How Do You Talk Sense to Teens on Abortion? Ask a Teen 16

The other day, I was having breakfast with a priest from the Archdiocese of Boston, who told me about a bad experience he had while preaching about abortion. In the middle of his homily, one of the altar servers, a seventh grade girl, took off her robe, walked straight down the middle aisle, and left the church — for good.

The girl’s mother, being naturally concerned, brought her to speak with the priest afterwards. He tried to explain the Church’s position on abortion, but to no avail. Her only response was that she could not belong to a church that imposed intolerant moral views on other people.

Fortunately, not all 12 year old girls think this way. For example, the girl in the video below More…

Raise the Bar in 2012 with a Pro-Life Resolution 4

Three Days into the New Year

Statistically, that means most people have caved in on their new years resolutions by now, since 2 out of 3 people break their resolution within 48 hours.

The take away is to make better resolutions, resolutions you can easily keep. This video explains how simply this can be done: More…

Why a Year Dedicated to Faith? Reply

Finding the Right Door

Have you ever experienced the following: you are at someone’s house for the first time and you need to use the restroom. You ask where it is and they tell you, “down the hall to the left.” You go down the hall and you find two doors. You open the first one and you say to yourself, “Oh, oh, wrong door!” Lesson? To get to the right room you have to open the right door.

Pope Benedict in his Apostolic Letter proclaiming a “Year of Faith” More…

The Eucharistic Message of the Child in the Manger 1

BETHLEHEM: HOUSE OF BREAD

It’s remarkable that even though the infant Jesus couldn’t speak, from the first moment of his birth, he was proclaiming that he is the Bread of Life. It’s as if is impatient to institute the Eucharist.

The word Bethlehem in Hebrew means “house of bread” and it’s also no coincidence that Jesus rested in a feeding trough—a “manger” sounds much more quaint, but that’s what it was.

So let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on Jesus, the Bread of Life.

IF YOU BELIEVE AND EAT THIS BREAD… More…

Look Mom, They’re Naked! 4

When Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George came under fire earlier this week for comparing the LGBT movement to the Ku Klux Klan, I immediately thought of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. I’m sure you are familiar with the story, so this video featuring the Cardinal’s interview on Fox News and some shots from the Chicago Gay Pride Parade might give you some idea about what I mean.

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Orthodox Traditions in Secular Art Reply

The Christmas season is a great time to visit museums. Today I joined a group of my students at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, where I stumbled across a real gem of a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, a portrait of Madame Marie Joseph-Michel Ginoux:

Madame Ginoux

While most people see Van Gogh as avant-guard trendsetter, More…

Pope Benedict’s Five Goals for the New Evangelization 1

You Cannot Believe and Remain Silent.

One of those annoying experiences in life is when a friend tells you they saw someone you wanted to meet, but forgot to let you know so that you weren’t able to see that person.

A few years ago a friend of mine got really angry at me because More…