A Tale of Two C-SPAN Televised Events

After I listened to Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte last week, I couldn’t help but think of Mother Teresa. Surely you remember that little lady’s bold National Prayer Breakfast speech. Peggy Noonan tells the story of the woman sitting next to her who wrote a laundry list instead of listened. I [Read More...]

Son of Cristero Talks For Greater Glory, Religious Freedom

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“Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon,” young José Sánchez del Río, reportedly told a fellow martyr of the Cristero War in Mexico, before he was murdered. His holy story is among those told in the movie, For Greater Glory, released on DVD today. The movie is about the Cristero War and [Read More...]

What Do I Remember Most about 9/11?

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Honestly? The smell in the New York office of National Review. It was unmistakable smell of barbecue. A smell isn’t an image, but no image has never quite captured what happened there that morning like that smell did. That reliable AOL Instant Messenger that kept communications going when phone lines were overloaded. Learning Barbara Olson [Read More...]

Be Opened!

From Pope Benedict this Sunday in Rome: At the heart of today’s Gospel (Mk 7, 31-37) there is a small but, very important word. A word that – in its deepest meaning- sums up the whole message and the whole work of Christ. The Evangelist Mark writes it in the same language that Jesus pronounced [Read More...]

Staying on the Road of Christ — Even on the Road to the White House

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I got some messages of distress last night in response to Sister Simone Campbell speaking at the Democratic Convention. They were the same kinds of e-mails and other messages I received when Notre Dame invited Barack Obama to speak. The same kinds I get when a Catholic drives intrinsically evil policy, or otherwise gives it [Read More...]

About Sisters and Conventions and Freedom

Just a few words and links. [Read more...]

Prayer Matters

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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...]


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