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Reconsidering 1/6

The day after the incursion into the U.S. Capitol, I wrote in these pages that the events that day were not part of my conservative movement. Breaking into a federal building and fighting with police is not something that our set does. I was, and I remain, appalled at what I saw.  I remain convinced [...]

On the Canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

In a brief count of saints, there are at least 148 who were mothers, and Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin’s daughter was a saint, too—like Marie Zhao Guoshi in China whose daughters Marie and Rosa were martyred with her. Many mothers in the Middle East are appearing in heaven during these days of genocide possibly faster than [...]

Marching for Life, Mother Teresa, and Mrs. Clinton

“Why do you think we haven’t had a woman as president yet?” First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton asked her guest over their lunch at the White House. The little woman sitting at table with Mrs. Clinton did not hesitate in her reply. “Because she has probably been aborted,” said Mother Teresa. ¤   ¤   ¤ This [...]

“I Thirst”

“But suppose God didn’t quite finish by closing time of the afternoon of the sixth day? ...Suppose that Creation, the process of replacing chaos with order, were still going on. What would that mean? In the biblical metaphor of the six days of Creation, we would find ourselves somewhere in the middle of Friday afternoon. Man was just created a [...]

Bl. Teresa of Calcutta: A Sign For Our Times

It has often been said that every age is given the saints that it needs.  Saints are signs, works of art fashioned by the hand of God, given by Him to speak to their world by their beauty and their love.  If this is true, then it is for each age to discover why it [...]

What Rough Beast

  The great Orthodox theologian Sergius Bulgakov writes that the world about us was made for us to exalt, to spiritualize, not because matter is in itself evil, but because the good that it possesses was meant to be united by man with the God whom man serves. That is the meaning of our being [...]

Take Mother Teresa for Example

August 26 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Albanian Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu, a diminutive woman whose grand stature became known to the world as Mother Teresa. Over a brief 100 years, this small person became a religious woman; received a "vocation within a vocation" in a "decisive mystical encounter with Christ," as [...]

Mother Teresa Understands Why Mr. Malkin Turned Off the Lights

At Catholic Advocate, I've posted the remarks I made at the Catholic League's rally in NYC last Thursday in front of the Empire State Building. The rally was well-attended, around 3000 people stretched down 39th street.  Bill Donohue was his usual bigger-than-life self, completely in his element introducing the seventeen speakers and keeping the proceedings [...]

Friday Free-for-All: August 27

Time for some Friday morning links: As movements are being made in Congress to ease travel restrictions to Cuba, Delia Lloyd at Politics Daily says now is a good time to consider "Ten Reasons to Lift the Cuba Embargo." CNN reports on a troubling trend in Nigeria: Children are increasingly becoming the targets of attacks [...]

Mom the Missionary

During my pregnancy with my first child, I belonged to an interdenominational Bible study that was filled mostly with medical students who planned on doing mission work. Waddling in to the room, I remember feeling like a spiritual slacker surrounded by all these selfless MDs-to-be, discussing their plans to spread the Good News while offering [...]

In the Shoes of a Shepherd: A Week in the Life of an American Bishop

My first meeting with the bishop of Phoenix is at his home rectory of Sts. Simon and Jude. He's halfway through Tuesday morning prayer with three other priests when I enter the small, unadorned room. Before I can register that there are only four seats, Bishop Thomas Olmsted kneels on the hard floor and motions [...]

Peace

The Mind of God is not an open book to us -- the finite cannot comprehend the infinite -- yet I have noticed that people (including this correspondent) sometimes speak as if it were. Having thoughtlessly omitted from our intentions the rather crucial "nevertheless, according to Thy will," we presume to know precisely what God [...]

Knowing When to Fold ’em

This FOX News story on the Freedom from Religion Foundation's strident objections to the upcoming USPS stamp commemorating Mother Teresa -- (courtesy of Mere Comments) -- is fascinating to me. An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations [...]

Remembering Tom Dillon

One would be hard-pressed to find a man better suited to the task he had been given than Thomas E. Dillon. The students at his beloved Thomas Aquinas College, where he served as president for almost 20 years, were blessedly unaware of the incredible pressures Dr. Dillon bore day-in and day-out; still, they all recognized [...]

Defining the Relationship

For twenty-five years I've lived with him, Fought him, starved with him. For twenty-five years my bed is his -- If that's not love, what is? -- Fiddler on the Roof "Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?" This is the question we fear on airplanes, the question we recoil from in doorbell encounters. [...]

Serving God, Saving Humanity

A few years ago, I met a woman I will never forget. Sally Savery was a waitress in Wamego, Kansas, who had recently gone through a divorce and bankruptcy. Through a twist a fate, she had met a missionary from Brazil and was inspired by the woman's story to travel back with her. After saving [...]

A Note on the Dark Night

For a time last fall, the press, and therefore to some extent the public, was briefly yet intensely occupied with the publication of some letters of Mother Teresa. Readers of this column will know of these letters, of course. The small Albanian nun had never supposed that they would be made public, since they had [...]

The Place of Religion in Public Life

As questions abound concerning the role of religious faith in the political process, it seems an apt time to reflect on the proper place of religion in our American culture. Few issues in recent years have been as controversial or have evoked as much heartfelt emotion on all sides of the question. I believe a [...]

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