The Pope, Amoris Laetitia & the Doggedness of Truth

It has been nearly two weeks since Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released. The work has been described as "a rich reflection on the mission of the family and on how the Church can equip couples to embrace God's vision for marriage and can offer healing for families who are struggling." But anyone paying attention to the two year process that yielded Amoris Laetitia recognizes the truth behind Otto von Bismarck's immortalized words, "Laws are like s … [Read more...]

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Mother Teresa: The Saint of the Darkness

“If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of ‘darkness.’ ” - Blessed Teresa of CalcuttaThey say she is a saint.And on September 4th, 2016, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church will canonize her. On that day, Mother Teresa - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - will become St. Teresa of Calcutta.They say she is a saint.But some doubt it.Oh, it's not simply that some question the Catholic Church's overall process of investigating Mother Teresa's (or any other candidate's) cause f … [Read more...]

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When College Shakes Your Faith, Listen to Flannery O’Connor (Lights in the Darkness series)

My second piece in the Lights in the Darkness seriesIn a modern culture that is adrift, it is good to be reminded of the true, the good and the beautiful. Each week it is my humble privilege to offer one selection from an indispensable canon of essays, speeches and books that will light a candle in the darkness. It is a canon I have assembled over many years that I hope will challenge and inspire each reader. But most importantly I hope it will remind us of what is true in an age of untruth. … [Read more...]

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“Why I Am a Catholic” by G.K. Chesterton – (“Lights in the Darkness” Series)

"Lights in the Darkness"In a modern culture that is adrift, it is good to be reminded of the True, the Good & the Beautiful. Each week it is my humble privilege to offer one selection from an indispensable Canon of essays, speeches & books which will light a candle in the darkness. It is a Canon I have assembled over many years that I hope will challenge & inspire each reader. But most importantly, I hope it will remind us of what is True in an age of untruth. And if we know … [Read more...]

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Why the Little Sisters of the Poor Matter

They are not accustomed to fanfare. Nor do they prefer it.But the Little Sisters of the Poor (along with several co-petitioners) found themselves thrust into the limelight of the Supreme Court. Why were they there?To preserve their Conscience.March 23rd was the day that the incomparable attorney Paul Clement and his fellow attorney Noel Francisco would present their cases opposite United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. The forum to whom they presented was an eight … [Read more...]

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The Church of Second Chances: Christ & the Wretchedness of Peter

The Apostle Peter Kneeling by Rembrandt van Rijn It struck me during Mass.It was the reading from the Gospel of Luke for Palm Sunday - the Passion, to be precise. I'm sure I have heard it (or read it) dozens of times in my life, but it never jarred me like it did tonight.Jesus had finished the Last Supper with his disciples and began revealing to them the tragedy that is to come. He spoke of a traitor. He quelled an argument over who will lead by reminding the disciples that their call i … [Read more...]

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