Spirit & Life Blog

The Spread of Classical Education and Why It Matters

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / August 7, 2023 /
The Spread of Classical Education and Why It Matters

“The human being is a creature with a built-in desire for God, even though this desire often goes by other names such as the desire for beauty or the pursuit of happiness, and is often not articulated or recognized at all… Human culture is best and most fundamentally understood as an expression of that desire.” – Michael…

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Social Impact of Over-the-Counter “Opill”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 31, 2023 /
Opill: spilling bottle of pills

“Most abortions are the result of unwanted pregnancies, most unwanted pregnancies are the result of sexual relationships outside of marriage, and most sexual relationships outside of marriage are facilitated by the availability of contraception. To turn this ‘progression’ around: contraception leads to more extra-marital sexual intercourse, more extra-marital sexual intercourse leads to more unwanted pregnancies;…

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Hidden Dangers of Pornography

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 24, 2023 /
Hidden Dangers of Pornography

There’s an old saying that goes, “You are what you eat.” The idea is simple: what you put into your body through your mouth is what becomes your body. A body fed on fast-food and potato chips is a body that, unsurprisingly, is one that will show signs of obesity and clogged arteries. As true…

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“Sound of Freedom” Exposing the Violence of Human Trafficking

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 17, 2023 /
Violence of Human Trafficking: Is abortion okay after rape or incest?

“Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke?” ― Isaiah 58:6 You might have heard something in the news about a new movie featuring Passion of the Christ actor Jim Caviezel. Sound of Freedom, released in…

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Marriage vs. Porn: Battle for the Soul of our Culture

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 10, 2023 /
marriage vs porn

“…[a]t a moment in history in which the family is the object of numerous forces that seek to destroy it, or in some way to deform it, and aware that the well-being of society and her good are intimately tied to the good of the family, the Church perceives in a more urgent and compelling…

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Graphic “Pride” Parades Attacking the Innocence of Children

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 3, 2023 /
Graphic Pride Parades Attacking the Innocence of Children

*Some of the topics discussed involve explicit material that may not be suitable for younger readers* As we approach the end of June, which unfortunately has become known as “Pride Month” in much of the world, footage is beginning to emerge from so-called “Pride Parades.” In New York City, crowds of nude adults rode bicycles…

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Standing Against Transgender Ideology: Defending Human Dignity

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 26, 2023 /
Standing Against Transgender Ideology

“Man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.” ― Pope Francis, Laudato Si Something extremely interesting is happening with regard to gender ideology right now. In the United States, we are seeing several states passing bans on such things as puberty blockers or body-mutilating surgery for children.…

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Enough is Enough: Rejecting the ‘Pride’ Agenda

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 19, 2023 /
Enough is Enough: Rejecting the ‘Pride’ Agenda

“In view of the close links between the sexual dimension of the person and his or her ethical values, education must bring the children to a knowledge of and respect for the moral norms as the necessary and highly valuable guarantee for responsible personal growth in human sexuality. For this reason, the Church is firmly…

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Reclaiming Fatherhood: A Father’s Irreplaceable Role

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 12, 2023 /
Reclaiming Fatherhood

 “Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the…

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One Year Post-Dobbs: How Far Have We Come?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 5, 2023 /
One Year Post-Dobbs: How Far Have We Come?

“This situation, with its lights and shadows, ought to make us all fully aware that we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’. We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we…

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