February 01, 2015 1:35 AM St. Katharine Drexel shows how spiritual poverty and submission to Providence go hand in hand By Thomas Van
After St. Katharine Drexel founded her religious order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, everyone around her urged her to set aside some of her annual income to set up a fund which would endow the order’s works after her death....
January 30, 2015 3:12 PM Conscientious objection to vaccinations By Phil Lawler
Following an outbreak of measles that was traced back to Disneyland, public-health authorities are ramping up their campaign to persuade all American parents that their children should be vaccinated. This campaign places pressure on some...
February 01, 2015 The common good: isn't that just a weasel word? By Thomas Van
I suspect I'm not the only one who, when learning about Catholic social teaching, has at times found the phrase "the common good" to be frustratingly vague. As a college student, I suspected that it was nothing more than a...
January 30, 2015 The Human Mix of Good and Evil
It never ceases to amaze me how prone we men and women are to mix good with evil. We find it so hard to get things exactly right! Much of our commentary this week seems to address this mix. For example, Phil Lawler reflects on our...
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Ordinary Time: February 1st
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of... More
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January 23, 2015 Receiving Holy Communion Under Special Circumstances: Continuing the Conversation By Jennifer Gregory Miller
Earlier this month I wrote about how formation and catechizing our children can go beyond the simple Q&A catechism and continues, especially in special needs for receiving the Eucharist. (See Baptism Begins a Continuing Catechesis:...
January 29, 2015 On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ By Dr. Jeff Mirus
When I was a brash young graduate student in the very early 1970s, Professor Lawrence Stone tried to teach me that the English Revolution and civil war were essentially caused by social and demographic factors, and that the previous...