The Precious Gift of Each Child

As I’m still sitting by a Christmas tree and a manger scene as I write, I’m sort of stuck at the moment on Christmas and the reality that it needs to penetrate our lives. And I’m finding myself haunted — as we all ought to be, and some of us are, inescapably, with a deep [Read More...]

The Family that Prays Together Makes Saints Together

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“The house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where one learns to listen, meditate on and penetrate the profound meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, following the example of Mary, Joseph and Jesus,” Pope Benedict XVI told an audience gathered on the Feast of the Holy Family, just days after Christmas, [Read More...]

Pope John Paul II, Marxist, in Bethlehem

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The M word in the title is, of course, a joke … The message of the Gospel, of course, remains the same under Pope Francis — and so much of what he says is an (not all that simple but radical) invitation to Christ, to know God’s love and mercy. On my birthday (random fact) [Read More...]

Is Pope Francis a Marxist?

Michael Coren, author of the new book, The Future of Catholicism, and I had this exchange recently, which may be of interest if this is a question in your mind: LOPEZ: You write that in the face of liberation theology, Pope Francis, before he was pope, “was obliged to work out his own deeply Catholic [Read More...]

What’s a Good Gift to Give for Christmas?

Helping someone with this, everyday: God calls you to make definitive choices, and he has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment. God calls each of us to be holy, to live his life, but he has a particular path [Read More...]

Full of Grace!: The Blessed Mother, Kate Middleton, and Every Woman

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Earlier this year, I interviewed Pat Gohn, wife, mother, and catechist, and author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood, for National Review Online. There was much to talk about. And now, perhaps as you are looking for one last (or first!) Christmas gift — or sitting down to reflect on [Read More...]

We’re So Strange

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Earlier this year, I interviewed Elizabeth Scalia, known best as “The Anchoress” online, about her book, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (which I also wrote about here). Pope Francis keeps talking about the dangers of idolatry in our lives, here are some extended exclusive questions and answers with Elizabeth about our inclinations [Read More...]

Hearts Swelled with Hope

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A good Advent image — especially when trying to make sense of what the so-called Francis effect is really about: Jesus accomplishes his work as Savior without any ostentation, simply and humbly; he does not present himself as a conqueror, but rather as one who is meek; as a poor man who has come to [Read More...]


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