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  • Why Christian Higher Education Still Matters
    on April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

    There is a growing debate regarding the viability and need of higher education today. But Chris Hazell argues that a Christian liberal arts education can lead a student to a better understanding of what they need to truly thrive in the world. […]

  • Two Healings, One Bridge
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Today, Elizabeth Scalia reflects upon two of Christ's healings, which reveal a bridge between justice and mercy, the law and the sacraments, and the Old and New Covenants. […]

  • “Lincoln in the Bardo” and the Last Things
    on April 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Today, Peggy Pandaleon discusses George Saunders’ bestselling book, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” and the ways in which it unveils deeper mysteries than expected. […]

  • You Want It Darker
    on April 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

    “You Want It Darker,” one of Leonard Cohen’s final songs, is a work of raw, shocking honesty, a protest in the face of the dark night of evil. Today, Dr. Tom Neal reflects on the Old Testament dimensions of this great poet’s lament and surrender to God. […]

  • “The Flash,” Fear, and the Kenosis of Marriage
    on April 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Today, Rachel Bulman discusses how the hit show “The Flash” reveals a truth of the human condition and how the act of self-emptying, exemplified in marriage, brings light into the darkness we all experience. […]

 

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  • Getting St. Peter’s Sermon Right
    by Bishop Robert Barron on April 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Our first reading for today proposes a very serious challenge to the inclusiveness and non-judgmentalism that is taken for granted in our culture today. The chief of the Apostles says, “He is the stone rejected by you the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation […]

  • The Basics of Christian Proclamation
    by Bishop Robert Barron on April 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Our readings for this third Sunday of Easter provide lessons in fundamental Christianity and a kind of master class in preaching. And notice the tension they stress between sin and grace. To get this tension wrong, to emphasize unduly one side or the other, produces mischief in religion. […]

  • Divine Mercy
    by Bishop Robert Barron on April 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    On this Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, we remember the dedication of this day by Saint John Paul II in honor of St. Faustina’s vision of Christ, in which the Lord’s heart radiated forth with divine mercy for the world. But what does mercy mean? It designates the suffering […]

 

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  • The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year
    on April 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I went to see “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski’s new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. How wonderful when a film surprises you! […]

  • Paul Tillich and “The Shape of Water”
    on March 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

    The title of this year’s Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” gives away the game, for the one thing that water does not have is shape. Its very essence is fluidity, formlessness, and freedom from structure. But a film that celebrates this freedom—produced by someone […]

  • A Case for Priestly Celibacy
    on March 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Everything in this world—including sex, family, and worldly relationships—is good, but impermanently so. But while the non-ultimacy of worldly realities can and should be proclaimed through words, it will be believed only when people can see it. This is why, the Church is convinced, God […]