Why We Need Redemption

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This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

Chuck Colson’s Easter Gift

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Chuck Colson is in grave condition after suffering a brain hemorrhageEvangelical leader and frequent life and family spokesman Chuck Colson is in critical condition in hospital after undergoing surgery this weekend. He was hospitalized Friday after enduring a brain hemorrhage while speaking in Virginia at the Wilberforce Conference.Colson underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. Colson became ill while speaking at the … [Read more...]

Fanning My Bright Red Sin

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My latest column at The Catholic Answer is showing up about now, and as we're in Holy Week, it's a timely reminder that confession is good for the soul:The memory still stings: there I was, age 7, the veteran of a splendidly moving and memorable first holy Communion and graced with an oddball love of the Sacrament of Confession in all of its velvet-curtained-sliding-screen ambiance, planning to steal a toy “ladies fan” from a candy store, simply to see if I could.The fan was red, and I h … [Read more...]

Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

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My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [Read more...]

Palm Sunday and the Shifts of Lent

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Elizabeth Duffy has a strong piece on how Lent begins to feel, after a while:It's always around this time of year that I wish I had given up a noun rather than a verb for Lent—some thing, some arbitrary thing that in and of itself is not bad, but would just be a concrete thing to sacrifice, so that on Easter Sunday, I can partake of it after forty days of abstinence, and mark the end of the Sacrificial Season.It is good to give up bad habits, like arguing, for Lent. It is good to do m … [Read more...]

Yes We Can: the Hospitality of Lent

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When God, in the beginning, created man, he made him subject to his own free choice. If you choose you can keep the commandments; it is loyalty to do his will. There are set before you fire and water; to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand. Before man are life and death, whichever he chooses shall be given him. -- Sirach 15:14-17Read in conjunction with this, and in light of all of my pathetic failings of which I moan to God in prayer, it occurs to me that I've spent my whole life … [Read more...]

Barron on Lent

Father Barron on Lent. Touches on some of the discussions going on in the comboxes. … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday: 2 Sermons, 5 Books Lotsa Links!

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Well, it's Ash Wednesday, thanks, thanks be to God! We head into forty days of intentional slowing-down, of being more prayerful, more thoughtful, less reactive. I don't know about you, but I totally need some Lenten silence, discipline and turning away from the world, especially the world of politics right now.If you're not sure what all the hubbaloo is about, Marys Aggies explains it all or, if you don't feel like reading, here's a great two-minute video!What are you giving up for … [Read more...]


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