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In the new encyclical, Lumen Fidei, or “The Light of Faith,” Pope Francis, with considerable core contributions from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, explains how through “the celebration of the sacraments, the Church hands down her memory especially through the profession of faith.” The creed, Lumen Fidei explains, “does not only involve giving one’s assent to [Read More...]

How Can We Be the Apostles We Are Called to Be?


Via Magnificat today, Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur explains: “I know well what this word ‘apostle’ means and all the obligations it creates. First, the necessity of an interior life that becomes stronger all the time, of drawing more than ever charity and gentle serenity from the Eucharist and from prayer, as well as making [Read More...]

Two Popes, One Encyclical, All Eyes on Jesus — with His Eyes, in His Heart


The conversation I imagine may have happened (roughly translated): “Brother, you should really co-sign Lumen Fidei. It’s yours, you wrote it. I’m an editor. My hand was light on this letter.” “The Holy Spirit …. It is God’s alone. And you are their Holy Father now. The faithful need you to help bring them into [Read More...]

What’s Independence Day Today?


“I want to live in a society where strong relationships are plentiful and filled with real, authentic love; a love that isn’t afraid of hardship or ugliness, that doesn’t give up when it’s convenient to,” Jose Mena tells me as we discuss twenty-somethings today and the Catholic Church — occasioned by so many things in [Read More...]

Carrie Bradshaw’s Younger Sister Takes a Different Approach


Elise Italiano is a schoolteacher in Washington, D.C., who contributed a chapter to the book called Breaking Through: Women Speak for Themselves. The book flowed from a movement in response to an abortion-industry-led “Where are the Women?” campaign in response to protests against the White House’s abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate. Since so much of the [Read More...]

The Cabbie’s Pulpit

Earlier this week, I jumped into a cab to make Mass on the Solemnity of the birth of John the Baptist, and the cab driver started asking me all kinds of questions and making observations about the Church. We talked about John F. Kennedy and the witness of Catholics in the public square. “President Kennedy [Read More...]

Marriage and the Supremes: What to Read

Some links around the web today: First, National Review Online‘s editorial: The real argument for continuing to treat marriage as the union of a man and a woman is that marriage and marriage law exist to channel sexual behavior in a way that promotes the flourishing of children. They exist, that is, to solve a [Read More...]

On Being Fruitful — No Excuses!

Today’s the feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva. Go figure. On a day today that has proven to be mildly earth-shattering in terms of wake-up calls about democracy and culture … he offers (as he typically does) a reminder that we have no excuses when it comes to our Christian call. We’re called to be [Read More...]