What Ever Happened to Reason?

Photo by: Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America, used under creative commons license.

Civility in public discourse seems to be dead. When is the last time two candidates had a serious debate, a genuine exchange of ideas rather than accusations and zingers? Candidates seem to no longer champion ideas but rather simply represent ideologies. This is also a major challenge of the New Evangelization.

My Prayer for Women During This Year of Faith


When Dr. Tom Neal asked me to write a guest post for the Year of Faith blog, he gave me two instructions: 1) the post must center around women and faith, and 2) it be under 500 words. Seriously? I get one shot on a topic I am most passionate about and am only alloted 500 words? […]

The Smoke of Satan in Steubenville

Steubenville Logo

City Council agrees to remove image of chapel from new logo. UPDATE: August 3, 2012 – According to Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison, the mayor, City Council, and administration are reviewing all options regarding the city logo. At this point, no lawsuit has been filed against the City of Steubenville. Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance […]

Indivisible: Jay Richards on Law, Liberty, and Freedom

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before it's too Late

See giveaway details to win a free copy of Indivisible! On the heels of the Fortnight for Freedom, we’re using Independence Day to kick off a new series based upon the New York Times best-seller Indivisible by Dr. Jay Richards and James Robison. Quite simply, this is the right book at the right time. In […]

Fortnight for Freedom in Des Moines

Independence Celebration - Des Moines Diocese

On Sunday we beat the nearly 100-degree heat with 2,500 other faithful Catholics in our diocese to make a statement about religious freedom, our first and most cherished liberty. Sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines, the event was coined the Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic and was planned in conjunction with nationwide Fortnight for Freedom efforts. The […]

President Obama: Let Us Be Catholic

“With all the problems in this world, with the economy, with terrorism, with our country being sold to China, with Iran possibly becoming a nuclear power, with all these things, why is [the Obama administration] so obsessed on reproductive services? When did reproductive services become the national cry of our nation? When did it become […]

Emilio’s Way


Emilio Estevez cites family, spirituality, and pro-life values as motivators.  Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Emilio Estevez? Brat Pack? The Breakfast Club, Young Guns, or The Mighty Ducks? How about Martin Sheen, acting family, or Hollywood royalty? Think unconventional. Consider that from his very beginning in […]

Out of the Mouths of Babes: In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week

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January 29 –  February 3 is Catholic Schools Week This is one week each year that students, staff, and parents celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Make no mistake; it is a gift. I spend my days as a first grade teacher at a Catholic school in Des Moines, Iowa. My first graders are […]