Let Us Pray


That’s the witness of the life of St. Dominic, whose feast Catholics celebrated yesterday. Reflecting on Dominic, B16 advises: Dear friends, St. Dominic reminds us that prayer, that personal contact with God, is at the heart and origin of the witness of faith that every Christian must give within family life, at work, in social [Read More...]

Feeling Weak?


In her book, My Peace I Give You, Dawn Eden writes about questions she’s encountered in her life, confronting the memories of abuse: “How … do I take the first step? How do I find strength when all I have to work with is weakness?” I asked her about her answer: I found the answer [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan Keeps Religious Freedom in the News

at least through the morning of October 19th. [Read more...]

Be Not Afraid to Go Beyond the Conventional ‘News’ Frame

Thank God for ads in presidential campaigns (really!), which can become news event in themselves. At their best, they are educational opportunities and today we have one such example. The “Be Not Afraid” ad that the Romney campaign released this morning is a classic example of how campaigns can transcend the mainstream media with ads [Read More...]

Protecting Religious Liberty Is the Least We Can Do


Others have had to do face a lot more; from office of readings today: From a letter by Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr (Epist 80; CSEL, 3, 839-840) We know that the soldiers of Christ are not slain but crowned I did not write to your community at once, dearest brother, because all the clergy, [Read More...]

“Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!”


In her new book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, Dawn Eden writes about St. Josephine Bakhita. More from my extended exchange with Eden about the book: More people should know about St. Josephine Bakhita for all sorts of reasons, shouldn’t we? Yes, we should. I learned [Read More...]

Quiet, Soul!

In continuing conversation with Dawn Eden about her book, My Peace I Give You, I take note of a line in her book “What I truly needed was not to rile my body, but to quiet my soul.” And ask: However does anyone do that? You’re referring to a passage in chapter 4, where I [Read More...]

For Those Who Suffer


From the encyclical Salvific Doloris: Down through the centuries and generations it has been seen that in suffering there is concealed a particular power that draws a person interiorly close to Christ, a special grace. To this grace many saints, such as Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and others, owe their profound [Read More...]