The Pope Has Left the Vatican. What Do We Do?

This interregnum period in the Church — and happening, as it is, during Lent — is one that calls us all to deep prayer and reflection. We are a people called to pray unceasingly, and we do so in unity with the Holy Father, now but a pilgrim in the last stage, an intensely private [Read More...]

A Father’s Farewell, Shepherding Us Forward

Cardinals have gathered in Rome to say goodbye to Pope Benedict, to thank him, and to focus in prayer and deliberation on the papal conclave to come, to elect a new man to the Chair of St. Peter. They do so with full knowledge that there is deep renewal (see George Weigel here) and reform [Read More...]

Saying Thank You

When I had the chance to speak with the Holy Father briefly this fall, I thanked him. I thanked him for Jesus of Nazareth, the series he gave us, helping us better know the Son of God, Divine Mercy and Love. Every person I was with that day, receiving messages from him for the world, [Read More...]

Preventing Death!

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A caution from Blessed John Paul II: “Modern man experiences the threat of spiritual indifference and even of the death of conscience; and this death is something deeper than sin, it is the killing of the sense of sin.” — Blessed Pope John Paul II, Angelus, April 1, 1979 [Read more...]

How Can We Live the Gospel?

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Lent “might be understood as a yearly journey from ashes to living flame, from death to life,” Fr. R. Scott Hurd writes in his handy Lenten reflection book, The Living Gospel (the Kindle edition is 99 cents on Amazon — and bound edition is not much more!). Also the author of a book on forgiveness, [Read More...]

Live from Rome

George Weigel on the reform-minded conclave to come. [Read more...]

Jesus for Pope, Jesus for Our Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday …

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I’ll be honest: I hesitated before agreeing to write this piece for the New York Daily News about Cardinal Dolan and the papacy. Pretty much for the reasons Archbishop Chaput laid out recently: Who will be the next Pope? Nobody knows, and while speculating about the future can be a pleasant form of entertainment, it’s [Read More...]

The World Needs Us Standing at the Foot of Calvary

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And resting in this knowledge: The Cross leads us spiritually to Calvary. With Mary we stand at the feet of the dying Christ. The Cross speaks to us of the mercy of God. Let us be won over by this boundless mercy that summons us, transfigures us, and saves us. It is the way to [Read More...]


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