Dickens on Life, Death, and Christmas

A literary critic whose name I do not now recall observed that Charles Dickens’s greatness as an author lies in the fact that he could put death into a Christmas story . . . and get away with it. Who, after all, is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come but the Grim Reaper? Only the...
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Making Abortion “Great” Again

Stand up, raise your chin, clear your throat and your thoughts, and decide on the right time and place to make your point
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HOT TOPIC: A Bold Pro-Life Move for a Democrat (NR The Corner)

www.nationalreview.com/corner/a-bold-pro-life-move-for-a-democrat/ Last week, Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard introduced not one but two substantial pieces of pro-life legislation. One measure from the Democratic congresswoman is intended “to protect pain-capable unborn...
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The Forgotten Go-Between

  A wedding is supposed to be a happy—almost deliriously happy—affair. Two people in love pledging to honor and cherish one another until death parts them. It is heady stuff, standing before God and man to make a promise that will profoundly affect the rest of one’s earthly...
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HOT TOPIC: THE COVID VACCINE AND THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT (First Things)

www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/12/the-covid-vaccine-and-the-pro-life-movement I am firmly opposed to abortion and deeply committed to protecting the inherent and equal dignity of every human being from conception to natural death. But I do not believe that it is morally...
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Covid’s List

How do we count the dead? One by one. Parading statistics down a path of false horror can only end in a competition of fools. Who can cite the biggest statistic of American deaths: 225,000; 250,000; 283,000? The World Health Organization counts over 1.5 million people worldwide. ...
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A Patina of Prayer

After a meeting of local clergy leaders hosted by our parish (on the lawn, due to Covid restrictions), one of the pastors mentioned that he had never been inside our church. Knowing that most clergy enjoy snooping around places of worship, I offered him a brief tour of our...
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The Not-Senescent Socialist-in-Waiting

  On Saturday November 7 the nation’s mainstream media, not known for its impartiality, took it upon itself to declare victory for the Biden-Harris ticket. (Or is it the Harris-Biden ticket?)  In New York City, home to countless young people, hoots and hollers resounded in...
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Are We Still One Nation Under God?

  After visiting the United States, G. K. Chesterton asked himself the question, “What makes America peculiar?” He answered it with accustomed perspicacity: “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth in the Declaration of...
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Dreams in a Pandemic

  I am the proud owner of a coffee mug that displays wisely worded encouragement from Thoreau: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. I got it at a high-end “Second Time Around” sale at a well-heeled Episcopal Church in New York City—for...
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