History repeats itself

You may know about how St. Catherine of Siena wrote Pope Gregory XI in 1376 when he was in Avignon, telling him to go back to Rome. It's a famous story. It gives people a glimpse of how bold Catherine was in the face of power. She was a voice of truth in her own … Continue reading History repeats itself

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Let’s be obnoxious

Even though I am sure she did not mean to do it, Elizabeth Bruening's article on a rape in Texas that was denied, concealed, and forgotten by the adults who should have been protecting Amber Wyatt has many parallels to our current situation in the Church. And it has many parallels to the Church's liturgical … Continue reading Let’s be obnoxious

Only One Option

Name it what you will, but in the end, there is only one option for Christians in today's world. Rod Dreher's insightful recent work, The Benedict Option, is but one iteration of it. There are others espousing the Dominican Option, the Franciscan Option, even the Justin Martyr Option. But for as many feast days as there are on … Continue reading Only One Option

Meeting God in the Upper Room (Msgr. Peter Vaghi)

It's an image that is familiar to any Christian. It's been the subject for myriad artists for centuries, from paint-by-number coloring books to DaVinci, Raphael, and the greats. The Upper Room is a source of great mystery while at the same time being the center of several of the most significant events of Revelation. It … Continue reading Meeting God in the Upper Room (Msgr. Peter Vaghi)

First Things 2014 Erasmus Lecture

This has been out there a while now, but if you didn't see Archbishop Chaput's lecture, it is well worth watching. I am a big fan of Archbishop Chaput and his is a voice we need in today's society. As we debate the need for religious freedom in the courts and in society at large, … Continue reading First Things 2014 Erasmus Lecture