B16 Teaches Us How to Live


I’ve been saying this morning that if John Paul II showed us how to die, Pope Benedict XVI is showing us how to step aside in humility and love. But it is so much more than that even. He shows us how to live. The pope’s resignation statement is extraordinary. And it’s not the resigning [Read More...]

The Object of My Affection, 2013 Remake


This might be on your mind already because Valentine’s Day is this week, but here’s an action item: Invite a married couple to drop their kids off for the night some night, invite some single men and women from work or church to dinner with some others for dinner. Do something to support marriage, to [Read More...]

‘It was over in a very short time.’

Indeed it is. With haste, we ought to reflect on the witness of the martyrs we remember today. The witness of the last moments of the life of Saint Paul Miki and his companions — Father Bursar, Brother Martin, Brother Francis Branco …. there were six Franciscans, three Jesuits, fifteen Japanese tertiaries and two Japanese [Read More...]

Have You Seen John Boehner’s Desk?

A tour of Catholicism in the Speaker’s office. [Read more...]

‘Strive for Peace with Everyone’


Every once in a while — a little more often than that lately perhaps — I get into conversations with people about peace. Pax Christi, you know. It can seem a foreign thing, with all our noise and anxieties, all our concerns and responsibilities, so many burdens weighing on us. But when we know we [Read More...]

Set Out to Pray. He Will Take It from There.

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If you find yourself restless and distracted, advice from a Carmelite, Sr. Ruth Burrows, via the indispensable Magnificat: I do not think readers would want to be bored to tears by an account of what goes on in my head during prayer! Distractions are my unfailing companions at prayer; but I have learned that prayer [Read More...]

‘love, real love, divine, unconditional love, actually happens in human lives’


It is true. “Love, real love, divine, unconditional love, actually happens in human lives.” I know this is true, in part, because I had a teacher when I was an undergraduate at the Catholic University of America who radiated it. He was Fr. Kurt Pritzl, who taught philosophy, generosity, faith, and love. He taught fortitude. [Read More...]

March for Life Is a Marathon

The March for Life isn’t just a political protest but a marathon! Literally. My friends at Life Runners take that seriously and are holding the Inaugural Nellie Gray 5K Run/Walk with Kids 1K Fun Run Saturday morning in Washington, after the March today. Jeff Grabosky is co-director of the event and author of Running with [Read More...]