Rights, Solidarity, and the Truth

  . . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)      I’ll bet you’re tired of talking about COVID.  I certainly am.  The curious little virus (SARS-CoV-2) from Wuhan (or, more accurately, our reactions to it) has tyrannized not just conversation but public life for almost two years now, […]

Forget the Tech Tyrants: Our Hope is in The Lord (One Year Later)

Hope in the Lord

One year ago I started this blog, Spes in Domino, in large part because I felt the need for independent voices, even small, insignificant voices like mine, to provide some alternative to the increasingly totalitarian dominance of tech giants such as Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google.  I had previously run two blogs on Blogger, but hadn’t […]

Put Not Your Trust in Princes, or, The Autumn of Our Discontent

“My kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus says to Pontius Pilate (John 18:36). Our journey to that kingdom lies along a via dolorosa in this one: we can depend upon the powers of this world to save us no more than Jesus could rely on Pilate to save him from Calvary.

Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World

     This July 4th is the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which grounds the founding of the Unites States in a theological argument: . . . that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the […]

Who’s really “politicizing” the Body of Christ?

   An unusual and unfamiliar expression, “Eucharistic Coherence”, has been showing up on a lot of Catholic websites lately. I’ve written about the abuse of language on more than one occasion in the recent past (here and here, for instance), but this term is not itself abusive, rather it’s intended to expose and correct abuse.  It refers […]

We Are More Than What We Do: St. Joseph the Worker

They say that necessity is the mother of invention but, as today’s feast of St. Joseph the Worker shows us, sometimes measures taken for practical purposes can point to deeper truths.    The memorial of St. Joseph the Worker is a very recent addition to the liturgical calendar. Pope Pius XII, who wanted to present a […]

What We Owe to Caesar

Deciding how to balance what we really owe to Caesar with what we owe to God is a perennial issue for a believing Christian.  In the age of Covid and related governmental tomfoolery that question has become, let us say, even more acute.  T

Welcome to Mission Territory

So, yes, by all means, let’s keep fighting the political fight, but given the societal trends (and the Gallup data above is just the latest evidence), we can expect the political arena to become increasingly difficult. Long term we need to work on bringing our country back to Christ.  

In The World, But Not Of It

Politics is a Means, Not an End Last week  I promised (or threatened) to discuss the issue of the relationship between faith and politics more fully (see last week’s post “Religion, Culture, & Politics” ).  Something that really helped lead me to think about this subject more deeply (and, I hope, more clearly) a few years back […]