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Searching for peace with help from a sage

Searching for peace with help from a sage

| Christina Capecchi | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is the book that somehow surfaces when you need it most — manna for the multi-tasker, solace for the stressed. It is the book you stock up on to give to others, to slip in Christmas stockings, to pay it forward. It is the book that spiritual directors recommend again and again: Father Jacques Philippe’s tiny paperback with the nondescript cover, the one that delivers everything its title promises: “Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart.”

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Pope’s message on mercy not indifference to sin

Pope’s message on mercy not indifference to sin

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having just returned from a week covering Pope Francis’ triumphant journey to the United States, I can confidently tell you that the news media are in love with the Vicar of Christ.

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A political examination of conscience

A political examination of conscience

| Jason Adkins | October 7, 2015 | 7 Comments

Pope Francis’ recent speeches to Congress and to the United Nations were models of Church engagement in the public arena. By re-framing the task of politics and anchoring policy debates to the natural law, both messages were radical critiques of the prevailing culture of each institution and should serve as an examination of conscience for public officials at all levels of government.

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Life after the convent: finding the courage to start over

Life after the convent: finding the courage to start over

| Christina Capecchi | October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is no scrapbook of Kathy Webb’s life as a Dominican sister. No picture frames or friendship bracelets, no nun memorabilia perched in a closet or buried in a trunk. The only artifact from her convent days is the long apron she wore to protect her white habit, bearing her former identity on a tiny tag sewn onto the back: “Sister Cora Marie 558.”

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Anti-Catholic bigotry fails to dampen call to love in Philadelphia

Anti-Catholic bigotry fails to dampen call to love in Philadelphia

| George P. Matysek Jr. | September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Enter that line and you enter the path of destruction!”

That’s what a man holding a sign filled with Bible verses screamed to me as I came close to a security checkpoint for access to the much-anticipated papal Mass in Philadelphia Sept. 27.

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Our lives don’t belong to us

Our lives don’t belong to us

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

It was [recently] revealed that, for the first time in its history, Harvard University, which had been founded for religious purposes and named for a minister of the Gospel, has admitted a freshman class in which atheists and agnostics outnumber professed Christians and Jews. Also . . . the House and the Senate of California passed a provision that allows for physician assisted suicide in the Golden State. As I write these words, the governor of California is deliberating whether to sign the bill into law. Though it might seem strange to suggest as much, I believe that the make-up of the Harvard freshman class and the passing of the suicide law are really related.

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Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kim Davis, the now-famous clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses, was arrested and incarcerated [earlier this month]. She had refused to affix her signature to licenses being sought by two people of the same sex, even after the Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage, noting that this would force her to act against her conscience and her deeply-held religious convictions.

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Culture of relativism harming families, individuals, society

Culture of relativism harming families, individuals, society

| Jason Adkins | September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

As people from around the world gather in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, it is important to take stock of one of the deepest challenges to the family today: moral relativism. Relativism is a powerful challenge to nurturing healthy families because it harms the moral ecology of society. It is hard for family life to flourish in a toxic moral, cultural and political ecosystem.

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Abortion negates ‘best interest’ standard of consent

Abortion negates ‘best interest’ standard of consent

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently a phenomenon has come to light that involves the partnering of biomedical researchers with abortionists for the purpose of securing a reliable supply of human tissues and organs.

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Pope’s ravioli story: asking questions that unlock wisdom

Pope’s ravioli story: asking questions that unlock wisdom

| Christina Capecchi | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m reading a book that speaks to me as a journalist, Brian Grazer’s 2015 release “A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life.” In it, the 64-year-old Emmy-winning movie producer recounts his practice of conducting “curiosity conversations” twice a month for the past three decades to fill up his knowledge reserve and walk in someone else’s head.

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Mother Nature is one unreliable lady, so look higher

Mother Nature is one unreliable lady, so look higher

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Conservation International has sponsored a series of videos that have become YouTube sensations, garnering millions of views. They feature famous actors — Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford and others — voicing different aspects of the natural world, from the ocean, to the rain forest, to redwood trees. The most striking is the one that presents Mother Nature herself, given voice by Julia Roberts.

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