Category Archives: New Evangelization

How New Media Can Enhance Our Lives

When I shared the terrible things social media are doing to our lives, I started by quoting Plato’s fears that writing would hurt our memories. He was right — it did. But of course writing did much more than that: It put an order and discipline to our thinking that not only made us better [...]

The Church Isn’t Dead

“Sleep with the angels.” “Rise with the Saints.” “Party with the Pope.” This is a little nighttime saying that a past roommate and I would always recite, back and forth, as we fell asleep. The last one is obviously my favorite. Party with the Pope! A week after being at the canonizations of St. John [...]

John XXIII, John Paul II, and the Triumph of Vatican II

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in order to modernize the Church and help it get with the times. His vision for reform lives on in those progressive folks who like talking about “social justice” the “spirit of the Council.” Meanwhile, Good Pope John’s revolutionary vision for [...]

Can Father Kelly’s ‘Hallelujah’ Begin Healing Catholic Ireland’s Heart?

Why has one Irish priest’s soaring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during an April 5 wedding at Catholic church in County Meath spread like wildfire through Ireland and around the world, turning into an Internet sensation? And Father Ray Kelly has done it before. This is from March 22, 2014. While questions could be asked about [...]

10 Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul II Existed

The saints who will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning a week of events leading up to the naming of our St. John Paul II Student Center on his canonization day, we [...]

The Sicilian Nun, the Teary-Eyed Italian Rapper and Other Little Miracles

One of the great gifts of the Internet is the ability to see little miracles from around the world. And they’re not always Marian apparitions or amazing healings or people rescued from near-certain death or even a puppy fished from a drainpipe (although it’s hard to beat that one). No, sometimes they’re reality-TV auditions, and [...]

Vatican II: A Great Gift to the Church

  I’m not a Vatican II scholar (I know, you’re shocked) but I’ve always had the notion that the Second Vatican Council was, all in all, a good thing. And I still do, but I don’t articulate why it was a good thing nearly as well as some other people do. I missed this article by George [...]

How the Great Books Rewired My Brain

In the five years I have worked at Benedictine College, my wife, April, and I have longed, hoped, pleaded and planned for a Benedictine College Great Books Program. Our old friends Edward Mulholland and Susan (Orr) Traffas have finally accomplished the goal: The program starts this Fall, in time for Hoopes Child Number 2 (of [...]


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