Preventing Death!

Pope John Paul II with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1979

A caution from Blessed John Paul II: “Modern man experiences the threat of spiritual indifference and even of the death of conscience; and this death is something deeper than sin, it is the killing of the sense of sin.” — Blessed Pope John Paul II, Angelus, April 1, 1979 [Read more...]

How Can We Live the Gospel?

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Lent “might be understood as a yearly journey from ashes to living flame, from death to life,” Fr. R. Scott Hurd writes in his handy Lenten reflection book, The Living Gospel (the Kindle edition is 99 cents on Amazon — and bound edition is not much more!). Also the author of a book on forgiveness, [Read More...]

Live from Rome

George Weigel on the reform-minded conclave to come. [Read more...]

Jesus for Pope, Jesus for Our Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday …

Abp Dolan in Jerusalem Jan 2012

I’ll be honest: I hesitated before agreeing to write this piece for the New York Daily News about Cardinal Dolan and the papacy. Pretty much for the reasons Archbishop Chaput laid out recently: Who will be the next Pope? Nobody knows, and while speculating about the future can be a pleasant form of entertainment, it’s [Read More...]

The World Needs Us Standing at the Foot of Calvary

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And resting in this knowledge: The Cross leads us spiritually to Calvary. With Mary we stand at the feet of the dying Christ. The Cross speaks to us of the mercy of God. Let us be won over by this boundless mercy that summons us, transfigures us, and saves us. It is the way to [Read More...]

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...]


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