John Grondelski

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Time to Plan for Divine Mercy in Your Parish

Divine Mercy Sunday this year is April 28, the Sunday after Easter (the Second Sunday of Easter). If your pastor is like most, he’s now working on his schedule for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. It’s time also to think about Divine...

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DNA, Dog Tails, and Tales From the Crypt

Many years ago, I attended a lecture to which the late Father Matthew Lamb was the respondent. He began his response by calling the lecturer’s remarks “cryptic,” acknowledging he did not know whether their “cryptic” nature was accidental or...

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From Feticide to Infanticide, It’s Only a Matter of Inches

The U.S. Congress banned partial birth abortions, i.e., abortions performed late in pregnancy (usually from five to nine months), in 2003. In partial birth abortions, delivery is initiated only to be interrupted before the baby’s head emerges...

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From Your Mother’s Womb I Knew You

The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time are rich in terms of their content in terms of the right to life and sexual ethics. We should tease those elements out. Jeremiah receives God’s call to be His prophet, affirming that “before I...

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“Each One in the Body as He Intended”

Last Sunday’s Second Reading focused upon diversity in the Mystical Body of Christ: just as each part of the body contributes something to the whole without which the whole would be impoverished, so each member of the Body of Christ makes an...

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Remembering Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

We recently marked the tenth anniversary of the death (on Jan. 8, 2009) of the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, founder of the Institute on Religion and Public Life and the influential journal, First Things. This year also marks the Institute’s 30th...

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Water, the Humble and Wonderful Source of Life

A visitor from outer space would no doubt identify the distinguishing feature of the third rock from the Sun—in contrast to its planetary neighbors—as the presence of water. The iconic picture of Apollo 8, which orbited the moon fifty years ago...

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Cardinal O’Connor’s Pro-Life Legacy Lives On Among Students

Although it has existed for 20 years, the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life is still an underappreciated jewel that takes place in Washington every year around the March for Life. The student-run pro-life conference, organized by Georgetown...

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Catholics and the ERA

Virginia’s General Assembly—its Legislature—convened Jan. 9 for its 30-day 2019 session. Catholics in the United States should be concerned. Why? There is a powerful push in the current General Assembly to make Virginia the “38th” state to...

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Happy “Saint Distaff” Day!

For Catholics, Jan. 6, 2019, is the Solemnity of the Epiphany. But that’s only coincidental because the American bishops, having unmoored Epiphany from its traditionally fixed celebration on Jan. 6 and transferred it to the first Sunday of the...