The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Fr. Jonathan Morris Unpacks the Serenity Prayer

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THE SERENITY PRAYER Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.The Serenity Prayer is a familiar quote on wall plaques and greeting cards and lockets.Originally written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer was recited in the second season of the American television drama "Desperate Housewives" and set to music by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.  It was prominently … [Read more...]

Archbishop Cordileone Patiently Schools Nancy Pelosi on When Life Begins

I know it won't do any good, but God bless him for trying!  Archbishop Cordileone is once again trying to help Nancy Pelosi understand that a person's a person, no matter how small.Archbishop Cordileone is one of my heroes.  I first met him when I was working with Legatus and he--probably still serving in the Diocese of San Diego, if memory serves me--celebrated Mass at the organization's Annual Summit.  His homilies were always spot-on, exciting, inspiring.  I greatly respect his fidelity to … [Read more...]

Birds Didn’t Work Out, So the Vatican’s Trying Balloons

Each year on the last Sunday in January, it has been the custom for the Pope, accompanied by children, to release a pair of doves into St. Peter's Square from his window in the Apostolic Palace.  The tradition, begun by Pope John Paul II, is a poignant symbol of the Vatican's call for peace during January.Or at least, that was the custom.  Last year the popular tradition turned to disaster when two children released doves from the Pope's window, only to see them attacked--first by a seagull, … [Read more...]