The Indissolubility of Marriage: The Joy of Loving Like God Loves

My mother and father’s 73-year marriage came full circle several weeks ago as Mom and the rest of our family lovingly ushered my father to the goal of their union from the beginning: the merciful encounter with our heavenly Father when this earthly life is done. The little church where we celebrated the funeral Mass was filled to overflowing with those touched by the truth, goodness and beauty of my parents’ deeply loving and fruitful, even if not perfect, union.

Following Jesus in a skeptical age

Adult converts to the faith like my own father can often tell you an exact time when they heard God’s call to follow Him, and how it brought such wondrous changes for good.

Pope Francis’ Game Plan; Part Nine: Seeking Peace in an Age of Terror

Has the Holy Father given up on prayer and negotiations for peace? Or is he signaling the complex nature of peace making?

La paciencia por la libertad — El testimonio de San Anselmo

Anselmo fue elegido para dirigir la Iglesia en Inglaterra, en un tiempo en el que el Rey William Rufus quería a un arzobispo de Canterbury débil, un hombre al que pudiera controlar y utilizar para su propio beneficio. Anselmo, por su parte, no quería ser obispo; pidió no ser escogido, deseando permanecer en su monasterio en Bec, Francia, donde estaba sirviendo con gusto como el Abad.

Avances en la formación sacerdotal

En esta serie, me he estado enfocando en ciertos aspectos de los escándalos que la Iglesia ha sufrido durante los últimos 70 años.

Alegría que da la esperanza: San Juan Bosco

El Papa Francisco dice que conocemos a Jesús mejor a través de Sus heridas, las heridas encontradas en Sus hermanos y hermanas en necesidad; y servimos a Jesús mejor al ser un canal de Su gozo y misericordia. Sin duda esto era cierto para el Santo que la Iglesia honra el 31 de enero, San Juan Bosco.

Our Lady of Fatima Centenary

A hundred years ago, on the 13th day of every month from May through October of 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children near Fatima in Portugal, bringing them an urgent message, calling for repentance and prayer, a message that has no less urgency today.

Catholic and American? Part four in a series

Key ways to evangelize today’s culture: Trust the truth; live God’s plan for marriage; and be pure of heart.

The Saint who inspires Pope Francis: St. Ignatius of Loyola

By God’s providence, we now have, for the first time in history, a pope who is Jesuit. It should come as no surprise, then, that Pope Francis would feel close to St. Ignatius and be greatly impacted by his life and teaching.

Discipleship: A Journey, not a Destination

Mark the Evangelist recounts a telling story about a blind man named Bartimaeus cured by Jesus because of his professed faith. After Bartimaeus was healed of his blindness, he followed Him “along the way” (Mk 10:52); that is, he became His disciple.