David Michael Phelps

Posts by David Michael Phelps

Today’s Snippet of Wisdom

There is no ordering of the state so just that it can eliminate the need for a service of love. Whoever wants to eliminate love is preparing to eliminate man as such. Continue Reading...

St. Hugo of Rhetorica

“And I say, Go into all the world, preaching the absence of private property…” Sorry, gang, I just can’t seem to get away from Hugo Chavez. I must be drawn to idiocy. Continue Reading...

Red Rising: High Marx for Venezuela

Where have I seen that salute before? A new possible episode for my proposed sitcom: Chavez continues his power grasp in Latin America. My favorite quote: “We are in an existential moment of Venezuelan life … We’re heading toward socialism, and nothing and no-one can prevent it.” Stay tuned, gang. Continue Reading...

Merry Christmas(*)

Does St. Nick have insurance? I have just returned from a week of holiday rest, and began tackling my 250 lb. email inbox. Flipping through a number of Christmas greetings and Fruitcake (Xmas spam), I came across a quick message from a dear friend, an email of the sort where the message is in the subject line, and the text is left empty (save for common signatures or disclaimers). Continue Reading...

Today’s Word from Solzhenitsyn

From the new Solzhenitsyn Reader, which I highly recommend (especially if you are behind on your Christmas shopping): Human society cannot be exempted from the laws and demands which constitute the aim and meaning of individual human lives. Continue Reading...

Power

Zenit published the following this weekend, a commentary by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa on this Sunday’s liturgical readings (Isaiah 53:2a.,3a.,10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45). Well worth the read. After the Gospel on riches, this Sunday’s Gospel gives us Christ’s judgment on another of the great idols of the world: power. Continue Reading...

Political Season

Talk about separation of Church and State. Ah, Autumn in an even year. The crisp smell of approaching winter, the exploding color on the trees, and the sound of the desperate mad dash for votes. Continue Reading...

Social Issues, B16, and our Fundamental Task

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Canadian Bishops who were making their ad limina visit. A worthwhile read, especially concerning the strong language His Holiness uses to condemn the symptoms of crumbling Western culture. Continue Reading...

Cartoon Capitalism: A Primer

The Acton Institute was not making animated films in 1948, but if we were, this might have been what we came up with. Though it starts out a bit slow, keep with it; it’s actually a pretty coherent defense of the free market. Continue Reading...