Be Not of This World

Oh my goodness, the continuity, and the Spirit unleashed! That’s my continued experience of Pope Francis. This morning’s homily is no exception. He talked about that when we, members of the Body of Christ in the Church, become of the world, we cannot transmit the Gospel to others. Isn’t this so much of the problem? [Read More...]

A New Voice for U.S. Bishops & Women in the Catholic Church

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After Jorge Cardinal Bergolio was elected pope, on the morning of his installation Mass, Timothy Cardinal Dolan passed right by me as I was doing an interview with the NET-TV outside St. Peter’s Basilica, on his way up to an interview with The Today Show. In his interview, Cardinal Dolan talked with enthusiasm and gratitude [Read More...]

How God Makes His Dwelling with Us

“Abandon yourself for Him, learning from this Jesus who in order to give you the life of grace gave up his bodily life,” Saint Catherine of Siena says. “And as a sign of his generosity he opened up his whole self by creating a bath within his open side after he died, to show us [Read More...]

Late-Term Pregnancies Every Day?

There are so many chilling aspects of the new Live Action video from a Bronx, N.Y., clinic. I write some about it here. One is where, after advising flushing a dead baby down a toilet if it came to it, a clinic worker assures the undercover reporter that abortions on women at 23 weeks happen [Read More...]

This Too Will Pass … into Glory!

If we make the right choice — to live in trusting surrender to God, we have nothing to worry about. We have challenges and pain and bills to pay, of course. Some challenges that were once unthinkable and can be unspeakable. In it all, we believe that we are in union with it all that [Read More...]

Need to Know

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the Kermit Gosnell case: The brutality in abortion is intimate, personal and permanent. It violates women, and it kills a developing human life every time — whether the venue is a “Women’s Medical Center”-style meat factory or a soothing suburban clinic. What makes the Gosnell story unique is that it [Read More...]

Lady Thatcher Offers Words to Live — and Legislate By

From Margaret Thatcher, via her funeral homily last week: Christianity offers no easy solutions to political and economic issues. It teaches us that we cannot achieve a compassionate society simply by passing new laws and appointing more staff to administer them. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Can’t Do This By Himself!

A reflection on Tuesday’s Gospel reading: are we men and women of …encouragement, enthusiastically trying to inspire others to grow in faith, to come more deeply into their friendship with Christ, inviting them and facilitating for them to use the gifts God has given them to share in the work of spreading the faith? The [Read More...]


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