Kasper is an undergraduate student at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, pursuing a degree in International Politics and Policy. A native of central Iowa he is partial to wide open spaces and rushing winds. When he is not writing for IYC or studying towards his degree, Kasper enjoys running, gardening, reading, meaningful conversations with friends, good tea, and writing for his own personal blog.
For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. ~St. James the Apostle
I fully believe that belief in God is important. However, as St. James the Apostle says, even the demons believe in God. True faith is meant to be so much more than belief. As our belief in God is worked out in His ordained institutions such as the Church and the Family, our faith is matured into what the Catechism calls the fullness of Christian life. I am honored and humbled to be asked to write for the International Youth Coalition and to support the work of C-FAM as they proclaim the value and sanctity of human life, the Church, and the family.
Pope Saint John Paul II was right when he characterized ours as a “culture of death”. Perhaps that may have been a shocking statement to some ears in the middle-nineties. Such a statement is no longer shocking. Instead, the culture of death is openly embraced and promoted. In fact, the culture of death has become […]
Coming away from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women there is one thought which has been most at the forefront of my mind. The thought generally presents itself as a question along the lines of “Is this whole thing about equality or restitution? And, what do you mean by ‘equality’?”. I am […]
Recently, a schoolmate of mine excitedly recommended that I take the time to watch Prime Minister David Cameron’s Easter video. I admit I was skeptical about the content of the video from the beginning. I do not want to assign motive to a situation of which I am largely ignorant, but Cameron’s message raised some […]
I kicked off my attendance of the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) first thing on Monday morning by attending a side event about women’s involvement in creating and implementing environmental policy, sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The high level panel included the Undersecretary of State […]
During the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) every conceivable facet of human existence is examined through the perspective of how women are involved, affected, excluded, needed, and pre-empted (along with a multitude of other verbs). Thus, while midtown Manhattan does not seem like the most obvious place to discuss and […]
[Disclaimer: This blog post does not pretend to be an authoritative or scholarly historical analysis. Rather it is a musing on parallels which may exist between to today and antiquity.] Today is Valentine’s Day. And while there may not be a lot of popular certainty about the precise origin of Saint Valentine’s Day, and even […]
“What the #$%& is happening in France,” a friend asked me in a text message last week as French anti-terrorism police surrounded the town of Crépy-en-Valois and battled a hostage situation at a Kosher market in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. My reply, “Immigration and freedom of the press…” was perhaps a bit too wry, […]
It seems that abortion giant Planned Parenthood is developing a habit of publishing pastoral letters in an attempt to garner support among Christians for abortion. The latest letter is an attempt to prove that abortion is not incongruent with religion. Bearing the title “A Pastoral Letter: About Your Abortion Decision,” and carrying the names of […]
Today was supposed to be the day that Brittany Maynard chose to die. This seems an odd sentence to write. Unfortunately, that statement is not a quote from an Aldous Huxley novel or the latest dystopian film. Instead, it is the only reality deemed plausible by a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. You have […]
Catholics and Christians worldwide would do well to be in prayer for the upcoming Synod on the Family. Pope Francis has convened the synod to address “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” By calling a Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father is showing the importance of addressing the pastoral care […]