"I have come to cast a fire on the Earth"...
What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost. A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus had said to Apostles, and still says to us: I have come to cast a fire on the earth! (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire...
Why Seán Cardinal O'Malley is boycotting Boston College...
At Boston College's commencement ceremony on Monday, Cardinal Sean O'Malley won't be in attendance. The leader of the Boston archdiocese announced on May 10 that he would not deliver his traditional graduation benediction at the Catholic school because the college had invited Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny—a supporter of abortion rights in Ireland—to deliver the graduation address...
There are Kermit Gosnells everywhere and they can be brought to justice...
This week brought us the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, a man whom I refuse to recognize as a medical doctor and whom the state of Pennsylvania should have shut down long ago. Gosnell, apparently, didn’t do abortions very well; so he had his staff dope up his patients with various drugs so that they would deliver the fetus on their own (at which point, legally...
If we ignore the problem of cloning, we will sink into a more violent depravity...
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the sort of timeless morality tale students read as an antidote, or at least an objection, to the hedonism that seems to follow naturally from youthful ideas about immortality. The story is familiar to many: Dorian Gray is a narcissist who wishes that a portrait of him — his copy in paint — would age in his place.
My profession? I'm just some lady trying to cook supper, and use my talents, and enjoy my kids before they fly away...
In her illuminating post the other day, Jennifer Fulwiler describes going to a party where she knew hardly anyone, and conducting a little social experiment: for the first half, she introduced herself as a stay-at-home mom, and got little more than a verbal pat on the head in reply. For the second half, though...
How have socialists managed to make themselves sound like Christians?
By the end of the day I expect to hear at least a half-dozen complaints that Pope Francis has sided with socialists, because of his Thursday address denouncing the “cult of money.” The same problem arises whenever a Pope—or any other Christian leader—denounces selfishness and materialism. Political pundits...
The Dominican Sisters made it to the finale of the American Bible Challenge, and they need your help...
I’m like the little white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland this morning, and I didn’t get my thoughts all arranged, so we’ll keep it simple. To enter to win a copy of The American Bible Challenge: A Daily Reader, leave a comment here by Sunday, May 19. And don’t forget to vote for the Dominican sisters. Daily.
“Come Holy Spirit. Enlighten the hearts of your faithful people...”
There is some sense to calling Pentecost the birthday of the Church, but it can be somewhat glib. You might say that the Church was born when Christ was born, or when water and blood, Baptism and Eucharist, flowed from Christ’s side on the Cross. You might even say that the Church was born with Adam and Eve and came to maturity when Jesus...
8 things to know and share about Pentecost...
The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church. But where did the feast of Pentecost come from? How can we understand what happened on it? And what does it mean for us today? Here are 8 things to know and share about it...
The IRS revelations are shocking, but don't get cynical. You’ve got to stay shocked. It’s disrespectful not to...
So many people are sad about America and cynical about its government. They don’t expect anything good to happen. They think certain poisons have entered the system and nothing can be done about it. Leviathan will not be cut back or tamed, Leviathan will go on abusing the citizen.
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history...
The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by which He made all things, as we sing in today’s Psalm. In the beginning, the Spirit came as a “mighty wind” sweeping over the face of the earth. And in the new creation of Pentecost, the Spirit again comes as “a strong...
Demographics don't spell an end to the culture wars...
To no one's surprise, the Monday release of the Vatican's 2013 statistical yearbook, which surveys the global Catholic population as of 2011, confirmed the shift in Catholicism's center of gravity away from Europe and North America to the southern hemisphere. The Annuario shows that the global Catholic population, now 1.2 billion...
Why the scandals increased my faith in the Catholic Church...
When people hear that my husband and I began exploring Catholicism in 2005, one of the first questions they often ask is, “What about the sexual abuse scandals? Didn’t that scare you away from the Church?” They’re usually surprised when I report that the answer is no; in fact...
Are Catholic universities still committed to working-class families?
Catholic colleges have long been known for their generous financial aid, which for many decades helped students from Catholic immigrant and working-class families climb the economic ladder in the United States. But a new study accuses many of America’s wealthiest colleges of using aid to recruit middle-class students instead of serving the educational needs...
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