People Need to Be Touched By the Lord

We must open doors, Pope Francis implored at Mass this morning. He said that “the people God are always asking for something closer to Jesus, they are sometimes a bit insistent in this. But it is the insistence of those who believe.” Those who truly love and long for Him can keep us honest if/when [Read More...]

Still Running the Race

Yesterday on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley talked about remarkable resiliency of the people in Moore, Oklahoma. He talked about meeting a 94-year-old woman whose home was destroyed in the tornado this week. This was the second time he had a home destroyed in a tornado, the firs ttime was [Read More...]

Commencement Day Was Mother’s Day at Notre Dame

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During his commencement address at Notre Dame University on Pentecost Sunday, Cardinal Dolan reminded Notre Dame of its best: It’s Notre Dame. In his commencement address yesterday, he said: Here at Notre Dame we do not strive to be like Harvard or Oxford, but like Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Calvary, and the Upper Room at Pentecost [Read More...]

I Will Always Love You, Pentecost Sunday Edition

I’m officially excited about Pentecost. Some of the readings of the last week have been amazing, haven’t they? Oh, that Gospel According to John! That’s apostolic writing! It conveys Christ’s love for us and the love that is the Trinity in the most penetrating ways. If we really enter into the Gospel this week, how [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan, Andrew Cuomo and Our Limited Attention Spans

Cardinal Dolan has been talking about the evil of abortion for some time — offering the arms of the Catholic Church in support and healing. The Church position on abortion is clear. He has said that when he talks to the governor of New York he talks to him about these things. All the media [Read More...]

Making Abortion Unthinkable

“A primary mandate of our day,” is “to make abortion unthinkable by infusing the culture with the dignity and joy of the alternatives.” “We need this culture to be awash with beautiful, uplifting stories of love and courage. Of motherhood — biological and spiritual. We need people tripping over stories of self-sacrifice and the redemptive [Read More...]

The Mother’s Day Challenge

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While speaking at the Ball for Life in Manhattan the other night, I suggested we all do this: 1. Pray a Marian prayer ever day for mothers who need support. The Memorare, perhaps? Pick one of your own choosing. 2. Tell three people about the work of Good Counsel, which runs maternity homes and helps [Read More...]

On Mothering

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Via Pat Gohn’s new book on women, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: A spiritual mother is a yes. But she is neither a doormat nor someone who insinuates herself into someone’s life. She is asked—or she offers—and makes gracious replies in every case. She makes room in her person, in her heart, in her life for [Read More...]


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