How could Abraham do what he did?
How could Abraham do what he did? He fully trusted in God, and through this trust he and us were greatly blessed. God had promised descendants to Abraham through his son, Isaac, declaring, “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.” Because of the miraculous birth his son and other experiences with God, Abraham believed the Lord could and would keep all his promises.
Introduction to a Giant, St. John Henry Newman...
Of the making of anthologies there is no end. Some are collections of great essays from the past, some collections of papers from conferences or perhaps solicited pieces in honor of a living or recently deceased scholar and centered around a general theme, while some are meant to be capacious treatments of the different aspects of a particular question or the thought of a particular writer. A Guide to John Henry Newman: His Life and Thought is in the last category...
On Ukraine war’s 2nd anniversary, is ‘Fiducia’ a new obstacle to Vatican’s peace push on Ukraine?
As the world marked the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine yesterday, the failure to date of all diplomatic efforts, including those of the Vatican, to bring the war to an end were painfully clear. The most obvious reason for those failures, of course, is the fact that neither Russia nor Ukraine have yet shown any real interest in making the sort of concessions that would be necessary for a negotiated settlement.
Amid St. Patrick’s Cathedral funeral controversy, will Cardinal Dolan watch the pitch?
When he sat down for his satellite radio show this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan likely knew exactly what he’d be asked about. As he talked about Lenten fish fries and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Harrison Butker, he probably knew what was coming next. But when he was eventually asked about a controversial funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dolan seemed to hope he could skip the topic.
A Bleak Year for Christian Unity Concludes...
The Apostles Peter and Paul have two feasts each. Their principal one is shared on June 29, and then each has his own, too. The Conversion of Paul is marked on Jan. 25 and the Chair of St. Peter on Feb. 22. The first of those feasts concludes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All three feasts celebrate the apostolic foundations of Christian unity...
Most Catholics Have Stopped Worrying About Saving Souls...
As a rule, evangelists from Texas don’t go shopping for bourbon before a speech. But that’s what Marcel LeJeune and some friends did when the Catholic Missionary Disciples leader spoke at a Franciscan University conference last summer in Steubenville, Ohio. Things turned serious while chatting with a saleswoman when he asked how she was doing, and she bluntly replied...
Report: Cardinal Calls for ‘Permanent’ Dialogue with Freemasons...
A cardinal taking part in a “historic” closed-door meeting on Friday between the heads of Italy’s Freemasonic lodges and senior Catholic Church leaders has called for a “permanent” dialogue to be opened with the secretive organization, despite masonry being long condemned by the Church.
What is ‘Catholic Enough?’ The simple answer might surprise you...
A discussion among practicing Catholics occurred in a social media group, inevitably landing on current divisions between Catholics — those who would describe themselves as “orthodox” vs the “more progressive;” those who pronounce themselves “proudly cafeteria” versus those who identify as “proudly traditionalist.”
This Sunday, Jesus Points All of Lent (Along With All of Time) Toward the Resurrection...
The Church presents us with the spectacular story of the Transfiguration on the Second Sunday of Lent Year B for the same reason Jesus presented the transfiguration to the first apostles 2,000 years ago. It is immensely clarifying of the point of Lent and, in fact, our entire earthly existence, from the beginning to the end of time...
Alabama and IVF: God Loves Us When We’re Embryos, and Wants Our Trust When We’re Adults...
Last week, Alabama’s Supreme Court handed down a decision involving damages for negligence at a fertility clinic in the state. Lax security standards allowed an unauthorized person access to the area where frozen embryos were stored. That person picked up a storage pack, cryopreserved at subzero temperatures...
On G.K. Chesterton’s thrilling (and accurate) account of man...
I am re-reading some of the work of G. K. Chesterton this Lent, for the simple reason that Chesterton always reawakens me to the freshness of what it really means to be human, to seek God, and to find Christ. His style never fails to delight me: His frequent use of paradox; his gently argumentative but always generous tone; his atypical and unexpected examples, comparisons and contrasts; and his unfailing humor. I appreciate all this immensely, even though I know the verbal ride...
Cardinal Dolan on St. Patrick’s Funeral: ‘We Don’t Do FBI Checks on People Who Want to Be Buried’...
Priests at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City were surprised by the “irreverence and disrespect” that occurred during a funeral for a transgender activist last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in his first public comments on it. “We didn’t know the background. We don’t do FBI checks on people who want to be buried,” Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said during his podcast Tuesday.
Prayer time, indecent money, and crisis communications...
It’s always a little awkward, I find, trying to strike the right tone of penitential enthusiasm heading into the spiritual desert. I’m acutely aware I’m not impressing God in the slightest with my modest seasonal disciplines, nor could I, no matter what prayers and penances I were to adopt. I try very hard to recall that these 40 days are something God is giving me, not the other way around.
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