How About Some Love Overwhelming, Everlasting?

Earlier this week, I spent way more time than I needed to reading — and then writing about –- a BBC profile in polyamory, that is: four people living together in “love.” (My Corner post about it is titled: “If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Need Google Calendar.”) As we are reminded of the [Read More...]

Are We Fasting and Praying for Christians in Egypt?


From Sam Tadros yesterday in the Wall Street Journal: Why Virgin Mary Church endured until modern times is a mystery. Some churches in Cairo survived because Coptic popes made them their residence. Being built on a place Jesus and his mother had visited gave others in Egypt a claim to fame and a chance at [Read More...]

Got Heavenly Wisdom & Apostolic Courage?


Whenever I am in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C., I try to stop by the chapel remembering the life of St. Pius X, whose feast day we celebrate August 21. The prayer above the kneeler is one that reminds us of what we want and need, what the [Read More...]

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...]