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Overcoming our Modern Snobbishness

“Somebody who reads only newspapers and at best the books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely nearsighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts…

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Material beings vs spiritual beings

Material beings are moved from without, like billiard balls; but spiritual beings are moved from within. The first cause of a specifically human act is always internal, not external. By “a specifically human act” I mean one like asking a question, creating a work of art, making a moral choice, affirming another person, or appreciating the beauty of nature —…

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A tale of two babies

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replies, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?” “I…

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For when the thrill is gone

People get from books the idea that if you have married the right person you may expect to go on ‘being in love’ forever. As a result, when they find they are not, they think this proves they have made a mistake and are entitled to a change — not realizing that, when they have changed, the glamour will presently…

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Unimpressed by miracles

Children are much more grounded than adults. They are seeing everything for the first time, so they’ve yet to grow aloof to the wonders of reality. When an elephant emerges from the jungle, a child will leap in excitement as if they had seen a three-headed unicorn…as it just as well should have been a three-headed unicorn. Children live in…

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A Different Kind of Life

This is a short excerpt from a book I recently contributed to called Special Children, Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for fathers of children with special needs. My wife is usually the one sharing about our amazing daughter Kate, but I was honored to take a turn this time for this special book. Randy Hain put it together, Archbishop Chaput wrote the…

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This is what it feels like

Moms and dads often struggle with their roles as parents. Will I ever be good enough? Am I up to the challenge? How can I possibly withstand the immeasurable weight that is the blind confidence of an innocent, little child? We see other mothers and fathers, perhaps our own, and wonder how we’ll ever be that good at it. How…

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On to Something Big

Have you ever gotten an answer to a question that just led to more questions? And then you got answers to those questions only to have yet more questions? That can be terribly frustrating. And it can end up causing you to feel like maybe it’s impossible to know much of anything for sure. Or that it’s not worth trying…

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