Truth, at least as the Catholic Church understands it, is best demonstrated, not by carefully reasoned arguments (though those are important) and certainly not by violence, but by self-giving love. There is nothing more compelling, nothing more true, than sacrificial love.
Catholics may be surprised at how closely non-Catholics follow these very public moments in their Church, and how invested other Christians, and people of other faith and no faith are in the machinations of the Catholic Church.
I study the painting, the face of my past. I miss my brother. But even as the tears roll out once more, I feel a love and connection that will never leave. I take a deep breath as the bigger picture settles my soul.
Louis DeThomasis is willing to speak out against what he describes as an increasingly inflexible hierarchy, unwilling to bend or even discuss such issues as the droves of young people fleeing the Catholic Church, the difficult questions surrounding sex abuse scandals and ordaining women.
To my mind, we need some more "good" fairy tales, in that we need the inspiration to work at the realities of our selves, and of course each other, and of course the larger world. The giving it up to God almost spoiled my enjoyment of the movie.
As American Catholics enjoy the Christmas songs and carols that will continue until the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, it would be worthwhile to reflect on how seriously the Church's teachings are being put into practice.
With the Illinois legislature poised to consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago's Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with "nature." One might just as easily the same about celibacy.
Vatican officials admit the pope won't actually be doing the hunt and peck to type messages and instead someone in the Vatican's secretariat of state will actually compose the tweets on his behalf. But they promise it will be his words and only his words.
Though I had visited him in the hospital last week, yesterday I felt a sense of urgency in saying goodbye to my old friend, Bishop Walter Sullivan. As I drove across Richmond to his home I reflected on the last time I had seen him.
Chances are that right about now the Christmas season is getting the best of you. If you're experiencing any symptoms -- crankiness, stress and a definite lack of interior serenity -- there are some concrete things you can do to restore the calm.
I decided to consider the existence of a loving, omnipotent deity of my understanding Who was different than the Great Intimidator of Catholic upbringing. I listened carefully for the voice within me, which I believe is the God voice that is in all of us, for divine direction.