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Tolkien, Chesterton and the adventure of mission

There is a common, and I'll admit somewhat understandable, interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy that sees the great work as a celebration of the virtues of the Shire, that little ...



Pope Francis on the 'gay mentality' that has 'influenced the life of the ChurchFather Roger J. Landry

On December 3, The Strength of a Vocation, a book length interview with Pope Francis by Father Fernando Prado, a Spanish Claretian Missionary, was published in ten languages. Fr. Prado, a theology professor ...

Is confessor a worse sinner?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I know of several Catholics today who refuse to go to confession because they feel that the priest might be a worse sinner than they are. But yet if they get sick, they want their parish priest to ...

Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years agoGeorge Weigel

Twenty years ago this month, I found myself seriously double-booked, so to speak. The editing of the first volume of my John Paul II biography, Witness to Hope, was entering the ninth ...

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 ...

The road homeScott Hahn

Today's Psalm paints a dream-like scene -- a road filled with liberated captives heading home to Zion (Jerusalem), mouths filled with laughter, tongues rejoicing. It's a glorious picture from Israel's ...

Inspiration from the comicsRichard Doerflinger

"America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie, I guess." Thus wrote political humorist Bill Maher on the recent death of Stan Lee, beloved ...

Preparing our children for the coming of JesusKathy Mears

My husband and I were recently blessed with a new grandchild, and we are so grateful! We now have three grandchildren and to spend time with them is one of the greatest gifts we have ever received. As ...

Father Lee's difficulties in the early New England missionsThomas Lester

On Dec. 10, 1833, Father Constantine Lee wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston from Dover, New Hampshire, "under very disagreeable circumstances." Father Lee had arrived in Boston with a recommendation ...