The Catholic Church & a World of Good

I’m just catching up on reading and appreciated Kathleen Parker’s recent column on the media and the papal conclave. It is best summed up toward the end: “any evaluation of its present situation must also include recognition of the immense good that individual Catholics and the church do.” Thank you, sister. It’s funny to reflect [Read More...]

The Pope Checks His Watch

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Rome — People have fairly widely noticed the new pope kissing babies, stopping for the disabled, and giving a thumbs-up. Did you notice, too, that he checked his watch as he was processing out of St. Peter’s for Mass on Tuesday? The message I took from it was: Respect people’s time. The solemnity, the pomp [Read More...]

We Are All in St. Peter’s Square Today

One mom’s practical — and mystical — observation: From St. Peter, our first pope and disciple of Jesus, to Pope Francis, our 266th, somehow, through the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, a little preschooler from Wausau, Wisconsin is profoundly united in this historical, spiritual moment, with every single Catholic saint and sinner, who [Read More...]

Can I Pray for You at the Pope’s Installation Mass?

I will be at the pope’s installation mass Tuesday. Please let me know if you would like me keep your intentions in my prayers. [Read more...]

Habemus Papa!

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Rome — To be in St. Peter’s Square Wednesday night was to be at a family reunion. A disperse, divergent family, united by the Gospel, the Sacraments, the tradition, the history. When Pope Francis came out, there was great love. Even before he did … never before have I heard a crowd of tens of [Read More...]

Women of the World, Know You Are Loved by Love Himself!

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I was on FoxNews.com’s live show with Lauren Green earlier today, marking International Women’s Day and the announcement of a papal conclave start date. We talked a bit about women and the Church and what women want. As I indicated in a recent piece, if we look around, there is evidence that women want to [Read More...]

The Church & the World

After his election, Pope Benedict XVI said: The Church today must revive within herself an awareness of the task to present the world again with the voice of the One Who said: ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ [Read More...]

The Pope Has Left the Vatican. What Do We Do?

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This interregnum period in the Church — and happening, as it is, during Lent — is one that calls us all to deep prayer and reflection. We are a people called to pray unceasingly, and we do so in unity with the Holy Father, now but a pilgrim in the last stage, an intensely private [Read More...]


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