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The Holy Spirit Option

On the fourth anniversary of his election, Pope Francis tweeted “May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word.” Yes, I’m writing a column on a tweet — and one by someone who has a lot more power than his Twitter account — but...

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Are You Strange?: Philadelphia Archbishop Rallies Catholics To Sainthood

“Do we believe in God or not?” “Are we on fire with a love for Jesus Christ or not?” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput asks these questions in his new book, Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World. “[I]f we’re not,” the Philadelphia archbishop...

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Going Deeper Into The Life Of The Word: A New Book Is A Lenten Ignatian Walk With Christ

“[R]eading the Word of God, the Bible, brings us even closer to the Word of God, Jesus,” New York-based editor Gary Jansen writes in his new book Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the Stations of the Cross. Jansen takes a Scriptural approach to the Passion and death of Christ,...

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Seeking A Peace Treaty In The War Of The Sexes

Denial has brought chaos. A new book urges beginning again. “Sex has become scandalous,” Ashley McGuire writes in her new book, Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female. “Sex,” she writes, “needn’t be a scandal. It should be a source of potential and the starting point for true...

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On Knowing Love, A Jewel Box For The Life Of Faith

The book is the color of a box from Tiffany’s, the jewelry store. But what’s inside You’re Worth It! Change the Way You Feel About Yourself by Discovering How Jesus Feels About You is all the more beautiful. Danielle Bean, who is editor of Catholic Digest, dedicates the book “To Jesus, whom I...

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A New Guide To Living A Marian Life

“By a singular gift of God’s grace, no one other than her Son was ever so meek, humble, or grace-filled as the Blessed Virgin,” a new Manual for Marian Devotion notes. It’s a leather-bound volume (also available on Kindle) meant to help guide not only prayer by a lifestyle of going to Mary as...

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Officer McDonald, Patron Saint Of Mercy In Our Times

For many New Yorkers, a beloved neighbor and true hero of mercy died this month. “New York’s Finest” took on new meaning when the world came to know Police Officer Steven McDonald, who was shot by a teenager in Central Park in the summer of 1986, paralyzing him from the neck down. “He became a...

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Love In The Time Of President Trump: Getting Beyond #Sad, #Resist

Did you pray for President Donald J. Trump today? I ask this because everywhere I go, people seem to be constantly talking about the new president. People are outraged, people are stunned, people are excited, people are hopeful. Sometimes we are talking in the sacristies or backs of churches....

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Where To Find Hope: A Merciless Election In The Holy Year Of Mercy

I’ve been thinking a lot about hope in the wake of the presidential election. In part because as the executive power of the presidency will be transferred in January from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, there is some question about to what extent the election of Trump is a repudiation of the legacy...

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Spiritual Warfare And The Saints Who Help

As we move from a month devoted to Mary, past Halloween, to a month that begins with a focus on all saints and souls, it is appropriate to think more about the spiritual world and the ongoing warfare that is a part of our lives, as to be better equipped. A lot of the work Paul Thigpen does is...

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The World Needs Rosary Champions

“It would be impossible to name all the many saints who discovered in the rosary a genuine path to growth in holiness,” St. John Paul II said in his 2002 apostolic letter on the Most Holy Rosary. Father Donald Calloway, a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the community...

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Mercy: A Mission Of Christian Love For The Americas

BOGOTA, Colombia — “Faced with a divided world which is in search of unity, we must proclaim with joy and firm faith that God is communion, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, unity in distinction, and that he calls all people to share in that same trinitarian communion.” That comes from the Second...

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Beyond Elections: How Catholics Can Find Their Place In Politics

There’s a genocide of Christians going on in the world today, with ISIS rallying to “take down the cross,” according to its English-language magazine. There’s heightened anger and hostility and deadly violence — including the political manipulation of young men who need more integration not...

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Krakow: A City Of Saints

KRAKOW, Poland — “Christ writes his calls in the living heart of man,” St. John Paul II said upon his return to Krakow in June of 1979. “And my heart was and has not ceased to be united with you, with this city, with this patrimony, with this ‘Polish Rome.’” Of his first “Eternal City,” he...