By Msgr. Charles Pope - Extremism – Recent attempts to completely ban any religious expression, any spoken appreciation for religion, or any encouragement of its practice, would surely seem extreme to these men—extreme and far removed from the embrace our country has historically extended to faith.
By Jennifer Hartline, The Stream - I can’t help but be astonished at the short-sightedness, the foolishness, the sheer upside-downness of an argument that says, “Since it may upset the fatherless, we cannot celebrate fatherhood. We cannot celebrate the unique importance of fathers in a daughter’s life.”
By Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction - Return to me with all your heart [Joel 2:12] and show a spirit of repentance with fasting, weeping and mourning [Joel 2:12]; so that while you fast now, later you may be satisfied, while you weep now, later you may laugh, while you mourn now, you may some day enjoy consolation [cf Luke 6:21; Matthew 5:4].
By John Horvat, II, The Stream - The modern mantra is that all students need to attend university. Thus, young people continue to enter colleges in droves. As a result, they pile up massive amounts of debt, which they owe mainly to the federal government. Such student debt now stands at an astounding $1.4 trillion and growing.... Legislators do students no favors by shielding them from misfortune that is part of life. College students should not be put into a system that treats them like children.