Father! Father!

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One of the surprising delights of the new movie Gimmie Shelter is the presence of a Catholic priest. Inspired by a real Catholic priest working with Several Sources Shelters, James Earl Jones plays the father whose wisdom, and guidance and love a girl called Apple so needs. He arrives after she’s reached the point of [Read More...]

No Time Like Today for an Epiphany!

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As Pope Francis announces his own journey to the Holy Land, we are invited daily to meet Christ in the Eucharist. Magnificat has Pope Benedict reflecting on the Epiphany (from his homily just last year): Human beings have an innate restlessness for God, but this restlessness is a participation in God’s own restlessness for us…. [Read More...]

She Is a Saint! What Is a Saint?

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From Paul VI, as he canonized St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Being a Saint means being perfect, with a perfection that attains the highest level that a human being can reach. A Saint is a human creature fully conformed to the will of God. A Saint is a person in whom all sin-the principle of death-is [Read More...]

Where Religious Freedom Flourishes, So Do Women

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A happened upon this piece while Googling St. Elizabeth Ann Seton earlier. I almost titled this post The Little Sisters of the Poor Are Women, Too. Seton is a timely saint to celebrate! (But then what saint isn’t? But a blessed New Yorker sure hits close to home!) From that piece: Where religious freedom flourishes, [Read More...]

Elizabeth Ann Seton, Holy New Yorker

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Behold a wise woman who has built her house. She feared the Lord and walked in the right path. That’s Saturday’s entrance antiphon to the Mass, as we celebrate the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who came to America, was received into the Catholic Church at St. Peter’s church in Manhattan (near where [Read More...]

The Precious Gift of Each Child

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As I’m still sitting by a Christmas tree and a manger scene as I write, I’m sort of stuck at the moment on Christmas and the reality that it needs to penetrate our lives. And I’m finding myself haunted — as we all ought to be, and some of us are, inescapably, with a deep [Read More...]

The Family that Prays Together Makes Saints Together

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“The house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where one learns to listen, meditate on and penetrate the profound meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, following the example of Mary, Joseph and Jesus,” Pope Benedict XVI told an audience gathered on the Feast of the Holy Family, just days after Christmas, [Read More...]

Pope John Paul II, Marxist, in Bethlehem

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The M word in the title is, of course, a joke … The message of the Gospel, of course, remains the same under Pope Francis — and so much of what he says is an (not all that simple but radical) invitation to Christ, to know God’s love and mercy. On my birthday (random fact) [Read More...]


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