Just One Look

When we gaze on the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord gives us this same look he gave Peter, a look of mercy. Pope Benedict XVI said earlier this year in an installment of his catechesis on prayer: Luke the Evangelist has retained a further precious element of the events of the Last Supper that enables us [Read More...]

A Luminous Gift

Fr. Victor Brown, O.P., writes: Shortly before his death, Pope Blessed John Paul II instituted another set of mysteries to be used by the Church in praying the Rosary.  They are intended to help us meditate upon the public life of Our Divine Lord.  The Holy Father called them “the luminous mysteries – the mysteries [Read More...]

Bristol Palin’s PSA for Confession


I am a few days late to reading this, but it deserves a link, I think. Bristol Palin has a blog and wrote there about the president of the United States calling Georgetown Law activist Sandra Fluke. Addressed to President Obama, she blogged: here’s why I’m a little surprised my phone hasn’t rung.  Your $1,000,000 donor [Read More...]

Telling the Truth

I thought this exchange from my interview with Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput was one we all ought to meditate on this Holy Week: LOPEZ: Why the Melville quote — “Truth is like a threshing-machine; tender sensibilities must keep out of the way”? CHAPUT: The public discourse of Catholics needs to be guided by charity and [Read More...]

Be Still

Good prep reading from Fr. Raymond de Souza: I am drawn to the simple, solemn and silent moments of Holy Week. There are two great silences on Good Friday. The first at the beginning of the liturgy, when the priest prostrates himself before the altar; the second during the reading of the Gospel, when the [Read More...]

Subtle Witness

Getting on the Capitol South Metro stop in D.C. Tuesday night, I stood behind a young man — dressed for Hill work — who had his rosary in his hand, by his side, as he was praying. Not flaunting, just part of his commute. Everyone else had a thriller or Ipad or smart phone. Why [Read More...]

All the World, Every One

Fr. George W. Rutler: The whole point of the Passion narrative is that the whole world is at the foot of the cross, and all the characters in the drama represent aspects of every human personality, believer and non-believer. [Read more...]

Words to Live This Week — and Our Lives — By

From Saint Augustine, from the Liturgy of the Hours today: The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us [Read More...]