Faith, Living

The Power of Praise

I need to practice something. I need to practice being more generous with compliments and praise of others. Yesterday, a colleague asked if she could speak to me. I naturally thought I had done something wrong. When she began by saying, “you know, I always speak my mind,” I thought, “oh, no. Here it comes.” …

Faith, Living

How I Deal With the Pope’s Teaching on the Death Penalty

Last week, Pope Francis approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Longtime readers might recall that my views on the death penalty are a bit nuanced. But I didn’t always have the courage to express it. In 2014, I wrote: I don’t buy the idea that the death penalty is no deterrent. …

Faith

Follow-up to Yesterday’s Post

Not all television is bad. Yesterday, I wrote about a dark and unpleasant future. [Read “What Should We Do Next?“] I wrote about the possibility of rapid social decay into civil war or oppression of Christians, Jews, and political conservatives. Essentially, the downfall of Western Civilization. Some people would expect me to recommend that we …

Faith

What Should We Do Next?

God laughs at man’s plans. That’s because God has already given us the only plan we need. A plan to get through this life worthy of the next. And that is enough. Lawrence of Rome Followed the Plan Today is the feast day of Saint Lawrence of Rome. Lawrence is the patron saint of, among …

Faith, Living

Crawling Back to Happiness and Freedom

Happiness Did you know that the word “happiness” means “blessed?” Neither did I. But when I heard this on EWTN Radio the other day, I remembered there are two translations of the Beatitudes. One version goes with “Blessed are . . .” and the other with “Happy are . . . .” So, I guess …

2018 Missouri Primary

Dottie Bailey Won

Dottie Bailey defeated Rockwood School Board President Matt Doell in the Republican primary for Missouri House District 110. Dottie now faces Democrat Cody Kelley in November. Dottie is a phenomenal campaigner. She knocked on over 4,000 doors between April and August. Her efforts resulted in an enormous 19 percentage-point win despite being outspent by her …

Living

How I’m Voting August 7

People ask me how I plan to vote on August 7. Here you go: U.S. Senator – Republican Party Primary → Austin Petersen U.S. Representative, District 2 – Republican Party Primary → Noga Sachs State Auditor – Republican Party Primary→ Paul Curtman Missouri Proposition A→ Yes State Representative, District 110 – Republican Party Primary→ Dottie Bailey …

2018 Primary Election, Faith

Primary Fast: Day 14

You made it.  If you began the Fast with me, today is the last day of skipping breakfast and lunch. (Unless you decide to make one-meal-a-day a permanent habit.) What Fasting Can Do Here’s what happened to you during the fast (if you followed the prescription): You probably lost about five pounds. Your pants feel …