A Labor of Christian Love: Encountering Renewal in Bismarck

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I’m spending Labor Day weekend on the campus of the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota for a conference on the future of Catholic education (@UMary happens to be bit of an exciting and expanding beacon of just that. It’s a celebration of one of the University of Mary’s latest acquisitions, Don Briel, who [Read More...]

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Hail Mary Pass for Christians Under Fire

What if at the top of every waking hour, we each prayed a “Hail Mary” for persecuted Christians in the world? What if every waking hour we did this for those who suffer for – and with — Christ? As we’re overwhelmed by headlines, this is something we can do. Set a reminder, do what [Read More...]

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He Never Tired of Repeating That Only Name that Counts

Today (August 20) has been the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a saint close to the heart of the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. To know St. Bernard is to understand what passion flows from the heart of God for man. In the Liturgy of the Hours today is this from the abbot of [Read More...]

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Was Your Prayer a Failure?

This was one of the questions a journalist asked Pope Francis on the plane ride back to Rome from Korea: Given what has happened in Gaza, was the Prayer for Peace held in the Vatican on June 8 a failure? Pope Francis answered, in part (according to the English transcript reporter Gerald O’Connell wrote up, [Read More...]

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For Korea, for St. Louis, for the World

A few words about peace from Pope Francis, upon landing in Korea: The quest for peace also represents a challenge for each of us, and in a particular way for those of you dedicated to the pursuit of the common good of the human family through the patient work of diplomacy. It is the perennial [Read More...]

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The Solace in His Scars

On the feast of St. Thomas the apostle, he whose unbelief helps us in our belief, I happened to reread this passage from the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on “The Scars of Christ: A Lesson on Enduring Faith” from the book Characters of the Passion. The scars of Christ have a starring role in [Read More...]

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We Can’t Give Up on Politics: Pope Francis & the Restoration Imperative

It’s not sufficient — or acceptable — to be cynical about politics. It’s absolutely true that politics won’t solve our problems and save our souls, but disengagement is not a moral option. In his latest media interview, Pope Francis observes, when asked about the heads of state who have come to visit him during his [Read More...]

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You Don’t Have to be a Monk to Be Changed and Transformed

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With the Beatitudes as our identity card, we are called to live life “changed and transformed” in the Trinity. Wednesday’s Magnificat had a meditation from Pseudo-Macarius, an Egyptian monk and hermit, that helps those of us who are not in the hermitage. It began: Our souls must be changed and transformed from the present state [Read More...]

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