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Fatima, the Rosary, and the Path to Peace

One of my favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for "cheating" on how they were ...



On "owning" the ChurchGeorge Weigel

The question of "who owns the Church" has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the 19th century, "lay trusteeism" -- lay boards ...

Form and chaosJohn Garvey

I am not the first to notice that ideas and styles spread across the fine arts, regardless of medium or genre. In the middle of the 19th century, orchestras grew to 100 or more musicians, and symphonies ...

Our Shadow and our Self-UnderstandingFather Ron Rolheiser

What is meant when certain schools of psychology today warn us about our "shadow"? What's our shadow? In essence, it's this: We have within us powerful, fiery energies that, for multiple reasons, we ...

Did Jesus feel abandoned?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, "My God, why have you abandoned me?" Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his Father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, ...

On our duty to welcome the strangerArchbishop Charles J. Chaput

For immigrants and refugees now in the United States, or who hope to come here in the near future, recent weeks have been a steady diet of anxiety and confusion. The legal struggle over travel bans on ...

Striking the RockScott Hahn

The Israelites' hearts were hardened by their hardships in the desert. Though they saw His mighty deeds, in their thirst they grumble and put God to the test in today's First Reading--a crisis point ...

True servant leadersKathy Mears

Service is at the heart of Catholic education. Without servant leaders in the classrooms and hallways of our schools, we would fail in our quest to develop saints and scholars.Recently we celebrated National ...

Four years into a Latino papacyHosffman Ospino

Four years have passed since the Holy Spirit inspired the election of the first Latino pope, Pope Francis. Wait. Did you say Latino or Latin American? Well, it depends on where you draw the line. I would ...