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October 10, 2014
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By now you’ve probably heard of the tragic story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who has an inoperable and terminal brain tumor. While Maynard’s age makes her condition unusual, what has really brought her story attention is her decision to end her life.

According to CNN.com:

After several surgeries, doctors said in April that her brain...

October 8, 2014
Antique rosary found in Verdun, France

A few months ago, a friend of mine returned from a vacation to Europe with a souvenir for me. She had been browsing in an antique shop in Verdun, France, and found a rosary that dated to about 1902–1910. Not long after the rosary was made, the Battle of Verdun raged during World War I.

Near where the antique shop is situated today stands...

October 6, 2014

An interesting article was posted yesterday on The Daily Beast by historians Candida Moss and Joel Baden. In it, they take down an argument by author Michael Paulkovich from his recently published book, ...

October 4, 2014

The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us the most important reasons why we must baptize infants:

Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant baptism. The Church and the...

October 1, 2014

"Imagine evenings sitting on the back porch, watching the sunset," I told my wife, gesturing grandly. "The cows are grazing; the grass is lush; the air is fresh and clean. And best of all," I said, "no neighbors within hundreds of yards."

For years, Katie and I had been thinking about farming. We were attracted by the bucolic images and stories we had read of others who lived on farms, but also by the long history of Catholic agrarianism. Because most Catholics for most of history...