Reading ‘The Gospel of Joy’

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So let’s try this again. How many of us who have commented on “The Gospel of Joy” have read it all the way through, never mind let it settle in for reflection? George Weigel sets a nice “Black Friday” reboot in the Wall Street Journal today: The first nine months of the pontificate of Pope Francis have [Read More...]

There’s that Holy Father Francis Walking Us Through a More Discerning Life Again

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In his homily Friday morning Pope Francis said: the spirit of the world does not want a community: it wants a mob, thoughtless, without freedom According to the Vatican Radio translation, he advised: The Lord wants us to understand what happens, what happens in my heart, what happens in my life, what happens in the [Read More...]

The Tuesday Before Thanksgiving

has been an Evangelical Catholicism kinda day. [Read more...]

Our Exhortation from Rome

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Encounter with person of Christ lifts up the human person, it illuminates his dignity and transforms him, making it necessary for him to share this good news — this joy — this countercultural revolutionary tenderness and mercy, grace and salvation. Understanding this is understanding Evangelii Gaudium, the new document from Pope Francis. The Huffington Post might [Read More...]

Social Media at Its Best

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About two weeks ago now, I found myself unexpectedly in tears. I hadn’t quite realized, but I was standing on a Communion line behind Thomas Peters. Thomas is a young man who has worked at the National Organization for Marriage and written on occasion for National Review Online. One morning, shortly after the Supreme Court [Read More...]

In Gratitude for Catholic Leadership

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Over on National Review Online, I comment a little on the election of a new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Asked to comment on the election of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Catholic Speaker of the House John Boehner said in a statement: American Catholics are grateful to the bishops for reminding us [Read More...]

Amazon Chips Away at Civilization?

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Feeling overwhelmed? Can’t find up from down? Working to pay your taxes, tuition, with no time to breathe? Is being able to receive packages from Amazon.com on Sunday really what you need in your life? Aside from the fact it’s probably smart business for Amazon, and that it gives the postal service more of a [Read More...]

Will We Be Among All Saints?

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I’m not the only one humming “For All The Saints” today. Msgr. Charles Pope blogs about it as “[o]ne of the greatest English hymns ever written.” He writes: It is a wide and sweeping vision of the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant. It’s imagery is regal and joyful, it’s poetry majestic and masterful. A [Read More...]


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