Jimmy Carter & America Today

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An interesting observation from Stephen F. Knott, author of Rush To Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics: Contempt for President Bush was rooted in something deeper than policy disputes or concerns over the scope of presidential power — it was also a reflection of the religious and cultural fissures in [Read More...]

A Quick Reminder about Protecting What We’ve Got

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The Constitution is quite capable of protecting our liberties so long as those in office feel bound by its terms. For this reason, it seems to me that the American people have little to fear from public servants who take their religion seriously. In fact, I can’t help wondering what changes there might be in [Read More...]

As Candidates Criss-Cross the Country

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And political anxiety is heightened … from advice from St. Francis de Sales, via Mary DeTurris Poust: Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset [Read more...]

Did You Hear What Archbishop Chaput Had to Say About the Election?

Voting principles. And from Archbishop Lori, too. [Read more...]

What Is the Reward?

A number of the news stories about the canonizations in Rome today make reference to sainthood — the naming of — as a “reward.” It is, of course, a tremendous thing. But it’s more for us — those of us still living on earth, struggling, trying to be holy — isn’t it? The real reward [Read More...]

Meet the Women of October

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Among the seven canonized today: Kateri Tekawitha: “sustained by her Christian faith and an ardent love of Jesus present in the Eucharist.” Anna Schäffer: “Through Christ she was able to accept the mystery of the Cross in love and gratitude.” Marìa Carmen Sallés y Barangueras: “Her life was fruitful because it was a self-giving life.” [Read More...]

A Day in the Life of Faith

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We are in the second week of a Year of Faith, and in the Magnificat Year of Faith Companion yesterday was an entry not to be overlooked. It was from the writings of Dorothy Day and in it she cuts to the core of what a Year of Faith, and our lives, ought to be [Read More...]

Dinner Talk

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Some of what went down Thursday night at the Al Smith dinner in New York and why it matters. And a cardinal bottom line: “Please don’t be confused. Please know that simply to pray with somebody, simply to have a meal with somebody, simply to be friendly to somebody doesn’t mean that we are endorsing [Read More...]


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