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Babes and almsMichael Pakaluk

"I was hungry, and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in." "As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me." The ...

Some critics of religion need to pick up their gameBishop Robert Barron

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Lex Fridman for a wide-ranging two-hour conversation. Lex is a professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at MIT and an extremely popular podcaster. ...

Our Catholic president and the most pressing moral issue of our timeBishop Robert Barron

On numerous occasions throughout his public career, President Biden asserted his personal belief as a Catholic that human life begins at conception and that abortion, therefore, is morally wrong. He has ...

Effective Evangelization commences with joyBishop Robert Barron

One of the great icons in the Catholic Church today is Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York making his way up the aisle to commence Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. While the congregation belts ...

In the last daysMichael Pakaluk

''But understand this," says St. Paul, "in the last days, there will come times of stress" (RSVCE). Other translations have "grievous times," "terrifying times," and "dangerous times." (2 Tim ...

Gun Violence and the Deep Sadness of Our TeensBishop Robert Barron

Like every other reasonable person in our society, I'm worried sick about the phenomenon of gun violence, and I'm especially concerned about what it reveals regarding the status of young people, ...

Cardinal O'Malley's statement on overturning of Roe v. WadeCardinal Sean P. O’Malley

The following statement was issued by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley on June 24, 2022, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned ...

René Girard and the Social Media SwampBishop Robert Barron

I had the good fortune last week of conducting a conversation with Luke Burgis, the author of a splendid book called "Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life." The text is a practical and ...

What's cooking? Ingredients for lifeMaureen Pratt

Congratulations, graduates, you're on your way! Whether leaving high school, college, graduate or trade school -- you have worked hard and achieved much! Parents, friends, family, God and even strangers ...

Our Lord's amazing lack of condescensionMichael Pakaluk

Here is a puzzle that theologians grapple with. It was not necessary for the Second Person of the Trinity to die on the cross in order to save the human race. Any act whatsoever by an incarnate God -- ...