Fathers for Good: Feminine Genius

In his book Man Enough, Dr. Frank Pittman explained that men who fear fatherhood fail to understand that they don’t need to be perfect to be a father; rather, child-raising tends to make them better men.

This insight applies also to mothers, who acquire certain virtues through giving birth and raising a child.

 

Posted on September 20, 2016 .

Fathers for Good: Women Need Men

You’ve probably heard the feminist assertion that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Sadly, far too many women have bought into this notion, as even a short time watching television will confirm. Women are portrayed as the wise sages, while men are clueless, until they finally let a woman take charge.

Posted on September 13, 2016 .

Fathers For Good: Different in Body and Soul

God relates to women in a unique, interior manner

By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.

While it is perfectly clear that men and women differ physically, there is another difference that may not always be so apparent: in women’s spiritual lives and the way God communicates with us.

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Posted on September 6, 2016 .

NCR: Msgr. Nalty's Receipe for Amatriciana from the Earthquake-Torn Town of Amatrice

Amatriciana is the beloved signature sauce of the Italian town of Amatrice, which was razed in an earthquake on August 24. Restaurateurs throughout Italy are showing support for the people of Amatrice by donating 1 or 2 euros to Red Cross relief efforts for every Amatriciana dish sold. For those outside Italy, I offer the recipe below. Cooking up this meal — praying while you work — and contributing materially to relief efforts seem like great ways to keep the suffering people of central Italy close to your heart.

Posted on August 24, 2016 .

NCR: Before Taking the Benedict Option, Try the Marian Option

Journalist and author Rod Dreher, responding to MacIntyre’s call, has proposed the “Benedict Option” as the way to deal with the crisis in our civilization and the growing Christian persecution. Dreher is looking back to St. Benedict of old, but for all of St. Benedict’s many merits, perhaps MacIntyre was on to something when he proposed a “very different” St. Benedict. In fact, there is a “very different” alternative who has an even better track record at restoring culture and vanquishing enemies than the Father of Monasticism. Hidden in plain sight, she is, of course, Our Lady, and she offers us the Marian Option.

Posted on August 11, 2016 .

Seeing God in Bronze and Clay

For sculptor and painter Thomas Marsh sacred art doesn’t need to fall into the trap of religious kitsch or modernist fads. From Santa Cruz to Washington, D.C., Marsh’s work can be seen in churches, monasteries, monuments and memorials. Trained in the realist school of painting and sculpture, Marsh works to capture something unique about the human spirit that conjures up something deeper in the soul than novelty or saccharine sentimentality.

Posted on July 26, 2016 .

Can We Stop Kidding Ourselves About “I’m Personally Opposed, But”?

In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but politically pro-choice.” Born of a desire to appear to be pro-life (and adhering to Catholic teaching), while also appeasing the pro-choice juggernaut that doesn’t allow for choice on the issue, Cuomo seemingly resolved the unresolvable. Catholic politicians and others have hung onto it for dear life ever since. 

Posted on July 24, 2016 .

Pontifex University Blog: Chartres Cathedral and Philosophers

I’ve just started doing some research on Chartres Cathedral and ran across this quotation from 11th century Thierry of Chartres. In his work, the Heptateuchon, Thierry says, “Philosophy has two principal instruments, the mind and its expression. The mind is enlightened by the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music), its expression, elegant, reasonable, ornate is provide by the Trivium (grammar, rhetoric and dialectic).” These seven liberal arts and the artists who most exemplify them are featured on the Royal Portal of Chartres Cathedral.

Posted on July 21, 2016 .

What Happens in Krakow, Doesn’t Stay in Krakow

Most of us have heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The idea being, of course, that when you visit sin city, the effects stay there and you can return to your life without tarnish or rumor following you home. Sadly, sin is never private, never isolated, and only left behind by the grace of confession and penance. 

Posted on July 21, 2016 .

Countdown to WYD: Henryk Sienkiewicz: From ‘Quo Vadis’ to the Heart of Poland

In the back of a Polish parish, an elderly woman whispers a prayer: “Lord, please help Bohdan, that he may be safe in battle and route our enemies.” She lights a candle and leaves. It is 1885 and the Bohdan she is praying for lived centuries before. His story, however, has been told afresh in the local papers with the characters painted so lifelike that many a Pole tucks them into their prayers.

Posted on July 12, 2016 .

NCR Blog: Fr. Paul Scalia's Funeral Homily for Lizz Lovett (Requiescat in Pace) [Audio version included]

Lizz Lovett passed away quietly on July 2 surrounded by her husband, children, family and friends after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. When I published the article When a Mother Has to Say Goodbye to Her Children in early February, Lizz wasn’t expected to live to the month of March. She managed to come back from the brink of death and regain some weight and strength.

Posted on July 9, 2016 .