By Jonathan V. Last, Catholic Education Resource Center - For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country's brutal one-child policy. Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a fertility rate of 1.54. Here in America, white, college-educated women — a good proxy for the middle class — have a fertility rate of 1.6.
By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents - Do you know the story of Squanto? It could be seen as a prime example of a life filled with one tragedy after another. But in this special Thanksgiving video, Fr. Mike Schmitz offers a different perspective by showing how blessings can be found in even the most dismal situations. By realizing this truth in our own lives, we may learn to find God in the most unlikely places.
Brandon Vogt, CERC - But why Catholic? I wrote this book to answer that question... I'm not part of the 50 percent of millennials who left the Church. I'm not one of the 6.45 who continually stream out the back door. I'm the one who joined. I'm the one who deliberately chose Catholicism, who carefully studied and wrestled with its claims, who prayed, read, thought, and discussed and came out the other end a Catholic.
By Tom Gilson, The Stream - America has moved beyond Christianity, beyond post-Christianity, to a new religion of small gods everywhere. How did we get to this point?... They called it “relativism.” It could as easily have been called the self’s assuming powers never known before. Individuals claimed the power to determine truth for themselves, regardless of what reality, tradition, religion or God Himself might say. They decided what would be true in their own worlds — again, a very god-like move to make.