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Author Archive: Ryan Kraeger

Ryan Kraeger is a cradle Catholic homeschool graduate, who has served in the Army as a Combat Engineer and as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. He now lives with his wife Kathleen and daughter Evelyn near Tacoma, WA and plans on going to school to become a Physician's Assistant. He enjoys reading, thinking, and conversation, the making and eating of gourmet pizza, shooting and martial arts, and the occasional dark beer. His website is The Man Who Would Be Knight.

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart: pursuing a life of integrity

May 22, AD 2017 0 Comments
Blessed are the Pure in Heart: pursuing a life of integrity

What does the word integrity mean to you? Is it a catchphrase? Something that calls up vintage 1950’s sepia images of Boy Scouts saluting and pledging to keep themselves “physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight?” Does it evoke images of West Point Cadets, clean-cut and standing arrow straight in spotless uniforms? Captain America telling […]

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It’s My Body

May 10, AD 2017 0 Comments
It’s My Body

One of the most common allegations made against pro-lifers, specifically anti-abortion advocates, is that it is an example of a bunch of old white men trying to tell women what they can or can’t do with their bodies. This allegation calls up all the righteous indignation of feminism, autonomy, and moral outrage against those old […]

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Road to Emmaus, Part 2

April 28, AD 2017 4 Comments
Road to Emmaus, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of a novel that I have been working on for a year and a half. Neither could say just how long the stranger had been standing near them. He was tall, a little above the average, but other than that not very out of the ordinary. He […]

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Road to Emmaus, Part 1

April 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
Road to Emmaus, Part 1

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of a novel I have been working on for a year and a half. “So you are leaving, Clophas?” Old Clophas looked up from the sack that he was packing. “Yes, Cephas. Miriam is not as young as she used to be and she wants to reach […]

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Whatever you did for the least of these…

April 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
Whatever you did for the least of these…

Someone told me a few weeks ago, in the middle of a martial arts related discussion, “I think that stuff is cool, but I don’t do martial arts. I am a lover, not a fighter.” It is no exaggeration to say that I have been thinking about that pretty exhaustively ever since. I have been […]

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A Conversation with Jesus

March 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Conversation with Jesus

This has been a rough week for our family. On Wednesday our daughter, Evie, had a series of six seizures for no apparent reason. She had been having a run-of-the-mill case of viral gastroenteritis, it seemed, without even a high fever, and then suddenly she was seizing. Neither we, nor the paramedics, nor the ER staff, […]

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Balance of Extremes

March 6, AD 2017 2 Comments
Balance of Extremes

Classical morality has often been described as the finding of a Golden Mean or Happy Medium between two extremes. We find this concept in Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and again in St. Thomas Aquinas, that virtue is the mean between two extremes of vice. So courage is the mean between foolhardiness and cowardice. Temperance is […]

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Miserere Mei, Deus, Domine et Pater

February 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
Miserere Mei, Deus, Domine et Pater

O Father, Brother, Lord, And God, Spouse of my soul, Forgive my many sins, my crimes. Lave my wriggling, red, whinging soul And wipe away the deeply layered grimes, The residue that clings The stench that stings Your nostrils. Take sandpaper To the corroded rust Of all my lies, my pride, My many acts of […]

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Living Sacrifice: An Ontological Justification of “Getting in shape” New Year’s resolutions

February 15, AD 2017 0 Comments
Living Sacrifice: An Ontological Justification of “Getting in shape” New Year’s resolutions

Here we are, one month into the New Year. (Is it still even a “New” year? Or is it just the year now?) How many of you made resolutions? You don’t have to raise your hands, but feel free to. I won’t know one way or the other. How many of those resolutions had to […]

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Why Defund Planned Parenthood

January 13, AD 2017 4 Comments
Why Defund Planned Parenthood

With the transition of both houses and the presidency to GOP control, one of the promises that President Trump made seems to be coming to fruition, namely, to defund Planned Parenthood. Let us hope it does because if not it does not bode well for the future of our deal-with-the-devil that we, as pro-life advocates, […]

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Time in Prayer this Year

January 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Time in Prayer this Year

One of the questions I struggle with sometimes is how much time I ought to be spending in prayer on a daily basis. This is not surprising: my personality has been shaped by an ingrained emphasis on the value of time since I was a child. My dad especially shaped my notions of the proper […]

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Like Dew from Above

December 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Like Dew from Above

Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! Isaiah 45:8 I had an interesting insight during morning prayer as I read this passage. One of the occupational hazards of being human, I suppose, […]

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Safe Spaces and Special Little Snowflakes

December 14, AD 2016 3 Comments
Safe Spaces and Special Little Snowflakes

There is a lot of talk these days in the post-election fracas about “safe spaces.” Most of the talk I have heard comes from conservative sources and some is decidedly mocking, but you don’t have to look very hard to find a quite serious and sober definition and defense of the safe space concept. (I suppose […]

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Original Sin: The Real Humanism

December 6, AD 2016 0 Comments
Original Sin: The Real Humanism

I have been in Physician Assistant school for a few months now, and so far have not failed out or caused a catastrophic loss of rapport with the academic establishment. That second point is actually a bit surprising considering that I experienced a mild case of culture shock when I overheard a classmate calling himself […]

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I still can’t care

November 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
I still can’t care

I am writing this on election night before the official call has come in. Last I heard the presidential race was too close to call. People are freaking out about it all over the internet. Me? Meh. Whoever gets elected tonight will be someone I didn’t vote for, and he or she will still be […]

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