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  • The False God of Absolute Freedom
    on June 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    On April 24, 2005, I had the privilege of being in St Peter’s Square in Rome for the inaugural Mass of the now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. His homily that day was interrupted several times by applause but especially after he spoke the following words towards the end: Are we not perhaps all […]

  • Catholic Boy to Catholic Man: A Millennial on Why He Remains
    on June 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Back when my younger son was a teenager we’d shared a surprising conversation over a suppertime hamburger. He’d asked me whether it was true that the Holy Eucharist is sometimes accepted at Mass by someone, only to remain unconsumed and spirited out of a church for use in various, […]

  • Did the Ascension Really Happen?
    on June 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    At the climax of the forty days spent with the disciples after his resurrection, Jesus ascended bodily into heaven. Catholics have always understood this to be a literal, miraculous event. We believe it really happened—and as a universal Church, we celebrated the Feast of the […]

  • Dante’s Roadmap to Paradise
    on June 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Dante’s vision of the afterlife centers upon two features: order and motion. The world is truly ordered and orderly, and yet within it there is great movement. It is clear to all that there is order within the world, that the world follows certain rules and fits together in a definite way. […]

  • In Defense of Exaggerated Marian Devotion
    on June 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Protestants aren’t the only ones who find Catholic devotion to Mary a bit over-the-top sometimes. A lot of Catholics find other Catholics, including great saints like Alphonsus Liguori and Louis de Montfort, to be a little “much” when talking about the Virgin Mary. I get it. Take […]


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  • Begotten Not Made
    on June 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Nicene Creed articulates the mystery of the Trinity with the wonderful phrase "begotten not made," meaning that the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the […]

  • The Holy Spirit and Mission
    on June 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, one of the truly great moments in the life of the Church. The Holy Spirit comes to give many spiritual gifts, which prepare us to enter into relationship with Christ and embark on mission. […]

  • The Ascension of Jesus
    on May 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Too often we read the Ascension as the moment when Jesus “went away,” when he left us on our own and went off to heaven, where we hope some day to join him. But the Ascension is not Jesus going away; it is Jesus assuming his position as leader of the Church’s life. […]


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