• Faithful citizens and the cause of human life

    American democracy depends on churches, religious institutions and religious believers all being engaged in the discussions and debates that shape our common life together. For Catholics, our civic engagement must always be rooted in our faith in Jesus and in the moral principles and social teachings he entrusted to his Church.

  • Loving the Church

    Our faith in Jesus Christ is deeply personal. But we do not have faith as solitary individuals. We do not believe on our own. 

  • Our God is the God of the living

    For me, Día de los Muertos is a beautiful example of the Church’s rich traditions of popular piety and devotion, expressing in deeply personal ways how our faith and spirituality are lived in our families and homes.

  • Proclaiming the mystery of family love

    I am happy to be writing you this week from Los Angeles. It’s great to be back home!

  • Holy spouses, holy families

    As synod 2015 began its final week of work, Pope Francis canonized a married couple, Louis and Zélie Martin, whose nine children included the Doctor of the Church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

  • Proclaim the beauty of God’s plan for the family

    I am writing to you again this week from Rome, at the start of the second week of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will run for two more weeks, when Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass on Oct. 25.

  • The family is God’s dream for his creation

    I am writing to you this week from Rome, where we have just begun the second day of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will run Oct. 4–25. 


  • Statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown’s signing of ABx2-15

    Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California.

  • Pope Francis in America

    What a privilege I felt to be in Washington and Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit to America and the World Meeting of Families.

  • A pope from the Americas comes to America

    As I write to you this week, I am on my way to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to take part in the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to our country. 


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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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