Questions for Today. Now.

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A priest poses them, after a reflection you might take the time to read and meditate on for a few moments during this busy day: It is Lent 2013, Tuesday of the first week. How’s your prayer going? How’s mine? It is this turning to God that is so utterly crucial in our world today, [Read More...]

Coffee Talk with God

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I was going to send some friends the beautiful text on serving the poor in Monday’s Magnificat, but I never wound up sending that. Subscribe to Magnifcat! You won’t be disappointed with what you find there. I wasn’t trying to be stingy though, that wasn’t my reason for holding back. It’s that I found what [Read More...]

Pray for the Church!

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One of my favorite responses to the pope’s news Monday came from the Knights of Columbus. It was a prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter, and Your [Read More...]

Pope Benedict, the Catholic Church and the Dignity of Man

I love this video from Monday: George Weigel keeps his eye on the prize here. This is a good model of communicating in uncertain times, subtly and clearly communicating Gospel truth with fraternal love. That’s what we’ve been trying to do with Catholic Voices USA — help people who love the Catholic Church do just [Read More...]

What the Pope Said to Me, to Us

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I met the Holy Father in October. It was a brief encounter — at the opening Mass for the Year of Faith, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the convening of the Synod of the New Evangelization — during which Pope Benedict XVI gave me the most [Read More...]

Why a Pope? What’s This Catholic Business Anyway?

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In answer to some questions folks might have as we’re all focused on Rome, an exchange I had with my friend George Weigel on the publication of his new book, Evangelical Catholicism: LOPEZ: “In a cultural environment where all authority is suspect and the notion of divine authority is thought to be a psychological hangover [Read More...]

Lent with Love

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This isn’t theologically correct, but I do feel a bit like Lent began Monday this year for Catholics, with the humility of the Holy Father demonstrated so boldly in his shocking, loving announcement. In his Lenten message, the Holy Father reflects: Christians are people who have been conquered by Christ’s love and accordingly, under the [Read More...]

‘God Is Always There. The Holy Spirit Does Not Go on Holidays.’

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What a beautiful reflection on the Pope Benedict’s news this week, from a cardinal in the room for the announcement, Francis Cardinal Arinze from Nigeria! As someone who knows the Holy Father he says: “I haven’t any doubt about his wisdom,” the cardinal said. “He doesn’t rush. He is not rash. He is gentle. But [Read More...]


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