Botox and Selfies- Will There Be a Tipping Point?

My youngest son just turned eleven. He is “all boy.” His older brothers tease him by asking, “How many girlfriends do you have now, David?” Such an idea elicits a quick and determined, “None! Girls are weird” response, which is precisely…
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The Euthanasia Movement Gains Steam

Like many cultural observers, I have been waiting for about twenty years for the shoe to drop in in the United States on euthanasia. While assisted suicide has been legalized in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, and Montana in recent…

Persons with Disabilities Are Gifts to Be Celebrated

March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day. The occasion reminded me about I conversation I had with a wealthy friend almost twenty years ago that made a profound impression on me. He had been raised in sunny California and seemingly had the…

Catholics, Take the Long View

My nineteen-year-old son has worked several jobs while in college, and he has saved some modest funds. I have spoken to him about the benefits of investing in stocks or mutual funds rather than just a low-interest savings account, primarily…

Silence Is Trending

In recent years, I have twice been blessed to be able to walk a long portion of the thousand-year-old pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago in Spain. Part of the Camino’s mystique is that it forces one to experience silence. While its pilgrims…
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What’s a Catholic to Make of Polyamory?

In 2010, TLC premiered Sister Wives, a show featuring a modern polygamist family. It stars a man and his four wives, with whom he had eighteen children. The show became very popular and ran for eight seasons over the course of four years, showing…
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Does the Future Hold a Digital Revolution?

Hi everyone. Due to several recent talks that required preparation, and the trips that came with them, I’ve been away from the blog for the past several weeks. I’m glad to be back. I recently entered the realm of having four teenagers,…

“Stage Lights” Are Falling: Contraception Questioned

Catholic theologian Christopher West has used the movie The Truman Show as an excellent metaphor for how our common, everyday assumptions are, at times, seriously flawed. For those of you who have not seen the movie, Truman Burbank (played by…
Burning Man

Is Burning Man a Pagan Ritual?

If you’ve seen the movie Office Space, you might have a clear mental picture of the typical people who put down big bucks and head to rural Nevada every year to be a part of the Burning Man Festival. A key demographic going to this curious,…