Do We Bring Peace to the World?


This morning in Rome, Pope Benedict prays with us all for the families who lost children on Friday in that horrifying school shooting in Connecticut: I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May [Read More...]

Our Choices Have Eternal Consequences


From a recent diocesan paper column: Just as much as Jesus discoursed on the beauty of Heaven, he spoke about the reality of hell. He compared hell to a blazing furnace, an unquenchable fire, a worm that doesn’t die. We can make choices, He said, that cause us to lose body and soul in hell, [Read More...]

Do You Want to Save Christmas?


Then live Advent. “Advent is a discipline: a way of forming anticipation and channeling it toward its goal,” Joseph Bottum writes in his beautiful new book, The Christmas Plains. “Nothing we do can earn us the gift of Christmas, any more than Lent wins us Easter. But a season of contrition and sacrifice prepares us [Read More...]

Practical Tips for Making Advent a Part of Life?


Here. Not heavy theology. But good tips toward making these next weeks more than stressing about Christmas gifts and arrangements. [Read more...]

Will We Choose to Lift the Cloud for Christmas?


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...]