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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...]

‘I can’t hate you because whatever you brought into Boston was enough hate for a good long while’

There is something “>here that is trying to make Christianity real, in real time, in real life. Words have lost meaning. But we can re=infuse them. And we can afford to err on the side of real love. It’s more than a Neil Diamond song. It’s more than a blog or Facebook post. It begins [Read More...]

Got Virtue?

This comes from Cardinal O’Malley in Boston on the first Sunday after the marathon bombing: This past week we have experienced a surge in civic awareness and sense of community. It has been inspiring to see the generous and at times heroic responses to the Patriots Day violence. Our challenge is to keep this spirit [Read More...]

I Love How Vatican Radio Translates F1 with Three Exclamation Points!!!

In his Regina Caeli address Sunday, Pope Francis said: Jesus wants to establish a relationship with his friends that is a reflection of His relationship with the Father, a relationship of mutual belonging in full trust, in intimate communion. To express this deep understanding, this relationship of friendship Jesus uses the image of the shepherd [Read More...]

A Good and Holy Thing

How do we live faith? Where do we begin? Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix offers a prayer for us: To receive the gift of faith today, to accept the grace of hearing the voice of Jesus and responding to Him in trust, requires an intellect that is ready for contemplation. At its deepest level, the intellect [Read More...]

Habemus Papam!

Eight years ago today: The new pope would say a few days later: My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that [Read More...]


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