Blogs

On the Limits of Identity Politics

Over the past several months, my social media feeds have gone topsy-turvy, and a conversation in a hotel parking lot sums it up. I was having my morning coffee and this guy was also having his coffee, out in the open air, keeping our distance,...

St. Ephrem the Deacon, and other Saintly Deacons

St. Ephrem the Deacon is the only Eastern deacon who is a Doctor of the Church, and was known even during his own lifetime as “The Harp of The Holy Ghost” — mainly for his ability to set theological teachings to music, and especially for his...

St. Thomas – More Than Just a Doubter

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” ―John 20:28 Although several stories of doubt exist in the Bible, it is Thomas’s incident that seems to catch the most attention, earning him the nickname “Doubting Thomas.” Fortunately,...

Thomas Said to Jesus, “My Lord and My God!”

Who would not doubt their senses if they saw a formerly dead person walking around and asking for a bite of fish? Who would not want to know if this were some sort of sick joke by those who wanted to prove that these followers of Christ were...

Vatican Appoints Canonist to Look Into Communion and Liberation’s Lay Association

The Vatican has appointed a commission headed by an apostolic delegate to revise the statutes and directorate of the lay association Memores Domini — consecrated lay faithful who are part of the Communion and Liberation movement. At a June 26...

‘Iconodules,’ Brave Defenders of Sacred Images, are Needed Once More

A new iconoclasm has erupted. The urge to tear down and smash images, the literal definition of iconoclasm, is currently extending into the destruction of Christian imagery. But in the time-honored iconography of Christianity, images exist for...

The Swamp of Subjective Sentimentality

A friend commented about the LGBTQ controversy recently. He has family members who are homosexual and they are furious with the Catholic Church, saying, “Who are they to define marriage?” In discussing the problem we observed that most Americans...

Death Shall Be No More

He was the uncle I never knew. The fabled older brother my father looked up to when alive, then scarcely spoke of when dead. First in the family to volunteer after Pearl Harbor, he flew combat missions over Europe until, as fate would have it,...

Hope & Wonder: Finding God in Silence and Seeing With the Heart

In the Old Testament, God often took bold measures to connect with His people in order to instruct them (think of Moses and the burning bush). And remember Samuel: God called to him during the night, and poor, tired Samuel thought it was Eli...

Pope Francis Expresses Condolences to Benedict XVI on Death of Brother

Pope Francis has expressed his “deepest sympathy and spiritual closeness” to Benedict XVI following the death yesterday of the Pope Emeritus’ brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. “You were kind enough to tell me first the news of the death of your...