Praying on the Hill

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Dominican Father Andrew Hofer opened the House one day this week (while we were still in shutdown mode) and it’s surely a prayer for legislating, but one for every day: We have been wrong, and we have sinned. Give us all a share of your wisdom and your mercy. Enlighten us so that we can [Read More...]

Why Go to a Priest for Confession?

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You know how Pope Francis keeps repeating himself? How he keeps talking about the mercy of God and pleading with the world to go to our tender, loving Father? On Divine Mercy Sunday at high noon Mass in Washington, D.C., Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P. ran with this clear theme — so needed by the [Read More...]

Not at Peace?

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It’s hard to resist sharing a little from Magnificat some days. Did you read this yet? Ah, children, when a man feels himself dull, hard, and slow, being oppressed by nature; when peace is gone; when he is become quite helpless; then let him detach his soul’s affections from everything, yield himself up entirely to [Read More...]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The New Evangelization Remake

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Yesterday afternoon, while helping me pick out an outfit for an upcoming out-of-the-ordinary event, a friend pointed out that my earrings looked a lot like rosary beads. Go figure — the one item I own from Tiffany’s turns out to be a subtle reminder of who we are: a pilgrim people with our eyes toward [Read More...]

The Cross Is Everywhere, and Here’s a Bottom Line About It

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Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P.: The cross is unbearable if viewed from the outside. The cross is wisdom if viewed in the light of faith, that is, from the inside, as God himself views it. The quote comes courtesy of Magnificat, as essential meditations so often do. [Read more...]

Yo, Bro!

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This would be appropriate and nourishing and challenging any day, but at a time when we’re reminded as a nation to look around and love a little more, this meditation today in the indispensible Magnificat is an especially timely guide: We must also nourish this deep desire to meet God so that when the opportunity [Read More...]

‘The sacrament of penance was the turning point.’

A revert to Catholicism talks about the power of the sacrament of Confession: I was a young man, and now intensely interested in women and related matters. As high school went on, I began to party more and pray less. My faith dwindled. When I got to college, I threw myself into two things: partying [Read More...]


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