Tag: democracy

God vs. Caesar

This week’s Gospel reading is from Matthew, 22:15–21, in which the Pharisees try to trip up Jesus by asking Him if it is lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar. Jesus asks to see the coin that is used to pay the tax, points out Caesar’s image on it and says, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar…

The Materialist Myth

The chapter titled “If I Become Rich, Won’t Someone Else Become Poor?” in Money, Greed, and God by Jay W. Richards is one everybody should read. Perhaps we could then destroy the myth that wealth is not created, but simply transferred. The following excerpt is relatively long, but it spells it out well. After mentioning the parable of talents from the Gospel…

Recognizing Limits

Back in January of 2013, First Things published an article with a provocative title: “Against Great Books.” It was written by Patrick J. Deneen, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. I printed the article, and it has languished in my studio for years. I reread it today and found it to be another important take on…

Bad Trades

This paragraph in today’s Glimpse of Grace from Madeleine L’Engle meshes well with the words of Bishop Robert Barron published to accompany today’s readings in Magnificat. So, here’s L’Engle: God created, and it was joy: time, space, matter. There is, and we are part of that is-ness, part of that beginning. That is our calling: co-creation. Every single one of…

A Fighting Religion

I’ve long been a fan of Archbishop Charles Chaput. I met him in 1998, when he was Archbishop of Denver, and 20-month-old Luke and I were spending a day at the Denver Archdiocese Pastoral Center, as I had been asked to proofread the The Denver Catholic Register before it went to press when the editor was out of town. (I had…