The Lewis Crusade is an apostolate dedicated to promoting the dignity of the human person and fighting to build a culture of life from the perspective of a person with a genetic disorder. I particularly focus on life issues from the perspective of eugenics and medical issues, though I deal with other issues and with questions of religion, as well. I believe that the surest way to win the Culture Wars is by prayer and fasting.
John C. Hathaway has an MA in English from Valdosta State University and a BA in philosophy from South Carolina Honors College. He is an aspirant member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, and has taken three graduate courses in religious studies. His main research specialty so far has been C. S. Lewis, including undergraduate and graduate theses, a presentation at the 1998 Seattle C. S. Lewis Institute, an a forthcoming scholarly article. Other published articles deal with living with Marfan syndrome, finding a Catholic spouse and the personal side of the embryonic stem cell debate.
1 Brown Scapular, representing Carmelite Spirituality, devotion to Our Lady, sacramentals and spiritual warfare
2 A sonogram of our children (I think Gianna)
3 One of our children as a newborn
4 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, representing the same as Scapular above.
5 A Seven Week Old Fetus, representing Lewis Stephen, our baby miscarried at 7 weeks.
6 St. Louis de Montfort, one of this site’s patrons, a great preacher and spreader of Marian devotion and the Rosary
7 Clara Agnes
8 Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Unborn; Patroness of Pro-Life and Patroness of the Americas; my wife had a vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe during her miscarriage.
9 Pope John Paul II, holding the Monstrance: the Eucharist is the source and summit of Catholic life; the Eucharist is the greatest weapon we have against the Devil and the Culture of Death
10 Jesus, the Divine Mercy: Nuff Said
11 Gianna Teresa
12 St. Louis the King: one of this site’s patrons, Patron of all Third Orders, Crusader, Never committed a single mortal sin, strong devotee of the Eucharist
13 The DNA Helix, symbolizing the issues of genetics and medical ethics
14 Our Lady of Victories/Our Lady of the Smile: the statue that “smiled” at St. Therese in her only miraculous vision experience; also the statue that spoke to St. Catherine Laboure, giving her the Miraculous Medal
15 Our daughter Alexandra, holding our daughter Gianna as a baby: this picture highlights how tall and elongaged Allie’s body was around age 2, illustrating Marfan syndrome
16 St. Raphael window at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Alabama: St. Raphael is patron of healing and medicine and exorcism; here represents all the archangels; represents spiritual warfare
17 The Byzantine Style Cross, representing my interest in the Eastern “Lung” of the Church, traditional liturgies, etc.
1 Gregorian Chant, in Latin: representing liturgical themes
2 St. Peter’s Cathedral in Erie, PA, the church I attended as a child,representing the Church, liturgy, etc.
3 Our children Josef and Clara
Mary at a pro-life rally when she was in college
4 Allie holding a little angel she made; picture also shows exaggerated Marfan features
5 Bl. Lous Martin, father of St. Therese, patron of Catholic families, and one of our patrons.
6 The Rosary, on top of an open Bible: representing prayer, spirituality, spiritual warfare, etc.
7 Pope Benedict XVI, aka Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger: My Hero
8 A picture from our honeymoon: my wife’s hand and mine, displaying our wedding rings and holding a rose we were given on the set of _Mother Angelica Live_ the night before.
9 C. S. Lewis: a patron of this site, one of my heroes, apologist, social critic, philosopher, critic of modern culture.
10 My son Josef, displaying a look of consternation at the whole screwed up situation
11 Me talking with Thomas Howard at the 1998 C. S. Lewis Institute in Seattle
12 Mary holding one of our babies as a newborn
13 Mary’s Uncle Lewis Maitland Allen Barrett, one of the patrons of our site
15 A chart of a heart effected with Marfan syndrome.
On the term “Catholic Site”
This is not a “Catholic site” in the sense that I do not presume to speak “for the Church.” This is a site *about* Catholicism, about spiritual warfare, about culture wars, and about pro-life issues, from the perspectives of my views and experiences.
Although I may occasionally touch on such issues, my concern here is not with apologetics or even necessarily evangelization.
One of the reasons I started this blog, after years of message boards and other online communication methods, is that I realized it was little use trying to argue with the Culture of Death, or trying to win others over to the faith, if my fellow Catholics weren’t taking a firmer stand.
Like many Catholic writers before me, including many saints, I do not presume to speak “for” the Church but rather to express a critical or prophetic viewpoint from within: calling for a deeper expression of the faith and practice of Catholicism.