‘Liturgical Dress’: Wearing God’s Word Every Day

James R. Celoni is a music director for his parish and, for a living, he’s a “technical evangelist”for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, helping parishes, schools and other church organizations find the best ways to use technology to achieve the mission of spreading the Word of God. Of course, at daily Mass everywhere around the world, Catholics are fed Scripture, with readings fr... More
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The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of All Saints and All Souls commemorate our beloved dead, but they also remind us of the impermanence of our worldly existence and the eternal judgment in the spiritual realm. In the Northern Hemisphere, we have a vivid expression of decay and corruption all around ... More
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Cast Your Nets

One of the themes to emerge from the debates and discussions surrounding the Synod on the Family is the counter-cultural nature of traditional values. Yuval Levin, writing in First Things, takes up one strand of this thought, writing about the decentralization and polarization of our society–which he notes is not necessarily a bad thing. Individuals and families are searching for a sense of ... More

Lord, Have Mercy

In the Synod on the Family, there is a lot of discussion about mercy. As Pope Francis said a year ago, the Catholic Church is a “field hospital” for sinners. He also said, “In pastoral ministry, we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds.” In this interview, he was already alluding to the wounds to the dignity of the human person and to the family which are the subject of the ... More

What is Love? A Crust for the Critics

Returning to the diabolical trinity from your humble writer’s post from last week, we look deeper at the importance of procreation in defining the marital bond. Many people take issue with the Catholic teaching that in order for the sacrament of matrimony to be valid, both the man and the woman must be open to life. People are free to disagree with the Catholic Church, but for the reasons di... More

Robert Bellarmine and Global Warming

In the popular imagination, Galileo was a courageous champion of Science (YAY!) against the corrupt and backwards Catholic Church. (BOOO!) This simplistic view is attractive to people with a natural hostility to people of faith. It is also false. On this feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, we should remember that, contrary to the standard narrative, the Catholic Church has defended and promoted empi... More

Christ is the Light

Today, we celebrate one of my favorite feasts in the Roman Calendar: the Transfiguration. In the day’s Gospel reading, we see Moses and Elijah appear before the disciples and Jesus turns into a brilliant and dazzling pure light in every aspect, echoing the Prophecy of Daniel: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as whi... More
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Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishops’ Residences

CNN published an inflammatory and provocative piece of link-bait over the weekend criticizing the Catholic Church because some of the larger archdioceses happen to have “lavish homes” for their archbishops. In the process of concern-trolling for a religion he clearly despises, the writer, Daniel Burke, reveals how little he understands about the Catholic Church. Below are just seven wa... More

Colbert, O’Brien, Kimmel, Fallon, Daly, Gutfeld, Wilmore — Catholics Rule the Night

Catholic Stephen Colbert tapped to replace David Letterman on CBS ‘Late Show’ Catholics who think their values are underrepresented in the media are probably right, but that’s not for a lack of baptized Catholics in front of the cameras — at least in latenight TV. Recently, Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert was named as host of CBS’ “Late Show,” replacing David Lett... More

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