Commentary: Self-Discipline Today or Hardship Tomorrow

“Wishful thinking will not fix our nation’s spending and debt problem,” says Dylan Pahman in this week’s Acton Commentary. “The longer we procrastinate, the harder it will be for us to actually do it.” In the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, a collection of wise stories and sayings from the first Christian monks, the following is attributed to one Abba Zeno: “Never lay a foundation on which you might sometime build yourself a cell.” This saying has at least two possible applications: 1) Do not start something you do not intend to see through. Continue Reading...

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Monks Triumph Over Cronyist Morticians

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Tea Party Catholic: A Round-Up

Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, A Free Economy and Human Flourishing, the new book by Acton’s Director of Research Samuel Gregg, has received a review from Fr. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.16.13

Free Speech Can’t Be Redistributed Jonathan S. Toobin, Commentary Stopping wealthy individuals from giving more to parties and candidates won’t keep money out of politics. Redeeming the Time at Work Kristie Eshelman, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics God calls many of us to spend the majority of our waking hours at work. Continue Reading...

Autocam Files Petition with U.S. Supreme Court

The Thomas More Society stated today in a press release that they are working with Catholic Vote Defense League in a fight to seek “constitutional protection of religious freedom.” Specifically, they have filed a cert petition with the Supreme Court for the case, Autocam Vs. Continue Reading...

Rich People Are Big Meanies Who Just Don’t Care, Right?

In a New York Times op-ed, Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author, declared, “Rich People Just Care Less.” How does he know this? Because studies have been done. So there. Rich people lack empathy, don’t listen to people lower on the social ladder than themselves, and …seem to pay particularly little attention to those with the least power. Continue Reading...

When a Church Matches Missions with Entrepreneurship

Pastor Daniel Harrell had a heart for missions, so upon unexpectedly receiving roughly $2 million from a land sale, his Minnesota church was energized to use the funds accordingly. Though they had various debts to pay and building projects to fund, the church was committed to allocating at least 20 percent to service “outside of their walls.” “The sensible way to spend the 20 percent would have been to find a successful service agency and write the check,” Harrell writes, in a recent piece for Christianity Today‘s This Is Our City.* “But I hated that idea. Continue Reading...