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Short Squeezes and The Ethics of Reddit

Reddit Traders are engaged in class warfare—and a particularly impressive display of it. Here’s what happened in brief: a hedge fund shorted a stock, the Redditears pushed up that stock, the hedge fund lost billions of dollars. And here’s what that means: When you short a stock, you borrow a stock without paying for it. Then you sell what you...

Loyalty and Localism

For all of the oddities of hipsterdom, they get at least one thing right: buying local. Corporations care more about their ROI than the quality of the goods produced; they care more about their profit than their product. Part of the return to a true, profound Christian polity is a return to caring less about what company will yield the...

The 2020 Catholic Gentleman Gift List

It's that time of year again: time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the Catholic gentlemen in your life. Here are 10 gift ideas sure to delight any Catholic Man. 1. The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today What it means to be a man or a woman is questioned today like never before. While traditional gender roles have...

A Simple Lent: 5 Ways to Focus on What’s Important

Life is complex. As a husband and father, blogger, podcaster, full-time employee, and full-time graduate student, it often seems like the responsibilities I face continue to multiply endlessly, while the time allotted to accomplish them does not. No sooner do I make progress in one area of life, than another domain for which I am responsible seems to spin out...

The 2019 Catholic Gentleman Christmas Gift List

It's that time of year again: time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the Catholic gentlemen in your life. Here are 10 gift ideas sure to delight any Catholic Man. 1. The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today What it means to be a man or a woman is questioned today like never before. While traditional gender roles have...

Be Not Afraid: 5 Ways to Have Hope in Dark Times

Among Catholics who love our Lord Jesus, there is a great deal of interior suffering and perplexity of late. The reason is no mystery. The forces of evil have been unleashed on the world, and the the spirit of wickedness, the spirit of anti-Christ, grows ever stronger, like the thick, black clouds of a threatening storm devouring the horizon. Worse...

Our Lady of Victory: What the Rosary Can Do For Us Today

One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.St. Dominic On a pleasant afternoon in the spring of 2008, I was praying in my room in New York. It had been less than a full year since I was baptized as a Christian. It would be another four years until my confirmation in the Catholic...

Be Proud of Your Faith: You Never Know Who it Will Save

On a cloudy January day in 2007 a young man was walking along the Hudson River in New York. “Is this what life is?” he kept asking himself. Across from St. Patrick's Cathedral, Frank Oscar Larson  The city he had moved to, that magical place where he thought he might “find himself,” could be so draining. The young man was...

Mercy and the Heart of Marriage

This article is a chapter I contributed to the book, Spirit and Life. What is marriage? The answer is clearly articulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation...

Of Storms and Divine Grace

Spring in Oklahoma means storms---often violent, terrifying storms. Tornadoes, too, are not uncommmon this time of year, though, while some have struck only a few miles away, we have yet to experience one, thanks be to God. Such storms are frightening because of their intensity and potential for destruction, but also because of the sheer helplessness one feels in the...