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In God We Trust Adopted as National Motto

Yesterday we had a post which noted the appearance of In God We Trust on US coinage after the passage of the Coinage Act of 1864.  The phrase became the national motto in 1956 pursuant to a Joint Resolution of Congress which should be celebrated for its brevity as well as for its substance:   […]

PopeWatch: Priestly Joy

Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa has a report on remarks by the Pope to priests last Holy Thursday: For me, there are three significant features of our priestly joy. It is a joy which anoints us (not one which “greases” us, making us unctuous, sumptuous and presumptuous), it is a joy which is imperishable […]

PopeWatch: Turnaround CEO

The Economist has an article that concisely paints Pope Francis as a turn around CEO of a troubled corporation: When Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter as CEO, just after being appointed, the world’s oldest multinational was in crisis. Pentecostal competitors were stealing market share in the emerging world, including in Latin America, where Francis […]

April 22, 1864: Coinage Act of 1864 and In God We Trust

  The Coinage Act of 1864 was passed one hundred and fifty years ago today.  Among other provisions it granted to the Secretary of the Treasury a two cent coin.  On this coin first appeared the motto In God We Trust.  Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury had been looking for an opportunity to […]

Thomas S. Vander Woude: A Name That Deserves to Be Remembered

  Thomas S. Vander Woude who died in 2008 is part of my personal pantheon of heroes:   Thomas S. Vander Woude, 66, died last week while helping his son Joseph, who has Down syndrome, after he fell into a septic tank while working in the yard, police said. The tank was eight to 10 […]

Sagebrush Rebellion II

A perennial issue in the West is the amount of land owned by the federal government and the Clive Bundy confrontation has brought it to the fore:   There’s a modern tea party political element to it, but it goes much farther back to when many western territories achieved statehood in the 19th century, working […]

PopeWatch: Easter Message

The Easter Message of Pope Francis:     Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s  message to the women: “Do not be afraid!  I know that you are looking  for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised…  Come, see […]

He is Risen!

  Science Fiction writer Theodore Beale (Vox Day), at his blog Vox Popoli, gets to the heart of the matter today when it comes to Easter: Those who are Aristotelian devotees of reality stand by the Lesser Truth that A is A, and that A is never Not-A. But the Lesser Truth descends from, and […]

Saint Augustine on the Resurrection

Continuing on with our Lenten series in which Saint Augustine is our guide, go here  , here  ,here  , here, here , here  , here and here to read the first eight posts in the series, we come to the conclusion with the eternal glory of Easter. In this Vale of Tears we lead lives afflicted by sin and always in the shadow of death.  Christ came […]

April 2, 1983: Reagan on Passover and Easter

My fellow Americans: This week as American families draw together in worship, we join with millions upon millions of others around the world also celebrating the traditions of their faiths. During these days, at least, regardless of nationality, religion, or race, we are united by faith in God, and the barriers between us seem less […]

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