John Grondelski

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Martyr of Our Times

Oct. 19 marks the 35th anniversary of the kidnapping of Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947-1984). The young priest, chaplain of the Polish “Solidarity” trade union, was taken by Communist secret police while returning to Warsaw from a prayer service in...

Ven. Tomás Morales, ‘A Prophet of Our Time’ Who Died 25 Years Ago

Oct. 1 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of the Ven. Tomás Morales, S.J. (1908-1994), founder of a number of four lay apostolic movements that collectively go by the name of the “Family of Mary,” because they are under Our Lady’s...

The Problem of “Human Dignity”

In his 1976 Lenten retreat for St. Paul VI, St. John Paul II told his predecessor that documents like Humanae vitae and Persona humana (the Vatican Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics) indicated that the Church was at the...

The Gospel of ‘Intolerance,’ the Gospel of Poverty

The 14th Chapter of the Gospel of Luke challenges many Catholics. We entertain a picture of “Jesus, meek and mild,” one’s ideal neighbor, and yet he announces that one is incapable of following him “without hating his father and mother, wife and...

3 Ways You Might Be Hurt by Society’s Rejection of the Family

Author and public intellectual Mary Eberstadt has penned a thought-provoking essay, “The Great Scattering: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life.” It reflects a theme in her new book,

Work as Vocation — What It Is and What It Isn’t

Labor Day 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of that federal holiday, established in 1894 to honor the American worker. Many priests may use the occasion to repeat the old saw about Catholic social teaching being “our best kept secret.” Some may...

Since You Can’t Take It With You

My wife, Dorotka, enjoys watching programs about real estate and houses. A sub-genre of those programs is old houses, and the treasures to be found in attics, especially (but not only) in the attics of hoarders. Attics have ceased to be an...

Do We Really Believe ‘the Children are Our Future?’

Whitney Houston told us in song, back in 1985, that “I believe the children are our future.” In doing so, she joined a long line of people, starting in Antiquity and running through George Benson (from whom Houston got the song), that recognized...

The Amazing, Little-Known Story of 11 Nuns of Nowogródek, Martyred by Nazis 76 Years Ago Today

Nuns have often been called “brides of Christ,” referring to their mystical espousal of the Lord, often symbolized by their receiving wedding rings (think St. Catherine of Siena) at their final profession of vows. Today, I want to share the...

Illusions Aside, Nobody Marries Alone

“Super easy,” was how one practitioner described getting married under the District of Columbia’s “self-officiant” marriage procedures. Self-officiant weddings are ceremonies in which one of the parties getting married also acts as the...