When I Hear ‘Peace’

I think silence. I think Silent Night. I think of the continuity between Christmas and Easter. And I remember we must get on with being missionary people, already. Which, of course, is only made possible done in prayer, with the grace only God’s peaceful, merciful love can provide. [Read more...]

This Is Christianity

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I love these words from Archbishop DiNoia’s Easter Vigil homily last week: “We see that no one has ever desired anything more than God desires to share the communion of His trinitarian love for us.” What more do we need to know? Obviously, there is much more, catechetically, much more of the depth of that [Read More...]

Take a Risk with Your Best Friend Forever … and Ever

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Celebrating Easter, as we continue to, Pope Francis talks about Christ as a friend. This continues a main theme — perhaps the main theme — of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. He wanted us to know Jesus. This is even why he stepped aside. Ultimately the point of a pope is to point the world to Jesus [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Grace & Mercy

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This coming Sunday we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. This Holy Father’s pontificate thus far has been one long lead up to it, introducing the world to God’s mercy. This weekend he said: We are afraid of God’s surprises; we are afraid of God’s surprises! He always surprises us! Dear brothers and sisters, let us not [Read More...]

Joy Is Demanding?

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It is hard not notice that we sometimes talk about joy only when it is convenient to. At obvious reasons to be happy: That someone is getting married. That a child is born. But how the heck to be joyful when injustice engulfs and pain is palpable? In an Angelus message during a visit to [Read More...]

Was Jesus Just Some Good Dude Who Used to Live?

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I found myself thinking of a Sunday homily this morning. Because it is still Easter. And we can still meet the Risen Lord in our daily lives. There is no time like today. At Saint Patrick’s in Manhattan on Easter morning, Timothy Cardinal Dolan was preaching to his flock, what he prefers to do than [Read More...]

‘God’s Love Is More Powerful Than Anything in the World’

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The title line comes from a new video from Fr. Robert Barron. His talk is in response to a Newsweek cover story (I suspect you know the one!). This message — that God’s love is more powerful than anything in the world — is the message. The one that our souls live and die by. [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan Takes to the Sunday Show Pulpit, Preaching the Message of True Freedom

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I’m forever uncomfortable with the concept of the Sunday morning political talk shows. As someone both naturally inclined to and professionally obligated to watch such shows, I have always wanted them to be Saturday morning shows. I would watch Firing Line then back in the day and I would happily watch these news chat shows [Read More...]


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