On Being Supernaturally Normal

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I had a terrific compliment last week. This person didn’t praise me for being extraordinary. She didn’t thank me for being intellectual or handsome or holy or amazing. She thanked me for being normal. We are so often attracted to what is weird. We follow the details of the lives of the stars of athletics [Read More...]

Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

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Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7 where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain receptions as the pagans do.” Sure, when we pray the rosary there is a lot of repetition. The problem is not repetition but vain repetition. If repetition were [Read More...]

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?

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Most of us know that simply praying for something you want is not the best way of praying. God is not a cosmic vending machine in which you put your prayer in the slot and the goodie you want drops into the tray at the bottom. Don’t get me wrong. God delights in any prayer [Read More...]

Fr Groeschel: Home for the Feast of St Francis

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Fr Benedict Groeschel passed away last evening at 11pm. He went home for the Feast of St Francis. Kathy Schiffer recounts her memories of Fr Groeschel here. I met Fr Groeschel personally for the first time on a visit to New Jersey earlier this year. He was in a wheelchair, but alert and able to [Read More...]

Ten Things That Changed St Francis Forever…

St Francis of Assisi

…and can change you too. One of the things that makes St Francis so popular is that he was so utterly and completely converted. He was rooted and engrafted into Christ through several remarkable events that transformed him from the inside out. It is this profound and radical encounter with Christ that can also transform [Read More...]

Make Room for Curmudgeons

St Jerome

This week has long been one of my favorites in the church year. Who can resist the sweetness, purity, power and goodness of all these saints and angels celebrated in one week! September ends with the celebration of the great heavenly warrior St Michael, and he is followed a day later by St Therese of [Read More...]


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