Saying Thank You

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When I had the chance to speak with the Holy Father briefly this fall, I thanked him. I thanked him for Jesus of Nazareth, the series he gave us, helping us better know the Son of God, Divine Mercy and Love. Every person I was with that day, receiving messages from him for the world, [Read More...]

Jesus for Pope, Jesus for Our Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday …

Abp Dolan in Jerusalem Jan 2012

I’ll be honest: I hesitated before agreeing to write this piece for the New York Daily News about Cardinal Dolan and the papacy. Pretty much for the reasons Archbishop Chaput laid out recently: Who will be the next Pope? Nobody knows, and while speculating about the future can be a pleasant form of entertainment, it’s [Read More...]

A Little Mood Music for the Petrine Feast Today

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What a remarkable day today! To have, as the second Friday of Lent, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, a day where the whole Church joins in a common prayer for our beloved Holy Father, as he transitions into the final stage of his life. We pray for the cardinals who will be [Read More...]

B16: Imagine a World That Could See Only Mercy!

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This comes from a November 2010 audience where Pope Benedict XVI was talking up a woman, Catherine of Siena. Like with everything B16, it is all worth reading, but don’t let this day end without meditating on his closer: Dear brothers and sisters, let us learn from St Catherine to love Christ and the Church [Read More...]

Best of B16: Knowing the Meaning of Life

Also from May 2011: The human being of all times prays because he cannot fail to wonder about the meaning of his life, which remains obscure and discomforting of it is not put in relations to the mystery of God and if his plan for the world. Human life is a fabric woven of good [Read More...]

Best of B16: On the ‘Good Fight of Faith’

From May 2011: Our entire lives are like this long night of struggle and prayer, spent in desiring and asking for God’s blessing, which cannot be grabbed or won through our own strength but must be received with humility from him as a gratuitous gift that ultimately allows us to recognize the Lord’s face. And [Read More...]

Pray for the Church!

A sign in the crowd at the Vatican

One of my favorite responses to the pope’s news Monday came from the Knights of Columbus. It was a prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter, and Your [Read More...]

Pope Benedict, the Catholic Church and the Dignity of Man

I love this video from Monday: George Weigel keeps his eye on the prize here. This is a good model of communicating in uncertain times, subtly and clearly communicating Gospel truth with fraternal love. That’s what we’ve been trying to do with Catholic Voices USA — help people who love the Catholic Church do just [Read More...]


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