A Good and Holy Thing

How do we live faith? Where do we begin? Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix offers a prayer for us: To receive the gift of faith today, to accept the grace of hearing the voice of Jesus and responding to Him in trust, requires an intellect that is ready for contemplation. At its deepest level, the intellect [Read More...]

Habemus Papam!

Eight years ago today: The new pope would say a few days later: My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that [Read More...]

Know God!

“We believe in God who is Father, who is Son, who is Holy Spirit. We believe in Persons, and when we talk to God we talk to Persons: or I speak with the Father, or I speak with the Son, or I speak with the Holy Spirit. And this is the faith.” That was Pope [Read More...]

Why Does God Allow an Eight-Year-Old Boy to be Killed Waiting for His Dad at the Finish Line?

From a summary of a conversation on The Good Catholic Life, a Boston-area radio program yesterday: God never wants evil to happen in the world. When a modern Cain kills his brother, God grieves. We can’t imagine what it’s like to lose one child like three families did yesterday. God lost three children. The only [Read More...]

After the Boston Marathon Attack: What Can We Do?

God be with those who suffer because of yesterday’s attack at the Boston marathon. What was to be a day of achievement and celebration became one marked by death and destruction, pain and fear. Thanks be to God for the hope, even here. As Cardinal O’Malley put it: In the midst of the darkness of [Read More...]

Will You Be a Saint? Make a Choice.

It is the only thing that matters. That was the message Archbishop Charles J. Chaput delivered in an address in Philadelphia: We’re all called to martyrdom. That’s what the word martyr means: It’s the Greek word for “witness.” We may or may not ever suffer personally for our love of Jesus Christ, but we’re all [Read More...]

‘There Is No More Room for Anxiety’

With Pope Benedict XVI in the background praying for us, I figure we have a novel opportunity to review a master teacher’s reflections. So much of what Pope Frances is screaming from the rooftops, albeit tenderly, Pope Benedict XVI talked at some length about. B16 knew we needed another voice to more fully get our [Read More...]

Why Go to a Priest for Confession?

You know how Pope Francis keeps repeating himself? How he keeps talking about the mercy of God and pleading with the world to go to our tender, loving Father? On Divine Mercy Sunday at high noon Mass in Washington, D.C., Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P. ran with this clear theme — so needed by the [Read More...]


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