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Prophetic voices for our timeMichael Pakaluk

If a prophet like those of Old Testament times were to visit human society today, what would he criticize us for? How would he urge us to change? Or perhaps we have been sent similar prophets but have ...

The first point of faith Michael 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 mercy Michael 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, ...

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 worst pope in history Michael 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 ...

'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 ...

Father Murray and national unity Michael Pakaluk

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Father John Courtney Murray's great book reflecting on what he called "The American Proposition," entitled "We Hold These Truths." I've gone back to that book these ...