Don’t Worry, Be Holy

What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. He loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you. And by far the best thing for you is to grow in holiness. — B16 in England, 2010 [Read more...]

Let Us Go to Bethlehem

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From B16 at the Christmas vigil Mass: Let us go over to Bethlehem, says the Church’s liturgy to us today. Trans-eamus is what the Latin Bible says: let us go “across”, daring to step beyond, to make the “transition” by which we step outside our habits of thought and habits of life, across the purely [Read More...]

The Seven-Year-Old Who Doesn’t Ask for Toys, But Jesus

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Christmas gratitude to those who preserved and shared this letter from a young Joseph Ratzinger: Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy. According to translations in the news, he wrote: I would like a Volks-Schott (a Mass prayers book), green clothing for Mass (clerical [Read More...]

What Is Catholicism?

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People hear things about what Catholics believe. Some of it is true. A lot of it is not. The most compelling education about what exactly it is Catholicism is and teaches comes from the example of lived witness. In an interview about his conversion to Catholicism at age 76, the late Judge Robert H. Bork [Read More...]

Silence!

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Yesterday in Rome, before his op-ed hit the Financial Times, Pope Benedict XVI alluded again to silence and contemplation at perhaps the busiest time of year. Cliff! Family arrangements! Lines! (And don’t forget to thank the delivery men!). During his Wednesday audience B16 reflected on that woman who said yes and pondered the Incarnation of [Read More...]

Do We Love One Another?

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Some of the less charitable news stories emphasize Jeffrey Hillman, the homeless man who Office Lawrence DePrimo bought boots for, wanting “a piece of” the notoriety the shoe-buying incident has brought the officer. But you can appreciate the man is in an awkward spot, in this media culture we live in. And the whole incident [Read More...]

The Eternal Campaign

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I’m using up the remaining minutes on my satellite time on the National Review post-election cruise (more on this shortly) and couldn’t think of any better way to return to dry land than with what Pope Benedict had to offer in his Angelus address this morning, based on today’s Gospel reading: “Everything passes, but the [Read More...]

‘They give their trust entirely to God and are rewarded for it.’

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Pope Benedict Sunday pointed to the greatest challenge of surrender. It is the greatest sacrifice, the key to the greatest joy, a life of the fullest freedom: A willing labor and living in service to the Will of God. It’s worth pointing out because the renewal we so desperately need will never happen without it. [Read More...]


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