MLK Jr. Teaches Us There Is Nothing New Under the Sun

I was just re-reading this piece by the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus — who marched on Washington 50 years ago — on Martin Luther King Jr. After commenting on a biographer who wasn’t all that impressed with King’s preaching, Fr. Neuhaus shared: Every preacher who has been around a while finds consolation in the [Read More...]

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Bring People to Christ, Don’t Throw Commandments at Them

A homily for Monday; spiritual guidance includes this nugget: Say yes when you mean yes, say no when you mean no. The rest is from the Devil. [Read more...]

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The Best Response to Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke on MTV Sunday

While I did write one myself (The VMAization of America), the best reflection comes from Paul Claudel, via Magnificat Monday, from a meditation of his on the Apostles’ Creed: We live… in a state of disorder. There has been a corruption of the original order, of the order that charged all things to become visible; [Read More...]

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How About Some Love Overwhelming, Everlasting?

Earlier this week, I spent way more time than I needed to reading — and then writing about –- a BBC profile in polyamory, that is: four people living together in “love.” (My Corner post about it is titled: “If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Need Google Calendar.”) As we are reminded of the [Read More...]

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Are We Fasting and Praying for Christians in Egypt?

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From Sam Tadros yesterday in the Wall Street Journal: Why Virgin Mary Church endured until modern times is a mystery. Some churches in Cairo survived because Coptic popes made them their residence. Being built on a place Jesus and his mother had visited gave others in Egypt a claim to fame and a chance at [Read More...]

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Got Heavenly Wisdom & Apostolic Courage?

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Whenever I am in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C., I try to stop by the chapel remembering the life of St. Pius X, whose feast day we celebrate August 21. The prayer above the kneeler is one that reminds us of what we want and need, what the [Read More...]

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How Does the Last Become First?

Tuesday’s Gospel, from Matthew, is a big dose of detachment. We’re told it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for the worldly to enter the kingdom of God. Like the jarring Gospel from Sunday, and the instruction to sell everything and follow yesterday, we sure [Read More...]

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What Does It Mean to Be on Fire with Faith?

Sunday’s Gospel reading was a palpably unnerving one. One subject to misunderstanding, even, I suspect, temptations to frustration and anger. From Luke: Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and [Read More...]

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