He Waits for Us All

Fr. Roger J. Landry recounts what happened 60 years ago today, and is happening today: It was September 21, 1953 and a teenage Jorge Bergoglio was planning to spend the day with friends. Before meeting with them at the train station, he stopped by to pray at his parish Church dedicated to St. Joseph. A [Read More...]

Desire Mercy

I recently subscribed to a daily Ignatian reflection from the Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality, a project of the endlessly impressive Fr. Robert J. Spitzer. Today Fr. Michael Maher — all S.J.s — connects the pope’s recent interview to the Gospel Saturday for the feast day of St. Matthew: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I [Read More...]

You Are Beloved

During one Saturday Mass this summer, a priest shared how surprised we might be that at the expensive, renowned institution of higher education where he was chaplain, how many students had deep doubts about their own dignity and worth. This is why Pope Francis pleads with us to know that we are loved children of [Read More...]

Why Would We Ever Long for the Cross?

St. Andrew of Crete explains (via the Liturgy of the Hours today): We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light. As we keep this feast, we are lifted up with the crucified Christ, leaving behind us earth and sin so that we may gain the things [Read More...]

Feel Deeply the Salvation of the Mystery of the Cross

Be human already! Christ became man for you, died for you, feel this, know this. This is Pope Francis’s full message of peace to the world. Pope Benedict knew he couldn’t plead like whoever the Holy Spirit had in mind to be our Holy Father in this hour. And, goodness, can Pope Francis plead. He [Read More...]

Eucharistic Enthusiasm

A friend is leading a pilgrimage in France and preached at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre: we’re supposed to make him in the Eucharist the biggest difference in our life, as our true priority, as the “source and summit” of our existence, the fulcrum of our week and day. In response to irreverence, he [Read More...]

You Have the Power

Friday was the feast of St. John Chrysostom. He advises: When your enemy falls into your hands, do not consider how you can pay him back and let him feel the sharp edge of your tongue before sending him packing; consider rather how you can heal him and restore him to a better frame of [Read More...]

Out of the Smoke of Poison and Death, Grace and Hope

Magnificat today excerpts an interview with Tiffiny Gulla,a composer and choreographer who was 29 years old on 9/11/01, working near the World Trade Center. In the fuller interview, she explains: I was standing on the corner of Liberty and Broadway. I remember suddenly running through a smoke cloud down the avenue toward the water to [Read More...]