Poland Remembers: A Firsthand Look at Blessed John Paul II’s Impact on the People of His Homeland

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The reason Pope John Paul II had more of an indirect spiritual impact on Poland than the United States is because his way of speaking about God, and his Church, is so fundamentally Polish. "Santo subito! Santo subito!" ("Saint now!") … [Read more...]

Observations on “Ex Corde Ecclesiae” and Its Fitful Implementation

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Ex Corde was promulgated in 1990, and its purpose was to lay out the general place and function of Catholic universities in the modern Church ... {providing}  a useful starting point for dialogues on Catholic identity. I suppose the … [Read more...]

God and Caesar

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In the Catholic view, the religious sphere is based on the virtue of faith. This faith is a gift of God ... In contrast, according to this Catholic view, the civil sphere is based on experience illumined by faith. That is to say, it is … [Read more...]

On Addressing the Dignity of Man and Masculinity

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How would men today be more able to live out their own unique discipleship and role in both the world, and in the Church, if we were able to articulate how men embody the Christian vocation to holiness in exclusive and particular … [Read more...]

Pondering the story of Passion Sunday: Lessons for our lives

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Passion Sunday calls us to be a little more attentive to what we say about others, what we accept about others ... reminding us that there is never a single story about any place, any people, or any person. Usually, on days like Palm … [Read more...]

The Culture of Honor—A Brief Essay

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What is needed to walk in our true identity, and to carry out the mission of bringing heaven to earth, is the culture of honor. God the Father wants nothing less than heaven on earth. This is why he gave us his Son, and his many … [Read more...]

The Year of Faith: Recovering a Culture that is Genuinely Catholic

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Surveys of Catholics reveal that a majority do not live in accord with, or simply do not know, their Catholic faith. ... On October 11, Pope Benedict called for a “Year of Faith” to “rediscover the journey of faith” in the midst of … [Read more...]

Betrayal or Integrity

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When it comes to protecting the right to life of the most vulnerable human being in our midst, the infant in the womb, there is no “middle ground” or “common ground” to be found.  Human dignity must be protected and … [Read more...]

John Paul II, Christian Anthropology, and “Familiaris Consortio”

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John Paul II called humanity to rediscover an anthropology based in the beauty and dignity of human life, laying its foundation firmly in Sacred Scripture and Church Tradition.   The beatification of Pope John Paul II serves as a … [Read more...]

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