On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer

“Jesus said: ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,and have neglected the weightier things of the law:judgment and mercy and fidelity.But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.’” — Matthew 23:23 I tend to hear these words, from the Gospel reading of August 23,Continue reading “On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer”

On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’

Put not your trust in princes,in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;on that day his plans perish.                                                 — Psalm 146, 3-4 We all look for heroes in life—people we can admire, take inspiration from, look to for leadership and great accomplishments. WeContinue reading “On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’”

Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil

A racist shooting massacre in Buffalo last May. The horrible slaughter of little schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas in June. July opening with the mass shooting of holiday parade-goers in Highland Park, Illinois. Each time, we grope for answers, solutions, interventions that will end this madness. There are the immediate panaceas: tougher gun control, harsher punishments.Continue reading “Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil”

On Scripture: ‘In the Womb I Knew You’

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you.” “For you are my hope, O Lord;my trust, O God, from my youth.On you I depend from birth;from my mother’s womb you are my strength.” “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” As I read these words, and put themContinue reading “On Scripture: ‘In the Womb I Knew You’”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan  

I’ve wanted for some time to start a Scripture discussion series on this site, hopefully each week choosing one reading that we can exchange reflections about. Yesterday’s Gospel, with Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan, seems an excellent one to start with, as it is familiar to all of us and speaks very powerfully toContinue reading “The Parable of the Good Samaritan  “

Post-Roe, Pro-Life Work Goes On

The decision came Friday morning. Shortly after, my daughter Clare texted that she and some Young America’s Foundation colleagues were heading to the Supreme Court to counter the pro-abortion protesters already there. My son Joe texted from Wisconsin, hailing the decision and noting that it was issued on the feast of the Sacred Heart. Meanwhile,Continue reading “Post-Roe, Pro-Life Work Goes On”

Lee Zeldin – Pro-Life – for Governor

As I’ve indicated previously, while the purpose of this blog is not to advance partisan politics, there will be times when the importance of a critical election, or the quality of a candidate, prompts me to make a recommendation.   Such is the case with New York’s gubernatorial election, and its critical pro-life implications withContinue reading “Lee Zeldin – Pro-Life – for Governor”

Speaker Pelosi’s Show Trial

Picture this: It’s early 2023, and Congressional Republicans, having regained majority control of the House of Representatives, announce the formation of a select committee to hold hearings on allegations that President Biden had some involvement in son Hunter’s shady business dealings. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, while objecting to the planned hearings, duly submits theContinue reading “Speaker Pelosi’s Show Trial”