Does This Sound Like a ‘Moderate’ to You?

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Certainly not on the Gospel. I’ve been listening to people describe Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl as a “moderate” over the last day. I could give you many examples, but here’s some a favorite homily of his of mine, from last spring. He celebrated Mass with Catholic students at George Washington University, as their chaplain was [Read More...]

This Beautiful Book: Loving with the Eyes of God the Father, Creator of the World — and You!

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Earlier this fall, I interviewed Emily Stimpson about her wonderful book, These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, published by my friends at Emmaus Road, for National Review Online. I subjected her to extra questions so that there would be more to share. This seems like as good a time as any to [Read More...]

Peace with the Lamb — Even in Newtown

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Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. When we hear these words at Mass, after the consecration, just [Read More...]

My Every Act Is Love

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Maybe St. John of the Cross can better explain what Pope Francis is up to: Reveal your presence, And may the vision of your beauty be my death, For the sickness of love Is not cured Except by your very presence and image. … In the inner wine cellar I drank of my beloved, and [Read More...]

It’s in the Lady’s Eyes

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Look at the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They’re soft and tender. They are praying that we may know the tender, redeeming love of her Son. Sr. Maria Guadalupe, from the religious order, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist talked to me a few years ago about the significance of Our Lady of [Read More...]

Resetting the Conversation on The Gospel of Joy

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There has been a tremendous amount of commentary surrounding The Gospel of Joy, Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation, which was his feedback to the Synod on the New Evangelization Pope Benedict convened last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the Year of Faith. Now that everyone [Read More...]

Nourishing the Gift of Faith

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Even as we buy Christmas gifts, the light of faith, the reason for the season, the Incarnation and its transformative power in our lives, can be obscured. What if we are suffering? What if we are anxious? What if we are confused and frustrated? What if hope seems foreign? What do you do When Faith [Read More...]

What Do We Have in Common with John the Baptist?

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From a homily: The truth is that the Lord knows every one of us that intimately before he forms us in the womb. We can all exclaim with the words of today’s Psalm, “Truly you have formed by inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb!” None of us is a number, a census [Read More...]


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