Pope Francis and the “Mother Wound”

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My article for Aleteia this week focusses on Pope Francis’ homily in Ecuador on the role of Mother Mary. This “mother wound” then affects our own ability to love and be loved. That inability then extends to our relationships, and when it is multiplied throughout society the whole culture becomes dysfunctional. The ability to love, [Read More...]

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Hate the Sin Love the Sinner: How Do I Do That?

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I’ve been troubled recently while pondering the spiritual bromide “We hate the sin, but love the sinner.” Here’s the problem: how do you separate out the sin from the sinner? Isn’t that a kind of dualism we don’t really believe in? We say, for example, that the human person is a unity of body, mind [Read More...]

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Why the Catholic Mass Is the Center of All Things

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Stop for a moment and consider the turmoil and trouble in the world. Violence, rage and anger abound. Ideologies clash and war threatens. Diplomacy and nice talk does not work with those who are driven by ideologies of hate. The ideologues gather in their tribes, ready to wage war and destroy the enemies they fear [Read More...]

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Have the Mainstream Media Fallen Out of Love with Pope Francis?

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Has anyone else noticed the remarkable silence in the mainstream media? Pope Francis–who was once their darling for saying about a person with same sex attraction, “Who Am I to Judge?”–is absent from the front pages this summer. When he went to Brazil for World Youth Day in 2013 it was big news. The crowds [Read More...]

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How the Holy Rosary Could Heal the World

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Today as I was praying the holy rosary I began to see why this simple devotion is so powerful. I began to see how the Holy Rosary might heal our common sickness and bring healing to the whole world. To understand how the healing works we first have to understand the sickness. I call the [Read More...]

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Evangelizing with Joy

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The other day I was at the meat counter in the supermarket and a young black guy with the name tag “Desmond” said “Hello Father!” He’s wearing a hair and beard net because he’s handling food. He’s bright and is cheerful, upbeat and helpful. Because he calls me “Father”, I ask, “So are you a [Read More...]

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