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...]

‘we celebrate women’

Cardinal Dolan writes with love and gratitude for women religious: Contrary to what you may have heard, Rome loves the Sisters! When you love someone, you show concern. And, recently, the Vatican expressed some concerns about the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents a lot of Sisters. That expression of concern [Read More...]

Transformative Passion

2004 Passion Christ carrying cross

I had more material from my interview with Dawn Eden about her new book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, so I have been sharing it here; and now a second installment: “How can Christ’s Passion strengthen me? What does it mean to have him live in [Read More...]

Do You Have Anything to Say About The Change?

In case you haven’t had to notice yet, the definition of religious liberty has changed in recent days, by order of regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s the power this president believes is appropriate. And the HHS rule mandating employers provide coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs that was announced [Read More...]