Defend Religious Freedom Today

Do it with confidence that it’s our duty and it is even a winning issue. Check it out. [Read more...]

Joy Is Demanding?

It is hard not notice that we sometimes talk about joy only when it is convenient to. At obvious reasons to be happy: That someone is getting married. That a child is born. But how the heck to be joyful when injustice engulfs and pain is palpable? In an Angelus message during a visit to [Read More...]

Are We on the Side of the Angels?

In opening Mass of the ongoing Novena to the Mother of God for Our Nation, Bishop James D. Conley said, on the feast of the archangels: Our vocation is to join the angels in their spiritual battle against evil. Our call is to share in their work. St. Paul exhorted the Ephesians to remember, that [Read More...]

Can We Be Ever-Grateful?

Job provides some inspiration in today’s first reading: one day, while his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were ploughing and the asses grazing beside them, and the Sabeans carried them off in a raid. They [Read More...]

Will Justin Timberlake Play You in the New Social Network?

The theme of World Communications Day in May has been announced by the Pontifical Council of Social Communications: “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.” In a statement, the Council provides a worthwhile, challenging reflection: During a time in which technology has emerged as part of the fabric of connectivity of [Read More...]

There Are Christians in Hollywood

Catholic schools and Catholicism come up during my chats with Mike and Chip Flaherty, the execs at Walden Media behind the movie Won’t Back Down, out today. [Read more...]

Do We Know How to Vote?

By remembering that “Jesus calls us to a unity of life — to a faith that embraces all of life,” Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles advises. In his most recent column for the archdiocesan paper, he writes: we owe God the duty of our sincere and true faith. That means we can never [Read More...]

Do You Know What’s Truly Great?

Today’s Angelus message ought to make everyone feel a little less lost. Reflecting on Matthew’s gospels, Pope Benedict said: reading this part of the story of Mark, it is clear that between Jesus and the disciples there is a deep interior distance; they are, so to speak, on two different wavelengths, so that the discourses [Read More...]