Christ Is Key

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I’m grateful to Fr. Paul Murray, O.P., for many reasons, and for many reasons even simply for a talk of his I was present for at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota just a few days ago, during Labor Day weekend. Among other things, it nudged me to re-read a saint’s homily from [Read More...]

Pope John Paul II, Marxist, in Bethlehem

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The M word in the title is, of course, a joke … The message of the Gospel, of course, remains the same under Pope Francis — and so much of what he says is an (not all that simple but radical) invitation to Christ, to know God’s love and mercy. On my birthday (random fact) [Read More...]

The Good Will

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And so, when he entered the world, Christ said, “Behold, I come to do your will, O God” (Heb 10:5-7). “Obedience” is the new name of “love”! Over the course of his life, the Gospels portray Jesus as always intent on performing the will of the Father. To Mary and Joseph who searched for him [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...]

For Those Who Suffer

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From the encyclical Salvific Doloris: Down through the centuries and generations it has been seen that in suffering there is concealed a particular power that draws a person interiorly close to Christ, a special grace. To this grace many saints, such as Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Ignatius of Loyola and others, owe their profound [Read More...]

To Be Free

Via Blessed John Paul II: My sons and daughters, you have pointed out at your Congress the sufferings and the contradictions by which a society is seen to be overwhelmed when it moves away from God. The wisdom of Christ makes you capable of pushing on to discover the deepest source of evil existing in [Read More...]

Not Just a Message for a Ben Gurion Audience

As I alluded to, I’ve been in the Holy Land. I hope to share aspects of the trip here throughout Lent. John Paul II Pope Benedict XVI said in May 2009 upon arrival at the Tel Aviv airport: Christian communities in the Holy Land, I say: by your faithful witness to him who preached forgiveness and [Read More...]


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