. The photographs of Hurricane Sandy’s recent visit to the United States remind us of that power: rivers running through city streets, homes destroyed, buildings torn apart, and beaches moved about.
I firmly believe that there are only two ways to see a hurricane, just as [...]
Jesus came to set the human race free from slavery, which meant breaking the power of every tyrant on earth. The tyrants had chariots, horses, catapults, walled cities, and ships. Jesus had a crowd of [...]
At the time of the birth of Christ, the Romans maintained control over the land of Israel by supporting a local government. This government was headed by a shrewd and ruthless king, Herod the Great. [...]
In the closing centuries BC (before Christ), much of the Middle East was under Greek rule. Their remarkable civilization was imitated and envied by other nations, and the Greek language was the common language of trade [...]
In the centuries before Christ, the Middle East was dominated by empires and their armies, who used their learning and prosperity to conquer cities and collect their wealth. Politics at that time was nasty, and rebellions [...]
First scene: Imagine the native tribes living in North America. They hunted and fished for food and lived on what nature provided. They stayed with their own people and clans, they traded with the neighboring [...]
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