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'All the leaves are brown'Effie Caldarola

''All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray." As we lean into another Advent, that opening line of "California Dreamin''' plays in my head. I love the Mamas and the Papas 1965 ...

Entering the spiritual space of John the BaptistBishop Robert Barron

One of my favorite places on earth is the great Cathedral of Chartres, located about an hour by train south of Paris. For me, it represents the richest expression of Gothic architecture, and the Gothic ...

Of purgatoryMichael Pakaluk

There are Christians who regard themselves as needing to be persuaded that purgatory exists and Christians who have long since been convinced in faith that it does exist and have for many years acted ...

Mother Alfred and the need for women religiousBishop Robert Barron

My new hero is Mother Alfred Moes. I realize that she is not a household name, even among Catholics, but she should be. She came on my radar screen only after I became the bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, ...

'Dei Verbum' and the 60th anniversary of Vatican IIBishop Robert Barron

I am composing these words on Oct. 11, 2022, which is the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, easily the most momentous ecclesial event of the 20th century. I think it's ...

Scripture supports after IanMaureen Pratt

As Hurricane Ian closed in on Florida, then the southeastern coast of the United States, weather broadcasters offered a steady stream of expert advice on how to prepare. Now that the storm is past, and ...

Natural law against natural rightsMichael Pakaluk

A common story is that natural law is in harmony with Catholic morality, because all law aims at a common good, and thus to promote the natural law is to promote the common good. In contrast, natural ...

Four ways to grow the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

Last week, I met with the deans of our diocese to discuss a number of issues, the most prominent of which was the ongoing process of merging some of our parishes and reorganizing others into clusters. ...

Queen Elizabeth II: Faithful discipleBishop Robert Barron

I was in Rome last week to give a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. Perhaps at a later date I will share some of what I taught and learned at that conference. I was supposed to go ...

Let us double the number of our seminarians!Bishop Robert Barron

It was fully my intention to have all of the Winona-Rochester seminarians stand at one point during my installation Mass homily. I had told the people that, in the words of John Paul II, "ecclesia de ...