Do We Even Know What We’re Talking about When We Talk about the Catholic Church?

Conversations about the Catholic Church often get weighed down by all kinds of myths that not only confuse people and keep them from the truth of what the Church teaches, but it hurts people and prevents ecumenical healing. In a new book, The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church, Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy [Read More...]

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

In a speech to leaders in the arts and science in Malta in May, 1990, Blessed John Paul II said: Of course the economic, political, and social dimensions of life require careful attention and forthright commitment on the part of all. But at the same time it is necessary to reaffirm adamantly the primacy of [Read More...]

The Eternal Campaign

I’m using up the remaining minutes on my satellite time on the National Review post-election cruise (more on this shortly) and couldn’t think of any better way to return to dry land than with what Pope Benedict had to offer in his Angelus address this morning, based on today’s Gospel reading: “Everything passes, but the [Read More...]

‘They give their trust entirely to God and are rewarded for it.’

Pope Benedict Sunday pointed to the greatest challenge of surrender. It is the greatest sacrifice, the key to the greatest joy, a life of the fullest freedom: A willing labor and living in service to the Will of God. It’s worth pointing out because the renewal we so desperately need will never happen without it. [Read More...]

An Election 2012 Victory

Politics is imperfect, but then so are we. [Read more...]

The Good Will

And so, when he entered the world, Christ said, “Behold, I come to do your will, O God” (Heb 10:5-7). “Obedience” is the new name of “love”! Over the course of his life, the Gospels portray Jesus as always intent on performing the will of the Father. To Mary and Joseph who searched for him [Read More...]

Purification & Healing

Here is a reflection for today: God has created us for himself and, in the words of Saint Augustine, our hearts are restless until they find their rest in him. Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love. In love, which seeks [Read More...]

After the Election

Reread what Carl Anderson said. There’s an awakening, despite ourselves, our votes… [Read more...]