Five Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today

1. The Gospel of John continues to be the best commentary on our lives, times, and the news. From today’s first reading: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. 2. Start again. Right now. Every morning. This is a nice reminder from a young Dominican brother with a nuclear engineering degree. 3. God’s love [Read More…]

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Five Catholic Things that Caught My Eye Today

More on cool Canadian St. Andre Bessett. Phil Lawler proposes we suspend the debate on the encyclical on the environment until it appears. (And in decent English translation, we pray!) George Weigel on Africa’s Catholic moment. The pope emphasized the importance of mothers today. From the Vatican Radio translation: speaking of motherhood, the Pope said [Read More…]

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5 Catholic Things That Caught My Eye This Morning

1. Pope Francis warns of the #DamnedDevil again today in his Epiphany homily: Along the way, the wise men encountered many difficulties. Once they reached Jerusalem, they went to the palace of the king, for they thought it obvious that the new king would be born in the royal palace. There they lost sight of [Read More…]

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Bro. Was One Cool Canadian

I love going back to read old Pope Benedict XVI homilies and talks, particularly what he has to say about holy men and women. Here he is talking about Bro. André Bessette, a Canadian and Holy Cross brother (whose images was all over Notre Dame’s campus last time I was there), who died in 1937. [Read More…]

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5 Catholic Things That Caught My Eye Today

1. How that whole Dominican thing got its start: Fr. Gabriel Gillen writes about the birth of St. Dominic, with the help of photos in and around St. Dominic’s Church in D.C. all taken by Fr. Lawrence Lew. (For my interview (“Tweeting the Gospel”) with Fr. Lew about his very visual social media ministry, click [Read More…]

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The Saint John Who Walked the Streets of NYC, Philly, Ohio …

January 5 is the feast day of St. John Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. That’s not a bad way to start out the first full work-week of the year during which Pope Francis plans to visit the “City of Brotherly Love.” (Take a tour of Catholic holy sites in my recent National Review Online [Read More…]

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Pressing on Toward Bethlehem

From Pope Francis’s homily at the Epiphany Mass at St. Peter’s in Rome last year: On the feast of the Epiphany, as we recall Jesus’ manifestation to humanity in the face of a Child, may we sense the Magi at our side, as wise companions on the way. Their example helps us to lift our [Read More…]

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Got Thirst?

In talking about St.Gregory Nazianzen in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI highlighted just what are lives are about: Gregory teaches us first and foremost the importance and necessity of prayer. He says: “It is necessary to remember God more often than one breathes” (Orationes 27, 4: PG 250, 78), because prayer is the encounter of God’s [Read More…]

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