What the hell is WRONG with these people? – UPDATE

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If you ever doubted that there is a battle going on all around us -- a true battle -- between good and evil, and that that battle engages every single one of us whether we are aware of it or not, the events of the past week really ought to clarify that point for everyone. In the face of the unspeakable evil of the slaughter of children, good broke through, and the stories are legion -- good people of all faiths and of no faith at all have moved with generosity and concern to do whatever … [Read more...]

Does Church Suppress God’s Will? That’s Wicked, Right?

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Like Mark Shea, I too thought the National Catholic Reporter had endorsed female ordination years ago. I actually had no intention of writing about it for my First Things column, today. Yet somehow -- and though I had intended to write more about Calah Alexander and the idea of a Ministry of Succor to young mothers, I ended up at female ordination, asking a few questions about NCR's stand: The overbearing men of Rome, most particularly Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, are depicted as … [Read more...]

Building on what you’ve built: A GREAT Story

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My Patheos colleague Tim Dalrymple has a story and video that really should make everyone stop in their tracks and think about what we all mean when we say (or sneer) at each other: "success", "capitalism", "share", "evil corporations", "collectivism" and "church." We get caught up in words like those -- particularly in an election year where, suddenly, words like "hard work", "build", "success", "welfare", "human dignity", "profit", "business", "hand-outs", "hand-ups" and "community" are … [Read more...]

The Audacity of Wonder – UPDATED

Illustration Source) Over at First Things, my Tuesday Column is looking at our mania for credentials and how it closes doors, narrows minds and holds wonder at arms length: He has authored over a dozen books, written a syndicated newspaper column and countless essays and articles covering a broad range of subjects—sports, politics, mobsters, union thugs, cultural touchstones, booze, and blades of grass—all of it written in a smart, literate voice of the casual sophisticate who takes his … [Read more...]

"What Does God Look Like?"

Deacon Greg has a way of finding the perfect graphic to go with a piece, and he has done it again here - using that painting (which I have shamelessly cribbed) to illustrate this excellent piece by Shu-Fy H. Pongnon "What if I told you Jesus was a Black man?" How I came to ask Marie this entirely provocative question five minutes before the start of 7:45 a.m. Mass is a mystery to me now, but I never forgot her answer and its delivery, "Jesus can't be Black, because I would never bow down to a … [Read more...]

Fr. Barron on Eucharistic Adoration

It takes a genuine bigot to suggest that Eucharistic Adoration is a practice reserved to the stupid and the uneducated. Another sort of elitism. … [Read more...]

"We had Cancer & Christ in Common

"Friendship" by Picasso It's breast cancer awareness month, and Pat Gohn has permitted me to reprint an affecting piece she wrote a couple of years ago, about her own breast cancer, and the a deep and faith-filled friendship that came like a balm and gift to counter the medical chaos: Sometimes friendships blossom where we least expect them -- like in foxholes. That echoes my relationship with Judi. I was in a battle, but lacked experience. As a cancer veteran, Judi helped me adjust my armor … [Read more...]

Unemployment Numbers & a Timely Meditation

The unemployment numbers are looking pretty dismal and bleak, aren't they? A while back, I was praying for someone's job intention when it turned into a meditation through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which adapt themselves perfectly and powerfully to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and exposure that those suffering a job loss can experience. The folks at Our Sunday Visitor wondered if I could adapt that post, after some revision, to a pamphlet that could help prayer groups, … [Read more...]

What Do You Really Believe?

It's a great question to stop people of faith in their tracks and get them pondering, "well, what DO I believe." I remember once watching an old Mother Angelica Live broadcast and hearing her say (paraphrase), "do you really believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a woman..." and thinking, "that's a good question to ask; it zeros in on the whole mystery of the Incarnation which is foundational to the rest." Over at Patheos, they're beginning a new multi-week series that asks the … [Read more...]

The Glory of God on Your Face -UPDATED

Nothing thrills a writer more than to read something and tsk wistfully about it, "boy, I wish I'd written that!" Which is how I began my morning. Thrilled and wistful! The great Pat Gohn has written something truly wise, wonderful and valuable in Something of the Glory of God Shines in Your Face. I'm calling it today's must-read: If we lined up all the major issues of Catholic social teaching and compared them to the Himalayas, the “dignity of the human person” would be Mount Everest… … [Read more...]


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