Chris Vaughan Testimonial

The TOBET couples who lead the daylong Pre-Cana really know how to reach the average engaged couple. The TOBET4ENGAGED book, power point, and accompanying facilitator’s guide set a firm foundation in understanding the truth of marriage, so needed nowadays. I highly...
Christmas… it’s about a body

Christmas… it’s about a body

Like every other Christian, I’ve been on a quest for years, for the perfect spiritual Christmas. It’s an admirable search, but Christmas is not solely a spiritual event. It’s about a body. God was already “with us” in Old Testament times, before the birth of Jesus....
Strap In and Hold On

Strap In and Hold On

This week will bring change, of the sort none of us can comfortably predict.  Whatever happens on Tuesday, our nation will reap what has been sown. The genie is out of the bottle, Pandora can’t stuff it all back down in the box. We’ve sown a disregard for authority;...
Cherished, Not Used

Cherished, Not Used

“Like many young women, I wanted more than anything to attract men.  I tried to fill the space inside of me with flirtations and flings and, truth be told, <sex>. I felt sure that if I persuaded a man to love me, I would feel complete, worthy.  Of course, like...
World Youth Day – A Primer

World Youth Day – A Primer

The biggest event in the world this week isn’t occurring in Philadelphia, or anywhere else in politics-torn America. Nope, the biggest event is the 2.5 million young people who have traveled from all over the world to Kraków, Poland this week for the 31st year...
Cling to the Rock

Cling to the Rock

There’s a brittle quality about us these days.  We’ve had to submit to one outrage after another, week after numbing week and the intervals between gut-wrenching ordeals are getting shorter.  The life-and-death, decency-shredding circumstances that we face don’t...
Joy.  It’s Not Optional.

Joy. It’s Not Optional.

“Hello, friends. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular?” OK, so maybe the answer to all your problems is not in that little bottle.  But I think a lot of us really are tired, run-down and listless.  Or angry, stressed and...
Is Your Anthropology Adequate?

Is Your Anthropology Adequate?

I remember a time when people would have reacted with human concern over a little boy falling into a wild animal enclosure at the zoo. We would have asked things like, “Is he going to survive? What kind of injuries did he have, and what medical expenses are involved? ...
Modesty and Freedom

Modesty and Freedom

Ideologues in our culture drive public discussion like they own the car. So just on principle, I refuse to write about the current turmoil-du-jour, The Bathroom Wars.  Instead I choose the topic of modesty. modesty, adj. A humble estimate of one’s own merits...