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    Romano Guardini: Father of the New Evangelization

    by Christopher Shannon

    As Benedict XVI prepared to step down from his pontificate, he offered the following words to those who feared that his resignation marked a dangerous departure from tradition:  “The Church is not an institution devised and built at table, but…

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    Catholic Sexual Ethics: An Unknown Treasure

    by R. J. Snell

    Every other year I teach a course on Christian sexual ethics. Turns out, 19-year olds are interested in the subject matter, and despite the early-morning schedule the course suffers from remarkably low rates of truancy—and not because of some innate…

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    Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Role of Beauty in the Restoration of Catholic Culture

    by Bishop James D. Conley, STL

    When I began my seminary studies, I had only been a Catholic for a few years. I had converted to the Catholic Church during my undergraduate years at the University of Kansas through a course of studies in the Great…

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    The Lost Sheep

    by Dale O'Leary

     I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  If a man owns 100 sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the 90 and nine on the desert and go to look for…

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    How Catholics Can Still Achieve Great Things

    by R. J. Snell

    I gratefully rely on Arts & Letters Daily to winnow through the dross to find genuinely interesting pieces from journals, blogs, and zines for which I have neither time nor inclination to search. Yet, I must admit I would have…

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    But Whom May We Evangelize?

    by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

    People are curious. They like to know “what’s new.” Most people, whatever their background, do not, however, like to be proselytized, to be made unsettled in their normal beliefs and practices by some sharp stranger wanting to convert them to…

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    Benedict Defends Traditional Family in Christmas Address to Roman Curia

    by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

    It is with great joy that I meet you today, dear Members of the College of Cardinals, Representatives of the Roman Curia and the Governorate, for this traditional event in the days leading up to the feast of Christmas. I…

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    The Role of Philosophy in the New Evangelization

    by Brian Jones

    I recently had a brief conversation with a former colleague of mine who is Catholic, and who wanted to inquire about certain aspects of the faith that she was struggling with. She mentioned to me that, while she goes to…

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    Martyrs of Today

    by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I

    A visitor this past week came from Italy. Don Angelo Romano, the priest who is responsible for the church of St. Bartholomew on the Tiber Island, was passing through Chicago after giving a talk at a conference at the University…

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    Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty

    by Archbishop William Lori

    Following is the homily given October 14 by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the…

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    The Gift of God: How a Tax Collector Became an Evangelist

    by Ben Akers

    Oscar Wilde famously observed that “the only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.”  This adage finds confirmation when applied to St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist. In trying to…

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    Waiting on the New Evangelization

    by Russell Shaw

    If precedent is any guide, many good Catholic lay people are waiting to hear what their diocesan bishops and/or local pastors have to say about the new evangelization before they decide whether it’s something for them to get involved in….

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    Miracles in Soho

    by George Weigel

    Soho, in the West End of the British capital, has had a rather dodgy history. Wikipedia notes that, by the mid-19th century, “all respectable families had moved away, and prostitutes, music halls and small theaters had moved in.” So had…

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