‘everything we do, everything we say, every public posture we take should bring people closer to Jesus’

So Timothy Cardinal Dolan said yesterday on his Sirius radio show. That’s the sorta thing you would hear from a pastor. And he reminded listeners that that is his primary role yesterday. (See more about his pastoral role in the public square here.) Speaking about praying at the conventions, he said: Part of prayer is [Read More...]

CUA, Times Two

My alma mater, the Catholic University of America, makes two appearances in today’s New York Times Weddings/Celebrations section today.  Neither couple was married in a Catholic Church, but it’s also not clear that they are Catholic, just some Catholic schooling. And Catholic schools do serve all. Prayers for their lives and their openness to the [Read More...]

Sex Marks the Marriage


A cultural upside: Apparently we are among “the most puritanical nations” as we have been resisting “the notion of adultery most rigorously.” Catherine Hakim, writing in the Telegraph based on a new book she’s written, is perplexed by the sour and rigid English view of affairs. Marital love and passion only rarely provide an equally [Read More...]


We live in a culture that talks a lot about women, but only wants to hear some of their stories, Jennifer Fulwiler writes: A fundamental belief in secular society is that the female reproductive system is something to be feared and controlled. Thus, only women whose stories validate that “truth” have their stories heard. Look at [Read More...]

Quick Sunday Word from a Woman in Love


For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. – St. Thérèse of Lisieux More on prayer here. [Read more...]

Getting Real

Speaking to the heart of Catholic life, B16 today: Jesus presents himself as the living bread come down from heaven. May we always hunger for the gift of his presence in the Eucharistic sacrifice, wherein Jesus gives us his very self as food and drink to sustain us on our pilgrim journey to the Father. “I [Read More...]

March Mother Gray and the Long Run for Life


“She relied upon one power to guide her: the power of the Holy Spirit. She revealed it to be more effective than all the political strategy this world could formulate,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List said in tribute to Nellie Gray, founder of the March for Life, who died on Monday at [Read More...]

A Prayer for Today

Via the Liturgy of the Hours: Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit we may proclaim your praise [Read More...]