Thank You, Holy Father!

That’s what I’m dubbing the unofficial title of a panel later today, Ash Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. People are unsettled and looking for a little community and solidarity in the face of the big news from Rome this week. And the Catholic Information Center and Catholic Voices USA are aiming to provide some at 4 [Read More...]

What Is a Pope?

From Bishop Anthony Fisher, a Dominican in Australia: From the earliest times the role of the papacy has been this: to be the authentic witness to Jesus Christ “the Son of the Living God” and to His Gospel of life and love, of truth and goodness, of beauty and glory; to be, as binder and [Read More...]

B16 Teaches Us How to Live


I’ve been saying this morning that if John Paul II showed us how to die, Pope Benedict XVI is showing us how to step aside in humility and love. But it is so much more than that even. He shows us how to live. The pope’s resignation statement is extraordinary. And it’s not the resigning [Read More...]

The Object of My Affection, 2013 Remake


This might be on your mind already because Valentine’s Day is this week, but here’s an action item: Invite a married couple to drop their kids off for the night some night, invite some single men and women from work or church to dinner with some others for dinner. Do something to support marriage, to [Read More...]

‘It was over in a very short time.’

Indeed it is. With haste, we ought to reflect on the witness of the martyrs we remember today. The witness of the last moments of the life of Saint Paul Miki and his companions — Father Bursar, Brother Martin, Brother Francis Branco …. there were six Franciscans, three Jesuits, fifteen Japanese tertiaries and two Japanese [Read More...]

Have You Seen John Boehner’s Desk?

A tour of Catholicism in the Speaker’s office. [Read more...]

‘Strive for Peace with Everyone’


Every once in a while — a little more often than that lately perhaps — I get into conversations with people about peace. Pax Christi, you know. It can seem a foreign thing, with all our noise and anxieties, all our concerns and responsibilities, so many burdens weighing on us. But when we know we [Read More...]

Set Out to Pray. He Will Take It from There.

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If you find yourself restless and distracted, advice from a Carmelite, Sr. Ruth Burrows, via the indispensable Magnificat: I do not think readers would want to be bored to tears by an account of what goes on in my head during prayer! Distractions are my unfailing companions at prayer; but I have learned that prayer [Read More...]