We are Set Free by the Power of His Cross and Resurrection…

Everything must be examined from this [utilitarian] point of view and used or rejected according to its utility. (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf) During my recent mission to Poland, I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau. As I walked through the entrance onto the grounds of both camps, there was a noticeable heaviness within . . . Read more

By Their Fruits (and Their Names) You Shall Know Them

Sometimes a name really is revealing. The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, is one organization whose name says a great deal about its true concern. It was, well, born during the overpopulation panic codified in the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population Bomb” in the late 1960s, but before the widespread abuses of population . . . Read more

Repeating the Errors of the Past

I want to first thank the whole HLI family for your prayers! I arrived in Gdansk, Poland last night after departing Bucharest. Before I get to some thoughts from this mission, I wanted to discuss something that is in the news —something that our friends here who survived Communism recognize and find alarming coming from . . . Read more

The Annunciation and the Peace of Christ

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Today is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a celebration of the Woman whose fiat was used to God to change the world. It is at the same time . . . Read more

Don’t Give in to Confusion, Make the Most of Lent

What an incredible gift is the penitential season of Lent. By embracing the small and not so small sufferings we endure we unite ourselves with Christ in His Passion. We have the strength to do so because we know that Our Lord will not abandon His faithful. We know that He can transform any suffering . . . Read more

Trafficking and Exploitation of Women and Girls: Rescue, Recovery and Prevention

In conjunction with the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, the Group of Friends of the Family and the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking, together with civil society, is hosting a high-level event on the theme of protecting and empowering women and girls and the irreplaceable role of the family in helping girls . . . Read more

The Source of Human Dignity and Rights

Normally when we Americans go to the Caribbean in February, it is to escape during the second or third month of brutal cold and relax in the sun. Having just returned with Dr. Brian Clowes from a mission to St. Lucia, I can indeed affirm that the island nation is as lovely as you’ve heard, . . . Read more

When the Church Ignores Dissent…

I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple minded. (Romans . . . Read more

The Politics of Educating Catholic Children

The recent hearings and confirmation of Betsy DeVos brought the debate about choice in education to the fore.  While we don’t often get involved in such debates at HLI, we do consistently advocate for religious freedom and against the corrupt sex miseducation that is now regularly foisted on children in public schools, and sadly, sometimes . . . Read more