How Does the Last Become First?

Tuesday’s Gospel, from Matthew, is a big dose of detachment. We’re told it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for the worldly to enter the kingdom of God. Like the jarring Gospel from Sunday, and the instruction to sell everything and follow yesterday, we sure [Read More...]

What Does It Mean to Be on Fire with Faith?

Sunday’s Gospel reading was a palpably unnerving one. One subject to misunderstanding, even, I suspect, temptations to frustration and anger. From Luke: Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and [Read More...]

‘The martyrdom of his words led to the martyrdom of his life.’

A friend reminded me today that while we might lead with mercy, we never can forget about justice. We must always tell the truth, as Archbishop Chaput never tires of doing. And who better than St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was murdered at Auschwitz 72 years ago this week? Another friend, Fr. Roger Landry (@FrRogerLandry on [Read More...]

Is This the Song of Our Lives?


What is it with the Catholics and Mary? I get the question a lot. Wear a Miraculous medal, be seen walking out of a Catholic church now and again, and you probably do, too. At Mass on the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis helped us know the answer better: by living life to the [Read More...]

Write a (Quality) Symphony Already!

We have such a dangerous posture these days, where the mainstream reflex is to expect politics to provide some kind of salvation. We see evil, and we want to pass a law. We don’t want to face the evil we see as a necessity, so we drown ourselves in manipulative rhetoric that keeps us from [Read More...]

‘I suddenly started to love people.’

His heart had hardened. His life was dark. But he told God he hated who he had become, and he felt the presence of God, our merciful Father … this video is quite the testament to the Holy Spirit, to seeing Christ in the prisoner …. And as this commentary points out, if we Christians [Read More...]

71 Years Ago Today, She Was Killed at Auschwitz

Today is the feast day of Edith Stein, who died as a Carmelite, Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. During her canonization Mass in 1998, Pope John Paul II, said: Although Edith Stein had been brought up religiously by her Jewish mother, at the age of 14 she “had consciously and deliberately stopped praying”. She [Read More...]

St. Peter Would Have Tweeted about the #DamnedDevil

At the 12:10 Mass at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, the pastor suggested that St. Peter Chrysologus, whose feast we celebrate today (July 30), may have just loved Twitter; he is known for his short, inspired sermons. Today’s Magnificat offers an example of one of them — one I suspect Pope Francis might be [Read More...]