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The Church as a householdMichael Pakaluk

What seems an accidental confluence of books can be providential, which is perhaps the best reason for reading several books at the same time. Gregory of Tours, the late sixth-century bishop, perhaps ...

Cardinal's letter on ROE ActCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following is the text of the letter Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley asked to be read at all Masses Jan. 18-19 urging Catholics to contact their legislators in opposition to the so-called ROE Act. As we proceed ...

Mysteries in our faithMichael Pakaluk

There seem to be two basic approaches that we can take to reality and our place within it. These approaches are exclusive, and we need to choose between them. Either (1) we are set on accepting reality ...

Make 2020 a year of forgivenessEffie Caldarola

As we trudge into 2020, a year that promises to be just as rancorous politically as the year we are ending, I find myself thinking about forgiveness. Not forgiveness as a meek act of acquiescing to evil, ...

An amazing journeyHolly Clark

I was working at a faith formation festival in my parish when I believe that the Holy Spirit descended upon me in a blanket of warmth and love. A voice said to me, "You are meant to be here, doing what ...

In praise of God's follyMichael Pakaluk

I want to convince you that folly is real, and that Christ gives us the remedy for it. Folly or foolishness is deplored by Our Lord. Remember the man who filled up his silos with grain, and planned on ...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Dismissed and dissed?Effie Caldarola

Dorothy Day supposedly uttered that famous phrase, "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily." Day, of course, now has her own cause for sainthood. And she was deeply devoted to ...

Progress and the spread of ChristianityMichael Pakaluk

Which of these two scenarios do you tend to believe, or regard as nearest to the truth? Scenario one: We have not yet seen the full flourishing of Christianity. The Christian faith, mainly through the ...

Newman -- Prophet of the Great ApostasyMichael Pakaluk

A "biglietto," in Italian, is a ticket or card. In May 1879, a messenger from the Vatican Secretary of State brought a message to a 78-year-old English priest, written on a biglietto, that the priest ...

The myriad sounds we hearFather Eugene Hemrick

The variety of sounds in a city is bewildering. Recently, I identified sounds I heard while standing on the corner of Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. At the Metro station, a young man belted out ...