2016

The Politics of Gratitude

What can break the cycle of poverty? Only the grateful recognition that all is gift, and that all have a responsibility to share their goods with others.

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Song of the Sorrowful Mother

Commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows through Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's stunning musical setting of the ancient sequence, Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

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The Excellence of the Cross

This piece examines what the feast of the Holy Cross reveals about the purpose of Catholic higher education in the world today. It's about cruciform excellence.

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"Single by Default" by Jessica Keating

Jessica Keating's recent article in America Magazine helps single men and women consider the universal call to holiness. Even when, like her, they're single by default.

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What's New in the Marriage Rite?

Looking for an overview of changes in the Order of Celebrating Matrimony? Brian MacMichael of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend gives 5 key changes.

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Three 'Single' Thoughts on Marriage

Thinking about marriage is not simply something that married people can do. Here, a single woman reflects on the gift of marriage through her own vocation.

Accompanying Fellow Disciples

What does it mean to accompany someone in music, and how can this help us think about what it means to accompany someone on the journey of faith?

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Don't Ban Art: 'This is a Bad Idea'

A Catholic school, rather than promote artistic expression discourages it in a less than tactful way. Here's how the parent made sense of this ban.

St. Teresa of Kolkata: Icon of Human Dignity

I first “met” Mother Teresa when I was about eight years old passing countless times by a small magazine clipping posted on our fridge. On it was one of those striking photographs of her holding a small child, the lines deep ...

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What You Should Say to Parents at First Communion

Talking to First Communion parents soon? Dr. Timothy O'Malley suggests a way to speak to parents about the gift of First Communion for the entire family.

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Mother Teresa and the Pain of Joy

On September 4, 2016, the woman who claimed that if she ever became a saint she would “surely be one of ‘darkness’”[1] will enter the canon of the Church in broad daylight, for all the world to see. Till the end o...

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Why (Most) Dorm Parties Make Love Impossible

Last week, in the blog for my class on the sacrament of marriage, I addressed how pornography has malformed the imagination of most Catholics, making it difficult for the gift of love intrinsic to the spousal relationship to take pl...

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