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DunkirkFather John Catoir

The movie "Dunkirk" is drawing large crowds as it tells the amazing story of the World War II sea rescue of 338,000 British soldiers trapped on the beaches of northern France. Eight hundred privately ...

Our Struggle with RichesFather Ron Rolheiser

A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He'd reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest. ...

God's Command to Kill the CanaanitesFather Ron Rolheiser

In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, shares very candidly about his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol. At one point in his life, he admitted his addiction and ...

The heart of ChristianityMichael Pakaluk

The Christian life must have a heart; it must have a home. When Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem in the procession of palms, he returned in the evening to stay with friends in Bethany, to the ...

Achievement versus FruitfulnessFather Ron Rolheiser

There's a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world. What we achieve brings us success, gives us a sense of ...

Stuck in TrafficFather Ron Rolheiser

There's a famous billboard that hangs along a congested highway that reads: You aren't stuck in traffic. You are traffic! Good wit, good insight! How glibly we distance ourselves from a problem, whether ...

The Power of RitualFather Ron Rolheiser

I don't always find it easy to pray. Often I'm over-tired, distracted, caught-up in tasks, pressured by work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer, or more strongly drawn to do something else. ...

We must oppose the voices of 'fragmentation and hatred'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

[Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Aug. 15 in the wake of a white nationalist demonstration during which an act of violence left one person dead and 19 others injured in Charlottesville, ...

Towards the Feast of the AssumptionMichael Pakaluk

The old Catholic Encyclopedia, published before the dogma of the Assumption of Mary was defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950, is nonetheless edifying in what it says about the Feast which the Church celebrates ...

Our Utmost in Dealing with our FaithFather Ron Rolheiser

The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naiveté of childhood. And this is true too of our faith. Not that faith is a naiveté. It isn't. But our faith needs to be constantly reintegrated ...