Prayer Matters


My dear friend Karen Goodwin writes a beautiful reflection on her recent pilgrimage to Lourdes. She titles it “Eucharisteo,” the deepest gratitude. She writes: In the prior six months, I’d suffered a breast cancer recurrence, received two subsequent diagnoses of different types of colon cancer, and later the threat of a cervical malignancy. In my [Read More...]

My Favorite Description of Paul Ryan

came from Mitt Romney Thursday night in his nomination acceptance speech when he said: “I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he’s not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.” That says a lot about a man and his goals in public service. When you combine [Read More...]

A Prayer for ‘Righteous Living’ at the Republican Convention


Last night in Tampa, Timothy Cardinal Dolan lead the Tampa Bay Times Forum in prayer: With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray: Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America [Read More...]

‘everything we do, everything we say, every public posture we take should bring people closer to Jesus’

So Timothy Cardinal Dolan said yesterday on his Sirius radio show. That’s the sorta thing you would hear from a pastor. And he reminded listeners that that is his primary role yesterday. (See more about his pastoral role in the public square here.) Speaking about praying at the conventions, he said: Part of prayer is [Read More...]

CUA, Times Two

My alma mater, the Catholic University of America, makes two appearances in today’s New York Times Weddings/Celebrations section today.  Neither couple was married in a Catholic Church, but it’s also not clear that they are Catholic, just some Catholic schooling. And Catholic schools do serve all. Prayers for their lives and their openness to the [Read More...]

Sex Marks the Marriage


A cultural upside: Apparently we are among “the most puritanical nations” as we have been resisting “the notion of adultery most rigorously.” Catherine Hakim, writing in the Telegraph based on a new book she’s written, is perplexed by the sour and rigid English view of affairs. Marital love and passion only rarely provide an equally [Read More...]


We live in a culture that talks a lot about women, but only wants to hear some of their stories, Jennifer Fulwiler writes: A fundamental belief in secular society is that the female reproductive system is something to be feared and controlled. Thus, only women whose stories validate that “truth” have their stories heard. Look at [Read More...]

Quick Sunday Word from a Woman in Love


For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. – St. Thérèse of Lisieux More on prayer here. [Read more...]