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Bilingualism is our Catholic treasure

How many languages do you speak? I speak two, English and Spanish. I can also read comfortably in two other languages. My wife and children are bilingual and so are most of the people with whom I worship ...



Wisdom's FeastScott Hahn

The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today's First Reading. We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3--4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly ...

St. Lawrence and the treasures of the ChurchFather Steve Grunow

Today (8/10) the Church celebrates the witness of Saint Lawrence, who was brutally tortured and killed because he would not renounce his Christian faith when commanded to do so during the reign of the ...

Making the right choice for your childKathy Mears

As we contemplate the end of summer and the beginning of fall, we all know that our schools will soon reopen to thousands of students and their teachers. We also know that for some families, a school ...

Eddie Gaedel and his championDick Flavin

67 years ago, on Aug. 19, 1951, in the second game of a doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns -- now the Baltimore Orioles -- pulled a surprise switch on their opponents, the Detroit Tigers. In the bottom ...

Keep your eyes on ChristDeacon Dan Burns

I recently returned from a business trip to China. I was struck by the culture of striving and technology that exists there. In the past 40 years Beijing has grown from a city that once had oxen drawn ...

The 'poor in spirit'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. One of the beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Does that mean those simple-minded people who don't ask any questions? (Lake Monticello, Virginia) A. I like ...

The Power of a ComplimentFather Ron Rolheiser

Thomas Aquinas once suggested that it's a sin to not give a compliment to someone when it's deserved because by withholding our praise we're depriving that person of the food that he or she needs to live ...

The current crisisGeorge Weigel

The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war caused the premature suspension of the First Vatican Council on October 20, 1870 and left the Church's theological self-understanding somewhat imbalanced. In its ...