He Never Tired of Repeating That Only Name that Counts

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Today (August 20) has been the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a saint close to the heart of the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. To know St. Bernard is to understand what passion flows from the heart of God for man. In the Liturgy of the Hours today is this from the abbot of [Read More...]

Men Who Love Mary

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One of the 19 men who became a cardinal today, the one from North America, is Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec. I stood in a very long line with him a one late November night in Mexico city last year, and have run into him more than a few times in the past year at [Read More...]

Are We Salt and Light?

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Randy Hain at The Integrated Catholic Life asks the question of Christian communications (and our lives): “Do we make Christ and His Church attractive and inviting to others through our words, actions and the way we carry ourselves?” He writes: We may be eloquent speakers, gifted writers or effective debaters. But, when it comes to [Read More...]

No Time Like Today for an Epiphany!

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As Pope Francis announces his own journey to the Holy Land, we are invited daily to meet Christ in the Eucharist. Magnificat has Pope Benedict reflecting on the Epiphany (from his homily just last year): Human beings have an innate restlessness for God, but this restlessness is a participation in God’s own restlessness for us…. [Read More...]

Two Popes, One Encyclical, All Eyes on Jesus — with His Eyes, in His Heart

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The conversation I imagine may have happened (roughly translated): “Brother, you should really co-sign Lumen Fidei. It’s yours, you wrote it. I’m an editor. My hand was light on this letter.” “The Holy Spirit …. It is God’s alone. And you are their Holy Father now. The faithful need you to help bring them into [Read More...]

Habemus Papam!

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Eight years ago today: The new pope would say a few days later: My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that [Read More...]

‘There Is No More Room for Anxiety’

With Pope Benedict XVI in the background praying for us, I figure we have a novel opportunity to review a master teacher’s reflections. So much of what Pope Frances is screaming from the rooftops, albeit tenderly, Pope Benedict XVI talked at some length about. B16 knew we needed another voice to more fully get our [Read More...]

The Pope Has Left the Vatican. What Do We Do?

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This interregnum period in the Church — and happening, as it is, during Lent — is one that calls us all to deep prayer and reflection. We are a people called to pray unceasingly, and we do so in unity with the Holy Father, now but a pilgrim in the last stage, an intensely private [Read More...]


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