Theological Musings

A Prayer for Our Nation

As we approach the Fourth of July, one of the most significant holidays in the United States, the Citizen would like to share a prayer I  composed for a lecture on Citizenship last Fall. I decided that this was an appropriate moment to share this prayer with you all. Lord, in your Infinite Wisdom, you…

Where Archbishop Wenski went wrong….

In the National Catholic Register, Archbishop Thomas Wenski rendered an opinion on illegal immigration entitled ‘Why We Defend Migrants’. The bishop engaged in the typical twisted logic employed by the supporters of universal amnesty, adding a dash of heavy-handed moralizing to his argument. What Bishop Wenski fails – or refuses – to recognize is this…

Judge Not and Ye SHALL be Judged….

The Citizen is undergoing yet another round of ‘stop being judgmental’ and ‘judge not’ remarks from the liberals of his acquaintance. While this charge is annoying when it comes from the secular lib, it is appalling when it comes from those who presume to be learned in theology and practicing members of one Christian denomination…

Which Thorn?

During Mass on Holy Thursday, the Citizen remembered one of his earliest theological musings. Looking up at the crucified Christ while listening to the Gospel reading of His scourging, my attention was drawn to the crown of thorns. “If Christ suffered for all of our sins,” I reasoned, “and I was born with original sin,…

Charity and Tolerance

Charity is a Christian virtue. The Gospel is full of examples of the charity that Christ showed those considered to be ‘unclean’ or ‘outcasts’. This is not to say that he was tolerant of their behavior. Christ, through His works and sermons, demonstrated an emphasis on redemption. Redemption is different from tolerance. Tolerance implies that…

On Prodigal Sons

In Luke 15, Christ shares two parables. One of them – the Prodigal Son – is the lesson that had me thinking today. For those not familiar with the story, a young man demands his inheritance. His father gives him his portion, and the young man leaves and squanders the money on wild living. When…

John 15 – A Message of Hope

It would be so easy to lay down the burdens that Christians face. To be honest, how many of us were truly, personally effected by the Obama commencement appearance at Notre Dame? In my letters to editors, essays, and discussions I was asked this question often – “Did you even go to Notre Dame?” No,…

Catholic ‘Tough Love’ is NOT Hate…

The Citizen takes heat on a regular basis from those who call me ‘narrow-minded’, ‘ignorant’, ‘hateful’, ‘mean’… my favorite is ‘unChristian’.  Why? If you have read some of my posts or heard me speak, you know that I am critical of people – especially Catholics – who are not acting in a manner that is…