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The greatest stars, and the children they once were

This is the time of year when we get special joys from watching the delight on the faces of young children and grandchildren. It brings us back to the days when we were young and the world seemed less ...



The AnointingScott Hahn

The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God's plan -- that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made "co-heirs" to the blessings promised to Israel. This week, we're shown how ...

What would Aquinas do?Michael Pakaluk

January is a great month for Catholic feasts. It begins with the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. Then, there is the Holy Name of Jesus and the Epiphany. For Americans, the month contains three blockbuster ...

'Send us peace'Maureen Crowley Heil

Fides.org, the news service of the Pontifical Mission Societies at the Vatican, publishes an annual list of pastoral workers killed in the missions while serving the Church. For 2018, the list includes ...

Recovering intimacy in a lonely worldGreg Erlandson

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published "The Children of Men." Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had become incapable of reproducing itself. The ...

What's right with the Church?Jaymie Stuart Wolfe

Few writers are more pithy and quotable than G.K. Chesterton. That's why it is easy to believe the undocumented story that has circulated for quite some time. Allegedly, The Times of London invited numerous ...

I asked, 'Is that all there is, Lord?' and he answered meBenoit Thibault

I remember like it was yesterday. One day in 2011, when I was comfortably successful in the business world, I asked God that very question, "Is that all there is?" Oh boy! Did he ever answer me! I found ...

Giving to Shriners HospitalsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can Catholics morally give donations to the Shriners Hospitals? Their ads are very convincing, but aren't the Shriners Masons? (Surry, Virginia) A. All Shriners are Masons. (The reverse, though, ...

Struggling for SustenanceFather Ron Rolheiser

We all struggle to not give in to coldness and hatred. This was even a struggle for Jesus. Like the rest of us he had to struggle, mightily at times, to remain warm and loving. It's interesting to trace ...