The Road You're On

“I was introduced to dog meat,” President Obama recalls in his memoir, Dreams from My Father, recounting his experiences as a young child in Indonesia under the tutelage of his Islamic stepfather, whose “knowledge of the world seemed inexhaustible.” Obama’s stepfather fed the boy dog meat and other delicacies (snake, grasshopper) and promised to “bring…

At the Easter Vigil this year, the Catholic Church received me into full communion.  Along the road to this night, Monsignor Peter Vaghi, pastor of the Church of the Little Flower, met with me over many months to teach me the Catholic faith.  As a resource, we read four books he wrote about the pillars…

Each night before my children drift off to sleep, I pray with them.  We voice a familiar prayer: Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake; I pray the Lord my soul to take. Some may question this choice for my…

Liz Cheney shared three things she learned from her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, while she co-wrote his book, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. First: Press forward. Liz shared how her father endured five heart attacks without complaining.  He just continued to press forward and do what was necessary. Second: Always…

“We don’t want to keep running from place to place to place looking for the best tree to sleep under with our kids,” a Sudanese refugee said to Congressman Frank Wolf during his recent trip to the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. On behalf of the persecuted, Wolf has exposed oppressive governments and horrifying conditions…

Do you sometimes feel paralyzed by too many pressing demands?  Do the world’s tragedies sometimes overwhelm you with news of famines, floods, and despotism? Elisa Morgan, former CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers, recently addressed these questions.  As the leader of a young mothers group, she understands the frustration of having seemingly infinite demands that overwhelm…

This week, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day and continue to mourn Whitney Houston’s death. She starred in The Preacher’s Wife, a forgettable movie with an unforgettable soundtrack including the song, “I Believe in You and Me,” describing a superlative, eternal love. These aspirations seldom bear out, particularly among celebrities, for whom love is often more…

Regretful bride Kim Kardashian recently tweeted: “I want to start a Bible study group with my friends.”   Here are five reasons to study the Bible: Anyone can benefit from reading the Bible, which is full of the epic stories of good versus evil.  Just as reading good literature engages our mind, studying the Bible can…

The beautiful teenage track star readies herself for the championship race. This contest will determine whether Holland Reynolds’s high school cross country team will win an eighth state championship. Next to her, coach Jim Tracy displays a pensive look. He hobbles slightly as he gives his final words of advice. Tracy has recently received a…

Every day, headlines remind us how pain can wreak personal havoc. “Every person in here knows personal pain,” as Newt Gingrich memorably said to CNN’s John King during the South Carolina debates.  “Every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things.” Facing pain is part of the human condition.  Here…

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