Category: Living

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, 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 …

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 …

Faith, Living

I could listen to this for hours: Veni Creator Spiritus

I love listening to Gregorian Chant. It’s all beautiful. But one chant, for me, stands above the rest. I think you’ll enjoy it, so I’m embedding it right here. Veni Creator Spiritus by Schola Sancte Scholasticae and St. Cecilia’s Abbey, UK I hope you enjoy this lovely, calming music as much as I do. If you …

2018 Primary Election, Faith, Living

Don’t Fast on Sundays

Many years ago, a company hired a new president. After several months on the job, this new president learned that most of his employees couldn’t pick him out of a line-up. He spent so much time in his office or in meetings or traveling that he rarely met with the people who reported to him. …

Living

All Politicians Treat Constitutents Well

Some people complain about politicians not representing their constituents well.  I disagree.  From what I’ve seen in my life, all politicians do a great job of representing their constituents. They really do. If I’m right about politicians being 100% true to their constituents, then why are so many voters so unhappy with the people they …

Living, Political Psychology

Declare Independence from Social Media. Do This Instead

The American Revolution started in a tavern. Actually, it started in many taverns. But taverns they were. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis hatched their greatest novels in The Eagle and Child tavern in Oxford. If you want to be as great as the founding fathers or as prolific as Tolkien and Lewis, get off social …