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The Anchoress

Indiana’s RFRA: Questions for Christians & Those Crying “Bigotry!”

The other day Melinda Selmys guest-posted here about Indiana SB101 and made some people happy and a lot of people annoyed. I’m going to take a brief break from my project to touch on it, as well. Unlike Melinda, I believe I will annoy a lot of people, and please almost no one, but that [Read More...]

The Deacon's Bench

Reconciliation Monday at St. Francis of Assisi

I dropped by one of my favorite churches in Manhattan, St. Francis of Assisi, for confession today, “Reconciliation Monday.”  The church is open for confessions every day, at all hours, but there was a line today anyway—about 20 people when I arrived at 5 p.m.  Four confessionals were open, so things moved quickly. I was [Read More...]

Coming Down to Earth

The Dark Night of the Soul

Yesterday evening I delivered the Newman Lecture at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA. The following is an excerpt adapted from those remarks.   Have you ever tried to pray for an hour or more, or even gone for a weekend of silence and prayer on a retreat, and found your mind [Read More...]

Seasons of Grace

Coming Into the Home Stretch: What Is Holy Week?

Yesterday, Palm Sunday, we welcomed Jesus, waving palm fronds in a reenactment of Christ’s jubilant entrance into Jerusalem.  This week will be full of reenactments from Jesus’ last week on earth, culminating with a jubilant celebration on Easter. Holy Week—the week from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday—is a sacred time on the Catholic calendar, for it is the [Read More...]

Public Catholic

Still Sick and It’s Holy Week. To the Point Blogging Ahead.

My asthma and what for everyone else would be an obnoxious cold have conspired against me. I’m still sick and need to focus on recuperating for the next few days. It’s nothing a round of antibiotics and steroids won’t cure. But I’ve enjoyed this garbage as much as I can stand. I’m going to cooperate [Read More...]

God in the Machine

How I Pray: Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight is the Sacramental Preparation and Education Specialist for the Archdiocese of Denver. He is also the founder and editor of New Advent, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary on May 1st. Read more entries in the How I Pray series. Who are you? My name is Kevin Knight, editor of the New Advent [Read More...]

Shoved to Them

9 things about Health Care that we learned this year

It was one year ago this week that Ella was sick with a cold. A year from Wednesday that she complained of her legs “feeling tired.” A week from next Monday that was the last time she stood unaided. We’ve learned a lot this past year about doctors, insurance, family, and faith. I know it’s [Read More...]

Kate O'Hare's Pax Culturati

‘Killing Jesus’ Delivers Ratings for NatGeo Channel

“Killing Jesus,” the three-hour telepic based on the bestselling historical thriller of the same name by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, may have shortchanged the divinity of Christ — click here for my review — but it scored with viewers in its premiere airing on Sunday, March 29. From The Hollywood Reporter: [Read More...]

Acts of the Apostasy

Things Not Said In Scripture

I admit it. My mind ends up in weird places during Mass…

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