Helen Weir column
Helen Weir is a teacher and freelance writer currently (like Snoopy's brother, Spike) enjoying the company of the cacti of the American southwest. She belongs to the Militia Immaculatae movement of Total Marian Consecration founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Hero of Auschwitz.


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Nine)
Helen Weir
September 19, 2017

"But when is it going to be our turn?" I nudged Ned, who could do no more than shrug in reply. The eagerly anticipated Question-and-Answer Period at the shiny . . .


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Eight)
Helen Weir
August 28, 2017

I spent a while grappling with the possibility that there was no earthquake engulfing the city; no door hitting me repeatedly for reasons which couldn't be . . .


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Seven)
Helen Weir
July 16, 2017

At this stage, at least one thing has become abundantly clear: to keep recapping the Talk all but verbatim like this would be far too tedious, for both of us.  . . .


With apologies to Jack alone
Helen Weir
July 1, 2017

"Because, while Amoris Laetitia chinked the armor only for the thinnest of lances, that lance was long enough to thrust through the vital chambers of the Church . . .


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Five)
Helen Weir
June 23, 2017

Basking in the raucous applause he had aroused, the Speaker decided to add a little visual flourish to his point about "living forevermore in the light shed by . . .


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Four)
Helen Weir
June 18, 2017

"In that lonely moment when I found myself abandoned for the second time by Richard," the Speaker mournfully continued, "I can say in all humility that a . . .


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Three)
Helen Weir
April 20, 2017

I couldn't get a good look at the celebrity we had all come to hear while his bona fides were being enumerated for our edification; standing off to one side and . . .


With apologies to Jack alone (Chapter Two)
Helen Weir
April 13, 2017

"If you're just going to stand there, let someone else sit down." Did this abrupt interloper with the saggy jowls, heavy brows, and New-Yorked-over Irish . . .


With apologies to Jack alone, Chapter One
Helen Weir
April 8, 2017

"My bad," I lied, stretching a thin grin across clenched teeth. Now, the imprint of a dirty boot would forever mar my elegantly calligraphed Program, which I . . .


An eleventh thing
Helen Weir
January 20, 2016

I, like countless others throughout the Catholic (and non-Catholic) world, have been reeling with philosophical/theological vertigo since the recent release of . . .


Synod sound-off
Helen Weir
October 20, 2015

When the Synod on the Family 2015 comes to a conclusion, we will find out the answers to a number of harrowing questions. Will there be a final document issued . . .


Nor did they try
Helen Weir
July 4, 2014

In the documentary "Imaginary Witness" (available to stream on Netflix), the Nazi Holocaust is referred to as the "Negative Absolute." Amidst the current . . .


Barrett's amazing experience
Helen Weir
June 8, 2012

In his concession speech late Tuesday night, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett described Wisconsin's recall election as an "amazing experience." Not as amazing, one . . .


Anniversary of Humanae Vitae
Helen Weir
July 28, 2011

Seventeenth Sunday in ordinary time, Year A "Humanae Vitae: of human life" By Father Joseph Redfern In today's first reading from the First Book of . . .


At least she plays one on TV
Helen Weir
July 11, 2011

As a conservative activist in an area of the country largely believed to be a remote suburb of the Twin Cities, I am increasingly encountering a general . . .


A hero triumphs
Helen Weir
February 28, 2011

Here in the political three-ring circus known as the Great State of Wisconsin, the spectacle goes on. Governor Walker, thank goodness, is not backing down, . . .


Choose to promote a culture of life
Helen Weir
January 25, 2011

The United States of America was founded on the fundamental civic and spiritual recognition that "all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable . . .


Mr. Morris, you misunderstand us!
Helen Weir
October 24, 2010

In an opinion piece posted at TheHill.com ("The New Republican Right," Oct. 22, 2010), Dick Morris makes some astounding assertions. Declaring the GOP "safe . . .


