After the Boston Marathon Attack: What Can We Do?

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God be with those who suffer because of yesterday’s attack at the Boston marathon. What was to be a day of achievement and celebration became one marked by death and destruction, pain and fear. Thanks be to God for the hope, even here. As Cardinal O’Malley put it: In the midst of the darkness of [Read More...]

Will You Be a Saint? Make a Choice.

It is the only thing that matters. That was the message Archbishop Charles J. Chaput delivered in an address in Philadelphia: We’re all called to martyrdom. That’s what the word martyr means: It’s the Greek word for “witness.” We may or may not ever suffer personally for our love of Jesus Christ, but we’re all [Read More...]

‘There Is No More Room for Anxiety’

With Pope Benedict XVI in the background praying for us, I figure we have a novel opportunity to review a master teacher’s reflections. So much of what Pope Frances is screaming from the rooftops, albeit tenderly, Pope Benedict XVI talked at some length about. B16 knew we needed another voice to more fully get our [Read More...]

Why Go to a Priest for Confession?

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You know how Pope Francis keeps repeating himself? How he keeps talking about the mercy of God and pleading with the world to go to our tender, loving Father? On Divine Mercy Sunday at high noon Mass in Washington, D.C., Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P. ran with this clear theme — so needed by the [Read More...]

An Annunciation Prayer

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This first annual “Leave the Abortion Industry Day” sure is around some powerful feasts — yesterday’s Divine Mercy and today’s Annunciation. I interviewed Abby Johnson about this outgrowth of a ministry for abortion workers who want to get out of the industry she’s founded here. Johnson is the former Planned Parenthood director who authored a [Read More...]

Why We Celebrate Mary

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She devoted herself totally to God, by the grace of almighty God, for our redemption. And you and I, we’re called to do the same. She — the woman who bore our Savior in her womb and watched His walk and Him die — will walk with us. From Vatican Council II: Embracing God’s salvific [Read More...]

When I Hear ‘Peace’

I think silence. I think Silent Night. I think of the continuity between Christmas and Easter. And I remember we must get on with being missionary people, already. Which, of course, is only made possible done in prayer, with the grace only God’s peaceful, merciful love can provide. [Read more...]

Peace

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comes from experiencing God’s mercy. Once again, Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, on the Sunday after Easter, speaks of Divine mercy. It is the message the world is desperate to hear. Which is why he keeps repeating himself. More from the Vatican Radio translation: Peace be with you. These words – he said – [Read More...]


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