Living Icons

This past weekend ZENIT published a most uplifting interview with Sr. Catherine Marie Hopkins of the Nashville Dominicans. The entire interview, worth reading in full, may be viewed here.  What follows is an excerpt of the interview, in which Sister responds to a question regarding the keys to fostering vocations. Her answer is solid and […]

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World Youth Day Is for Everybody

As I’ve become a father and now a grandfather, I catch myself thinking of World Youth Day (WYD) as an event–an amazing, terrific event, mind you–for another generation, but not for me. As I’ve been reading the various papal addresses and homilies from the event, however, I’ve come to see with the Holy Father and St. Augustine […]

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Virtue on the Mount

In contemplating Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7) in recent weeks, one section that has really struck me is the part known as the “Six Antitheses”–the series of six statements by Our Lord that begin “You have heard it said . . .” followed by “I say to you . . .” These statements […]

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The Other Lawrence

Today is the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi. When reference is made to a “St. Lawrence,” however, we are usually referring to the third-century deacon and martyr who is even mentioned in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I). This latter St. Lawrence, given his special patronage of those who barbecue, is indeed a fine summertime […]

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McCain on Internet Pornography

Yesterday I mentioned the question put to Senator McCain about our government assisting in the protection of families, children, and communities from predatory graphic and highly sexualized images. Senator McCain quickly agreed that technology has increased the threat of pornography and related evils. He struggled with a sure answer to the problem of internet pornography in […]

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Burning Question

Yesterday Phillip Cosby of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families happened to have good seats at Senator McCain’s town hall meeting here in Kansas City. When Sen. McCain opened it up to questions, he went right up to Phillip and handed him the microphone. Here’s what Phillip asked: “Senator McCain, our […]

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Something New Under the Son?

John Paul II devoted the last 20 years of his pontificate calling for a “new evangelization,” a call now taken up by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Yet I sometimes wonder how many people really understand what this “new evangelization” is all about. The glossary to the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines “evangelization” as […]

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Time for Confession

I’m frequently asked how often Catholics should go to Confession. Many people just want to know the minimum requirement. In that regard, the Church provides that all Catholics who have reached the age of discretion (approximately the age of seven) are required to confess their mortal sins once a year. In addition, if one has […]

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Lessons for Today

Three things jump out at me in today’s Gospel, which is taken from chapter 10 of St. Matthew’s Gospel. (1) God’s sense of humor. Today is the 18th anniversary of my becoming engaged to Maureen, so I find it very amusing that in today’s Gospel Our Lord would say, “I have come to bring not peace […]

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