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Our Living Standards Are Not a “Given.” They Are a Gift We Owe to Commerce and Production.

It’s an odd fact of the human condition that we take extraordinary things for granted. As soon as a good thing becomes commonplace, we assume that its presence is just the ordinary state of affairs, and we forget to be grateful for it. On the other hand, the loss of a good thing often causes us to appreciate it anew. This may never be more true than when your air conditioner goes out right before summer hits in Texas.

Recently, my central AC unit stopped blowing cold air. Being springtime in Houston, this was a big deal that was going to get bigger very rapidly as summer began to swelter. I did some preliminary tests, and determined that the compressor was dead. I could have replaced the compressor and extended the life of the rest of the unit, but since the whole system was pushing 20 years old I decided it would be a better investment to chuck it all out and start from scratch.

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The Strength of a Free People

It’s not every day that a book is published that holds the potential to revitalize the core of the American spirit, but that seems to be the case with U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw’s new book Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage.

Published in April of 2020, Fortitude makes the case that American civil discourse is deteriorating dangerously into incivility, what Crenshaw calls “outrage culture”. This is a cultural, not a political disease, and we see the antics of outrage culture on both the Left and the Right. What Crenshaw is diagnosing is a symptom of a deeper crisis, one which may aptly be called a crisis of “cultural philosophy,” and he is determined to reinvigorate the traditional American ethos, which is one of self-reliant strength, honor, and steel integrity, all of which are fundamentally at the service of American liberty.

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Why So Many People Don’t Want to Believe in the Resurrection

“Now if Christ be preached, that he arose again from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen again. And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain: and your faith is also vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-14)

 

These words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Church at Corinth get straight to the point. If Christ did not physically rise from the dead, then our religion is vain. He did not have in mind “vanity” in the sense of being excessively proud about one’s appearance, but vanity in the sense of the Preacher of Ecclesiastes: “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”

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WEBINAR – “The Importance of CART Training: A Family Perspective”

Gain a family’s perspective on the importance of Child Abduction Response Team training. David Smither will share his experience of losing his own sister to a serial offender, in a small town that was unprepared to deal with such a catastrophe. Having witnessed first-hand his own community’s lack of preparedness, and subsequently growing up in close proximity to missing children’s cases through his family’s nonprofit, the Laura Recovery Center Foundation, David has a unique perspective on the importance of disaster preparedness. This presentation will combine a high level introduction to CART (and related training resources) with a powerful personal testimony of the impact of the abduction of a child on a family’s life. 

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Living “His” Life: The Other Side of Fear

I was honored to be interviewed for my friend Joe McClane’s feature-length documentary, Living “His” Life: The Other Side of Fear. The documentary is part of a larger project focused on authentic Catholic masculinity, “to bring men together for the journey towards heaven, strengthen families, restore a moral society, and to help bring about healing, forgiveness, and courage in their lives.” The documentary can be viewed for free online here.

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This is How You Can Become a Saint

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” (Luke 5:4)

These words of Our Lord, drawn from the Gospel reading for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, reveal both profound truths about God’s heart — the Sacred Heart — and deeply practical wisdom for our daily life and work.

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The Heartfelt Logic of Mercy: A Prerequisite for Being Christian

“I’m not quite sure how to say this, but I think you’re crazy.” These words were directed to me by a friend I hold in high esteem.

“I respect your right to your own thoughts,” he continued, “but if you ask me, the man’s a serial offender. What he did is unforgivable.”

He was expressing his sincere bafflement at the fact that I have taken upon myself the task of corresponding with and evangelizing the man who murdered my sister more than 20 years ago.

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International Trade Refutes Hobbes’ Theory about the State of Nature

Man in the Jungle

One of the most oft-quoted rationales for the existence of the state is that it ensures peaceful commerce. We are told that without the state acting as “referee” in our commercial lives, there would be an abundance of fraud, contractual defaults, and an atmosphere generally unconducive to a flourishing marketplace.

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“Day of Hope” Interview on 89.3 FM KSBJ

A short radio interview about my journey to forgive the man who murdered my sister, which aired during 89.3 FM KSBJ‘s ‘Day of Hope’.

Related: See this short video promo on You Tube.

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“St. Thomas Aquinas for Beginners” Interview on WLCR AM 1040

Radio interview about my article by the same title. Thanks to Holy Family Radio WLCR AM 1040 for having me on Happy Hour with Mike & Vince!