John Grondelski

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Love Lessons from the Most Holy Trinity

If I had a dollar for every priest likely to launch his Trinity Sunday sermon with, “This is a mystery,” I would be a rich man. The Blessed Trinity is a mystery, but that does not mean it lacks significance for us. But I think it was the German...

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Why the Holy Spirit is Called ‘Lord and Giver of Life’

If I were a betting man, I’d wager that the trope you most likely heard last Sunday was some variant of “Happy birthday!” Then you were probably told that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. In some sense, that’s true: the Apostles who...

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4 Lessons from Our Lord’s ‘Au Revoir’

“You are here to say goodbye to us, and we don’t have a good word for it in English. The best is ‘au revoir’ – we’ll see you again.” —Richard M. Nixon, Farewell to White House Staff, Aug. 9, 1974   Parting with someone is hard. There are...

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How to Resist the Lure of ‘Greedy Work’

“Greedy work” is a term used by Kay Hymowitz, a contributing editor at the Institute for Family Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She attributes it to Claire Cain Miller, who described...

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Why You Should Be Religious, Not Spiritual

Anybody studying contemporary American religious behavior notes the rise of a cohort that defines itself as “spiritual-but-not-religious.” This phenomenon seems especially pronounced among the young. “Spirituality” is all the rage. I’ve always...

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Children Should Be Begotten in Marriage, Not Made in a Lab

Peter Zhu was a West Point cadet who died last February from massive injuries sustained in a skiing accident that left him with a fractured spinal cord and oxygen deprivation to the brain. Maintained on a ventilator — not unusual when organs are...

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Mommy Has Two Hearts

Heather, who has “two mommies,” came home from school the other day, seeming a bit confused. The little girl, who likes to think, sat up in her room for a while before coming downstairs to talk to one of her “mommies,” who was preparing for...

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The Work Respect Gap

Oren Cass’s new book, The Once and Future Worker, seeks to recapture the centrality of work (and, by extension, the worker) in social and economic policy. I’ve suggested Catholics should be interested in his analysis, because that perspective...

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A Powerful Light on the Dark Industry of Abortion

 I saw “Unplanned” recently. Even now, more than a month since its release, it’s still running in some theaters nationwide. If you haven’t seen it, go. If you have seen it, go again — if only to resist the media blackout of this film. My...

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The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker: On the Priority of Labor

May 1 is the Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. It coincides in many parts of the world with May as “International Labor Day,” a communist-inspired observance, given that communism purported to be the advocate of the worker. Work is an...