He Never Tired of Repeating That Only Name that Counts


Today (August 20) has been the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a saint close to the heart of the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. To know St. Bernard is to understand what passion flows from the heart of God for man. In the Liturgy of the Hours today is this from the abbot of [Read More...]

Was Your Prayer a Failure?


This was one of the questions a journalist asked Pope Francis on the plane ride back to Rome from Korea: Given what has happened in Gaza, was the Prayer for Peace held in the Vatican on June 8 a failure? Pope Francis answered, in part (according to the English transcript reporter Gerald O’Connell wrote up, [Read More...]

For Korea, for St. Louis, for the World


A few words about peace from Pope Francis, upon landing in Korea: The quest for peace also represents a challenge for each of us, and in a particular way for those of you dedicated to the pursuit of the common good of the human family through the patient work of diplomacy. It is the perennial [Read More...]

Robin Williams and Divine Mercy


From a 2007 interview, you get the sense he may have had a sense of it – all the more reason to remember to pray for people we know and are aware of. Could the grace from those prayers push them through to see the loving and forgiving and strengthening face of God here? To [Read More...]

Laugh. Pray. Live. Robin Williams, R.I.P.

dead poet's society

What if every person of faith who ever laughed at a Robin Williams joke, prayed for him? And every day it happened? Could this be a new way for us to live? On Sunday night I turned on Dead Poets Society, the 1989 movie where Robin Williams, teaching his students poetry, famously encourages them to [Read More...]

Do Not Let Yourself Be Robbed of Faith, Hope, Love, Joy


All too often, in the busy-ness of life, in the overwhelming gravity of news headlines, immersed in a popular culture that all too often keeps us mired in our worst (and basest) habits and instincts, we let ourselves get robbed of that something more we’re made for. Toward that, I end my syndicated column this [Read More...]

The Solace in His Scars


On the feast of St. Thomas the apostle, he whose unbelief helps us in our belief, I happened to reread this passage from the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on “The Scars of Christ: A Lesson on Enduring Faith” from the book Characters of the Passion. The scars of Christ have a starring role in [Read More...]

We Can’t Give Up on Politics: Pope Francis & the Restoration Imperative


It’s not sufficient — or acceptable — to be cynical about politics. It’s absolutely true that politics won’t solve our problems and save our souls, but disengagement is not a moral option. In his latest media interview, Pope Francis observes, when asked about the heads of state who have come to visit him during his [Read More...]