How to read Evangelii Gaudium...
The Pope’s recent Apostolic Exhortation has drawn lots of criticism for its language in two or three paragraphs dealing with the economy. These criticisms should be taken seriously; I do not agree that they should be “spun” or “finessed” away, so that apparent problems disappear. However, first they should be placed in proper context.
Pope Francis is Person of the Year and it doesn’t mean a thing...
I’ve dealt with a lot of crazy people in my time in public office. Many of them have pulled me aside to share their delusions. I’ve always handled it as gently as I could. But I never considered dropping everything and following them off to Mars or wherever they thought they were going. You can tell when someone is delusional. It’s not difficult at all.
As night follows day, atheism leads to totalitarianism...
There’s a report today that a spoiled teen who killed four people, wounded and permanently damaged others in a horrible DUI crash is to receive therapy rather than a jail term. Rod Dreher comments on it here and links to a local news story here.
In Jackson and beyond, "What does it mean to be Catholic?"
Alongside this Thursday's "Merry Sis-mas" in Texas, at Roman Noon today the Pope likewise launched Fr Joseph Kopacz, 63 – a career pastor and onetime vicar-general of Scranton – way down South as bishop of Jackson. To be sure, it's the kind of long-haul move we haven't seen in a while. Still, as the most beloved...
An Advent plan for a non-people person...
To high-energy, sanguine, chipper citizens who like to step in and improve other people’s lives, the ever-earlier onset of the “Christmas” season is a gift from the baby Jesus. Now they can start before Thanksgiving to make up the lists of “improving” presents they will shower on friends and family: that diet book “you simply have to try...
One timely encounter! Guadalupe, Francis, and our urgent mission...
Encounter is the door into the deepest reality of our lives, where we exercise our truest freedom. We exercise this freedom in union with the Trinity, participating in the love the Father has for the Son and the Holy Spirit, the love that he has for us in creating us and providing for us.
The "ugly" side of Nebraska Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini...
When Bo Pelini dropped a handful of f-bombs in a private setting two years ago (which happened to be recorded, and then happened to be released to the public recently), he put himself in a bad situation. He apologized, as he should have. When asked about his sideline demeanor on ESPN First Take...
The LA Times asks some (and only some) of the most crucial questions about Cardinal Mahony...
If you were going to design a Catholic cardinal (as opposed to an Episcopal Church bishop) who would please the powers that be at The Los Angeles Times, that man would have to look a whole lot like Cardinal Roger Mahony. Obviously, Mahony never tossed out the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith. However...
A grace of softness in a hard world: Reviewing Dean Koontz's novel "Innocence"
A few weeks ago, Pope Francis made news for spontaneously embracing a severely disfigured man named Vinicio Riva during a public audience at the Vatican. According to CNN, Riva, “has long been accustomed to the unkindness of strangers. He suffers from a non-infectious genetic disease, neurofibromatosis type 1.
At the center of the American continent is a pregnant woman...
A pregnant woman has a feast today, December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her apparition at Tepeyac in 1532, as an expectant Aztec woman, took place at the geographic center of the new world, in Mexico. That same woman also had a feast last Monday, the celebration of her Immaculate Conception.
Msgr. Mike Sis, the man who turned Texas A&M into a Catholic powerhouse, is about to become a bishop...
As the saying goes, we stand on the shoulders of giants. If there are any giants in the history of St. Mary's Catholic Center, then Msgr. Mike Sis is certainly one of them. Today he was named Bishop of San Angelo, by Pope Francis. As Rocco Palmo told me this morning on the phone, "Francis came to Aggieland". Fr.
"By this, all men will know that you are my disciples"
As Catholics, we have a wonderful opportunity over the next two weeks as we patiently await the arrival of Jesus to show our co-workers, friends, community and the world the beauty of our faith and the great capacity for love in our hearts. As we prepare ourselves, what are we doing to help others?
Whatever became of Advent fasting and penance?
I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used in advent is akin to its use in Lent, in that both are considered penitential seasons. Hence we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally Advent was a time we would, like Lent take part in penitential practices such as fasting and abstinence.
An Examination of Conscience for the Internet...
"Since it is Advent, and since this is a time for penitence and penance, and since John the Baptist just called us last Sunday to “Repent!,” I thought it worthwhile to reconsider how a lot of us spend our time here on the digital continent. Over the weekend, Pope Francis called on the faithful to use the Internet as a source of hope.
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