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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 [...]

Sunday: The Foundation of Personal and Family Peace

Voltaire, eighteenth-century French philosopher and well-known attacker of Catholicism, once wrote, “If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish Sunday.” Where the Sabbath rest and worship is forgotten, a weak to nonexistent practice of Christianity can almost inevitably be found. Conversely, those who take their spiritual life seriously know that Sunday is the key [...]

Credo

The translation of the Nicene Creed used at Sunday Mass beginning in Advent will read, "I believe in God, the Father Almighty" -- not, as currently, "We believe in God." Often I say Mass using the Latin Novus Ordo. This is the text that was supposed to be translated into English. The Latin Creed begins [...]

Homecoming: Healing From Abuse

My plans for you are peace and not disaster. When you call to me, I will answer you. I will bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you. -- Jeremiah 29:10-13   This year marks my fifth anniversary in the Victim Assistance Program of the Diocese of Arlington. I approached Pat [...]

Sunday Comics: The Jumble Shop pt. 5

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a short piece by Laura Vandercam about bringing children to Mass. (Not to bring up a sore subject on a Friday afternoon!) Quoted in the piece is none other than our own Kate Wicker, who wrote "Why Young Children Belong At Mass" back in June here on InsideCatholic:  While most [...]

Seen, but not heard?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a short piece by Laura Vandercam about bringing children to Mass. (Not to bring up a sore subject on a Friday afternoon!) Quoted in the piece is none other than our own Kate Wicker, who wrote "Why Young Children Belong At Mass" back in June here on InsideCatholic:  While most [...]

Why Young Children Belong at Mass

Not too long ago, I wrote an article for my parish newsletter about why we must offer encouragement -- not sideways glances -- to parents who bring their young children to Mass. Overall, the response was positive, but one reader sent me a letter suggesting I leave my kids at home so I could "more [...]

Common Wisdom: Back to the Future

Not long ago, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati looked out over his diocese and discovered something missing. Catholics. At Mass. Alarmed by diminished congregations, a plight shared with most of his colleagues, he asked American bishops to study reasons for the decline, and what could be done about it. Perhaps I missed it, but I’ve [...]

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