Will We Choose to Lift the Cloud for Christmas?

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Magnifcat had a tough meditation on Saturday — one that at the same time is remarkably consoling. It’s from Saint Catherine of Siena and deals with sin and suffering. And mercy. From her Dialogues, it reads: I give and permit everything out of love, and they are constantly scandalized in me. Yet I patiently endure [Read More...]

Not a Bad Advent Idea

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From a blog site I just stumbled upon: We might take on a spiritual project this Advent. We might challenge ourselves to see and hear some new layer in the old, precious stories that present themselves to us each year. Let us invite God to plumb our depths and challenge our resting in a place [Read More...]

The Tears of a Nun

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Ever since hearing this news about the New York Planned Parenthood clinics splitting away from its mother ship on account of increase-abortion-to-increase-revenue mandates that are part of the bloodstream at Planned Parenthood, I’ve been thinking of the book Unplanned by Abby Johnson. Specifically, I’ve been seeing the image of the Catholic religious sister Johnson and [Read More...]

Called to be Finest

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“Heartwarming” seems to be the most frequently used word to describe the image of Officer Lawrence DePrimo kneeling by an unidentified barefoot man he bought boots for on a cold night in Times Square. The tourist photo that has gone viral, is the best kind of public relations for the New York Police Department: the [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan’s Rightward March?

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The New York Times highlights the U.S. Catholic bishops’ enthusiasm to see Dorothy Day’s canonization cause move forward. And how convenient that a “conservative” cardinal — New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan — is leading the effort, allowing him to reach across party lines, so to speak, the Times observes. (The headline is: “In Hero of [Read More...]

‘Will you let me be your King?’

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Is Christ our King? If the answer is truly yes — He is master and commander, there are real, radical implications for our daily lives. As Pope Benedict XVI put it Sunday: we are all called to prolong God’s saving work by converting ourselves to the Gospel, by placing ourselves with conviction in the footsteps [Read More...]

Midday Reminder

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“Holiness is not the luxury of a few people, but a simple duty for you and me.” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta [Read more...]

Do We Even Know What We’re Talking about When We Talk about the Catholic Church?

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Conversations about the Catholic Church often get weighed down by all kinds of myths that not only confuse people and keep them from the truth of what the Church teaches, but it hurts people and prevents ecumenical healing. In a new book, The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church, Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy [Read More...]


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