Say Her Name, Say Her Name


From Magnificat on the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary: As much as Mary’s holy name is a blessing for us, it is a dread for the evil one. Venerable Thomas a Kempis (1471) observes that the devils fear Mary so much that, if they but hear her holy name pronounced, they fly [Read More...]

Pray for Christians in Iraq and Syria Today?


A bit of a mess this week reminds me again how little we in America are doing when we have such tremendous power. Families, individuals, campus groups, parishes, friends, co-workers, couples … pray for Iraqi and Syrian Christians. Here’s a prayer the Knights of Columbus have circulated: Prayer for those Persecuted in Iraq O God [Read More...]

Christ Is Key

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I’m grateful to Fr. Paul Murray, O.P., for many reasons, and for many reasons even simply for a talk of his I was present for at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota just a few days ago, during Labor Day weekend. Among other things, it nudged me to re-read a saint’s homily from [Read More...]

The Light We Need

I was just reading the latest column from my friend J. David Franks, who teaches at St. John’s Seminary in Massachusetts. He writes: The world is dark. Our own hearts are dark. We have but one task: let the light penetrate us more deeply, and preach that the light is flowing down in starry cataracts. [Read More...]

Father Knows Best


Fr. Steve Grunow from Word on Fire (who I am blessed to have been joining for regular recurring hour-long sessions on Sheila Liaugminas’s Relevant Radio show for over a year now) writes about St. Gregory the Great on his feast day today: Perhaps the greatest spiritual lesson for us in the witness of St. Gregory [Read More...]

A Labor of Christian Love: Encountering Renewal in Bismarck

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I’m spending Labor Day weekend on the campus of the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota for a conference on the future of Catholic education (@UMary happens to be bit of an exciting and expanding beacon of just that. It’s a celebration of one of the University of Mary’s latest acquisitions, Don Briel, who [Read More...]

An Atrocity Happens. We Remain Silent?


This is no ordinary opening of an academic year, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said toward the end of Mass for my alma mater’s academic year. “Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and because there are people who simply choose to remain silent,” he said at the Basilica of the National [Read More...]

Hail Mary Pass for Christians Under Fire


What if at the top of every waking hour, we each prayed a “Hail Mary” for persecuted Christians in the world? What if every waking hour we did this for those who suffer for – and with — Christ? As we’re overwhelmed by headlines, this is something we can do. Set a reminder, do what [Read More...]