Tag: society

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 Value of Literature

For months, I have had an online article titled, “Can Reading Literature Make Us Moral?” open in my browser. Its author is Gary Saul Morson, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern University. I imagine I came across the post via Twitter, as I had never before heard of either Morson or Big Questions Online, the site where the…

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…

Educational Freedom

Isaac Morehouse gets his say in Freedom Without Permission’s third essay, which is titled “Freedom in Education and Career.” I may have enjoyed this one the most, because it felt comfortable and familiar. My husband and I started homeschooling when the first of our six kids was four years old. He’s now 20. Not content to just sign on to…

Thinking about it Reasonably

In his introduction to The Religious Sense by Monsignor Luigi Giussani, Monsignor J. Francis Stafford seems to pretty concisely explain what’s in store (even if it’s not exactly easy to understand): He [Monsignor Giussani] intuited with much anticipation succeeding developments in society and the church—the drama of a reduction of the Christian fact to merely practical and exterior practice, implying for…

History Always Seems to be on Replay

I’ve developed something of a fascination with British history, especially during the time of its Roman occupation, and that is due, to a large extent, to the novels of Rosemary Sutcliff, specifically her Roman Britain trilogy that includes Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers. When I discovered a blog about Rosemary and her writings published…