Toward Eternity

It’s that changing-of-the-calendar time again. There are memories we run through. Regrets we have. Resolutions we make. There tends to be lots of reflection on losses and gains. There is unfinished business. And there is a conscience to examine. And — please, God — we look ahead with hope. But hope for what? I’ve been [Read More...]

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The Human Family, an Icon of God

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Scott Hahn’s new book, Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does), is a beautiful one. In it he writes about the Holy Family, whose feast we celebrate today: Salvation arrives by way of the family — the Holy Family. The household of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph became a “home away [Read More...]

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‘the Visitation was a beautiful gift for all of us’

Earlier this month, the Vatican released a report assessing the lives of and challenges faced by religious sisters in the United States. (I’ve written about it for here and here and here and here.) Through Catholic Voices USA and other work I’ve recently been meeting sisters I barely knew existed. Among them: sisters from the [Read More...]

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Yes, the Pope’s Speech Monday Is Pretty Awesome

It’s also very typical of him. Give or take a few details, it’s a great guide to an examination of conscience for anyone. (More thoughts here.) As Greg Erlandson puts it in a column in Our Sunday Visitor reflecting on the North Korean Sony hacking (of all things!): As Catholics, we know that none of [Read More...]

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Advice on Giving the Gift of Peace this Christmas

From the Imitation of Christ (and today’s Liturgy of the Hours): When a man humbles himself for his faults, he more easily pleases others and mollifies those he has angered. God protects and frees a humble man; He loves and consoles a humble man; He favors a humble man; He showers him with graces; then, [Read More...]

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‘It is a beautiful time for religious life in the Church’

Mother Agnes M. Donovan’s statement on the final report of the Apostolic Visitation. Mother Agnes founded the Sisters of Life with Cardinal John O’Connor and is chair of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious: When the Apostolic Visitation of Women’s Religious communities in the United States was announced, the Members of the Council [Read More...]

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The Visitator Is a Woman!

Just a little point. The so-called “Vatican investigation of nuns” had as its facilitator a religious sister. This was not a hostile intervention, but a collaborative process seeking revitalization during challenging times. You can read her prepared statement: I imagine that each of the women religious here present and those who are following this press [Read More...]

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U.S. Sister Talks about Freedom, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Joy

The Vatican has released its report on women religious in the United States. More about it here. This morning I was particularly taken with the statement of Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM, from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, delivered in Rome. Like everyone, like the report itself she was frank. But I [Read More...]

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