Tea time at Our Sunday Visitor
Helen Weir
October 18, 2010

It was a couple of weeks ago, on a crisp September Saturday when the leaves were just starting to turn, that I joined a few hundred other patriots for a Tea . . .


Overqualified to be president
Helen Weir
September 9, 2010

Drive down the road listening to the radio these days in western Wisconsin, and you will be treated to mind-numbingly condescending, state-sponsored warnings to . . .


Because liberty is not its own opposite
Helen Weir
August 31, 2010

"Well, really, you know, I am not aware of a thirst for some ready-made truth which puts an end to intellectual activity in the way you seem to be describing.  . . .


Rubio at the Rubicon
Helen Weir
July 10, 2010

This past Independence Day week, Americans were treated to some real fireworks. Who ever imagined that the Executive Branch of the federal government "our . . .


Life on Asteroid 328
Helen Weir
June 6, 2010

"How is it possible," asked the Little Prince (in Antoine de Saint-Exupery's touching fairy tale of the same name), during one of his notable stops on the way . . .


Of haircuts and henchmen
Helen Weir
March 30, 2010

As the old song puts it, "Don't know much about . . ." well, in this case, Marco Rubio. Like most other interested non-Floridians, I am following his Senate . . .


Stop Obama's enforced health care "option"
Helen Weir
March 1, 2010

According to Barack Obama, the 8 or 9 million Americans who will lose their existing private health insurance coverage if Obamacare is finagled through Congress . . .


A homily well worth hearing
Helen Weir
February 6, 2010

"There's a big difference" as Miracle Max of Princess Bride fame once sagely observed "between mostly dead and all dead." Where the question of Obamacare . . .


Truth is truth
Helen Weir
December 17, 2009

From the First Apology of St. Justin Martyr: We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching . . .


Hardline RINOs hand victory to Democrats
Helen Weir
November 5, 2009

NY23 In a stunning climax to Tuesday's most closely watched political duel, Conservative Party challenger Doug Hoffman captured an astounding 45% of the vote . . .


Making Nazis weep
Helen Weir
September 16, 2009

With Obamacare or its repackaged equivalent still looming ominously on the American sociopolitical horizon, there are few voices, at this late stage in the game . . .


'Catholics Against Obamacare' calls for September 11 day of prayer and fasting
Helen Weir
September 11, 2009

"I had been praying at daily Mass for Barack Obama's conversion and for the truth about his health care bill to come out," says Jean Heimann, founder of . . .


Why the birth certificate?
Helen Weir
July 29, 2009

"German men and women . . . Paragraph 21 of the Code of Penal Law is still valid. According to this, anyone who deliberately kills a man by premeditated act . . .


Punished with a puppy
Helen Weir
April 21, 2009

We have just received the disturbing and indeed tragic news that, with Obama daughters Malia and Sasha about to embark upon the adventure of advanced childhood, . . .


Did you "Tea Party" on Wednesday? Tell us about it!
Helen Weir
April 17, 2009

Perhaps you, like me, woke up on Thursday to discover that in addition to being labeled a potential "terrorist" you have also been classified as "anti . . .


"These things exist"
Helen Weir
March 10, 2009

The intelligentsia has spoken. In the person of Mark A. Kay of no less esteemed a citadel of higher learning than Stanford itself, we have been provided with . . .


Pray for Beppino
Helen Weir
February 11, 2009

Now that Eluana is dead, it is time to pray not only for the repose of her soul, but also for her father, Beppino Englaro. Beppino, unlike Bob Schindler (the . . .


The roar of the Lion of Münster
Helen Weir
February 2, 2009

We are standing before the ruins of inner national unity, which in these last days has been brutally destroyed. . . . Can there be national solidarity with . .  . . .


The death of conservative conservatism
Helen Weir
November 5, 2008

Flicking off Fox News Tuesday night when the defeat of the McCain/Palin ticket began to look inevitable, I went to bed and lapsed into a wicked nightmare. My . . .


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