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Late-Winter Reading for March 2014   A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching. By Kevin E. McKenna, revised ed. (Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 2013), 192 pp., $16.95. (Reviewed by Rev. John J. Conley, … [Read more...]

Our Lenten Imitation of Christ

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...Lent is a time of imitating Christ ... a plan to follow Christ, led by the Spirit, to wherever he desires to take us.    For the Church’s Season of Lent this year, Pope Francis has invited us all to reflect on the significance of 2 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Message to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life

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A society is truly open to life when it recognizes that life is precious even in the elderly population, in the disabled, and even in those who are gravely ill or in the process of dying.    To Our Venerable Brother Msgr. Carrasco de … [Read more...]

Euthanasia for children in Belgium‏

Dear Homiletic & Pastoral Review, It is with great distress that as an American living in Texas, I recently learned of the 86-44 vote by Belgium House of Representatives to allow euthanasia for children. As a Christian I couldn't … [Read more...]

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Mid-Winter Reading for February 2014   Reviews for the following books: LETTERS TO MY BROTHERS:  Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests. By Stephen J. Rossetti (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2013), 180 pp. $15.95. (Reviewed by … [Read more...]

The Papacy: The Person Versus The Office

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What draws the secular media to the Vatican ... (for now) is the man who is able to translate these truths into action, and to proclaim our doctrine with personal conviction.     It is one of those few moments forever emblazoned on … [Read more...]

Checking the Calendar

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(The Ephiphany) celebrates the end of man’s being held captive by the natural elements.  We are not fated but free. None of us is pre-determined, but now made children of God by the humanity of his only divine Son.     God the … [Read more...]

Still Needing Your Help to Spread the “Good News”

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The good news is that we are currently reaching anywhere from 10,000 to 16,000 readers around the world in any given week. Please consider a donation towards keeping HPR online in 2014! "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations" by Harry … [Read more...]

Glory to God in the Highest!

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And Peace to His People on Earth! Adoration of the Shepherds by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo Gospel  Reading December 25, 2013, Midnight Mass Lk 2:8-14 ...Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the … [Read more...]

Understanding Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium”

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Evangelii Gaudium is ostensibly the Pope’s response to the Synod last October ... but it is much more than a simple reporting on what happened there.  It is the outlining of the key themes Pope Francis hopes will constitute his … [Read more...]

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Thanksgiving Time Reading For November 2013 Reviews for the following books: REASONABLE PLEASURES. By James V. Schall, S.J. (Ignatius Press, San Francisco 2013), 218 pp.  PB $16.95. (Reviewed by Mr. Sean M. Salai, … [Read more...]

Mysterium Fidei: The Year and the Encyclical

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Both Benedict and Francis must see the need to stress the basic theological virtue of trusting in God for a reason at this point in time. November brings the Year of Faith to an end.  And what a year it was.  The Year of Faith was … [Read more...]

Homilies for November 2013

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For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for November 2013 Christ's invitation to Zacchaeus by Tissot Your House Today! 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 3, 2013 Purpose: Today’s Gospel is very conducive to leading … [Read more...]

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Late Fall Reading For October 2013 Reviews for the following books: REBUILDING CATHOLIC CULTURE: How the Catechism Can Shape Our Common Life. By Ryan S. Topping. (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2012), 265 pp.  … [Read more...]

“La Petite Voie” of Thérése of Lisieux

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Here was one of the most brilliant popes the Church has ever seen declaring that little Thérése Martin was to be studied and analyzed alongside the great Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Robert Bellarmine!  St. Therese of Lisieux: as a … [Read more...]

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