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The first point of faithMichael Pakaluk

We say it so often and so quickly that we may not even appreciate what we are saying, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and of earth, of all things, visible and invisible." Found ...

Beyond the righteousness of the Scribes and PhariseesMichael Pakaluk

Just as balloons can look designed to be popped, with the merest prick of pin, so do merely human ideals seem to beg for deflation. And yet we need them. If you doubt that, start paying attention. The ...

Cheap grace and cheap mercyMichael Pakaluk

''When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die," writes Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his spiritual masterwork, "The Cost of Discipleship." And Bonhoeffer did die. For him, the cost of opposing the Nazis, ...

Cardinal Seán -- 2021 Easter MessageCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Easter is the center and core of Christian faith. Christian faith is Resurrection faith; the Risen Christ, having conquered sin and death, remains with us across the ages. When we celebrate "the Triduum" ...

The Lord's first almsgivingMichael Pakaluk

Lent, we are aware, is a season of intense penance. "The interior penance of the Christian," the Catechism teaches, "can be expressed in many and various ways. Scripture and the Fathers insist above all ...

The power of questionsFather Eugene Hemrick

''A prudent question is one-half wisdom." This insight by English philosopher Francis Bacon possesses a fundamental principle for coping with today's disquiet: to use the power of the question. Let's ...

The worst pope in historyMichael Pakaluk

St. Peter was without doubt the worst pope in history. I hope you were shocked by this opening line, since that was my intent. But I meant it only in the trivially true sense that, since Peter was the ...

Picture thisEffie Caldarola

I am on a decluttering kick, spurred on by months of being a virtual prisoner in my own house. I have bags full of clothes to give away, books someone else may enjoy, junk that needs to be pitched. Most ...

'The Social Dilemma'Effie Caldarola

My brother has been a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for decades. He's the guy who opens the church and brews the coffee for the weekly meeting. But since March, his meetings have been on Zoom. ...

'Non Fecit Taliter Omni Nationi'Michael Pakaluk

The second most popular pilgrimage site in the world for Catholics used to be San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy, the town of Padre Pio, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, across from Rome. It's hard to measure ...