A Little Mood Music for the Petrine Feast Today

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What a remarkable day today! To have, as the second Friday of Lent, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, a day where the whole Church joins in a common prayer for our beloved Holy Father, as he transitions into the final stage of his life. We pray for the cardinals who will be [Read More...]

In Which We Are Reminded We Might Have a New Pope By (Next) Easter

My impression is most cardinals who had to buy plane tickets are betting on a pre-Palm Sunday return home, but this video does remind you it’s certainly possible the conclave drags on longer: I’m not betting on that. But I’m also not keen on gambling when it comes to the pope. It’s a good video [Read More...]

My Last Interview. My Last Interview?!

someone referred to this as my “Last interview,” which is literally correct and now making the day quite ominous and urgent. they should always be the latter, so I ought to get over the former. By the way, aside from anything else, Jonathan Last ought to get some kind of award for the title of [Read More...]

B16: Imagine a World That Could See Only Mercy!

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This comes from a November 2010 audience where Pope Benedict XVI was talking up a woman, Catherine of Siena. Like with everything B16, it is all worth reading, but don’t let this day end without meditating on his closer: Dear brothers and sisters, let us learn from St Catherine to love Christ and the Church [Read More...]

Best of B16: Knowing the Meaning of Life

Also from May 2011: The human being of all times prays because he cannot fail to wonder about the meaning of his life, which remains obscure and discomforting of it is not put in relations to the mystery of God and if his plan for the world. Human life is a fabric woven of good [Read More...]

Best of B16: On the ‘Good Fight of Faith’

From May 2011: Our entire lives are like this long night of struggle and prayer, spent in desiring and asking for God’s blessing, which cannot be grabbed or won through our own strength but must be received with humility from him as a gratuitous gift that ultimately allows us to recognize the Lord’s face. And [Read More...]

We Will Always Need a Savior

A friend shared earlier today that her young son asked if he could start Lent over again. Indeed! We’ll fall, but we can get back up! Knowing we are failing, wanting to be better, means we know we need a Savior. And thanks be to God we have one. On Sunday we heard the Gospel [Read More...]

We Are Not Alone

From one of the great teachers, Fr. James Schall, in his Another Sort of Learning: Seeking is what life is about, this life that we are given, and we begin our search from our own insufficiency. But we are not alone, and this is testified to by the many men and women who have gone [Read More...]


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