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What would Aquinas do?Michael Pakaluk

January is a great month for Catholic feasts. It begins with the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. Then, there is the Holy Name of Jesus and the Epiphany. For Americans, the month contains three blockbuster ...

Struggling for SustenanceFather Ron Rolheiser

We all struggle to not give in to coldness and hatred. This was even a struggle for Jesus. Like the rest of us he had to struggle, mightily at times, to remain warm and loving. It's interesting to trace ...

A peaceful 2019 to youFather Eugene Hemrick

No matter where we look, peace is a rare commodity. How then can the new year be more peaceful? Start the year with avoiding certain behaviors and doubling up on civility. St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians ...

A huge year for journalismEffie Caldarola

Journalism had a huge year in 2018. The profession whose task it is to shine a light on events has itself been in the spotlight. Is journalism a Catholic issue? Absolutely. It's a moral issue, a First ...

The Double Message of ChristmasFather Ron Rolheiser

I've never been happy with some of my activist friends who send out Christmas cards with messages like: May the Peace of Christ Disturb You! Can't we have one day a year to be happy and celebrate without ...

Outside the CityFather Ron Rolheiser

God, it seems, favors the powerless, the unnoticed, children, babies, outsiders, and refugees with no resources or place to go. That's why Jesus was born outside the city, in a stable, unnoticed, outside ...

Mere ChristianityMichael Pakaluk

In the 1940s, C.S. Lewis gave radio broadcasts in England called "The Case for Christianity" and "Christian Behavior." These were plain and honest titles. When the talks were put together as a book, he ...

A Different Kind of Bucket-ListFather Ron Rolheiser

What's still unfinished in your life? Well, there's always a lot that's unfinished in everyone's life. Nothing is ever really finished. Our lives, it seems, are simply interrupted by our dying. Most ...

A Lesson in a Parking LotFather Ron Rolheiser

Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. They're self-protective and that's healthy too, to a point. Let me explain. Recently I was at a football game with a number of friends. We arrived at ...

Our Lack of WelcomeFather Ron Rolheiser

"Widows, orphans, and strangers", that's code in scripture for the three most vulnerable groups within a society at any given time. And both the great Jewish prophets and Jesus, himself, assure us that ...