May 23, 2013 7:02 AM The Ideal of Pope Francis: the Servant Church By Phil Lawler
“When the Church becomes closed up on itself it gets sick.” With that single sentence, uttered during a prayer vigil before Pentecost, Pope Francis summed up the most important theme of his pontificate. Before the conclave...
May 21, 2013 6:13 PM Against a Facile Assurance of Salvation, the Need for Mystery By Dr. Jeff Mirus
It is likely that too many Catholics think too little about their own salvation, but perhaps not only for the most obvious reason. My own first thought is that such a dearth of due diligence concerning salvation is a result of...
May 22, 2013 The sad decline of self-government By Phil Lawler
When I was very young, sometime in my grammar-school years, I had the habit of going with my father to the annual Town Meeting. I found it fascinating to watch as the people settled the business of our town. I believed then, and still...
May 21, 2013 The Mystery of the Spirit
I've been thinking lately about the disconnect between the spiritual and modern culture, which does its best to squeeze the spiritual out. I've tried to capture one aspect of the problem, as it affects even Catholics, here: Against a...
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Ordinary Time: May 24th
Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time: Australia: Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians; Bl. Louis-Zepherin Moreau (Canada)
Today the Church in Australia celebrates the Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians. Mary Help of Christians was adopted as patron of the new Church of Australia in 1844, at a significant time in their history. British settlement was... More
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May 23, 2013 The Rise and Fall of the (American?) Church By Dr. Jeff Mirus
Writing about the rise and fall of the Catholic Church in the United States is a very tricky thing, and Russell Shaw has done a fine job of it in his new book from Ignatius Press, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and...