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Howard Husock asks what part the government might play in some of our contemporary social problems.
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November is an opportunity for the Church to pray for the dead and evangelize about man’s last enemy, death
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Parenthood is not just a matter of “personal autonomy” but has social implications in which society as a whole has vital rights and interests
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The feasts of saints are first and foremost about Jesus Christ.
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November’s focus on death and the next world seems less prominent today. Perhaps we should not be surprised.
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Step into the light of autumn.
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Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko was killed Oct. 19, 1984.
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Devotion to Our Lady played an important role in the life of Fr. Morales and in the communities he founded.
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Lots of indignities get promoted in the name of “human dignity”
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There can only be one God in our lives. It can be love of the God “whom we cannot see.” Or it can be love of the god we see in the mirror.
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Mary Eberstadt speaks about three factors affecting modern life: broken families, shrinking families and loneliness.
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Man works to live. He does not live to work.
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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. ... For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
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Three key elements of our Genesis heritage are under massive assault by postmodern “culture.”
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“Together and unanimously they offered their lives to God, asking in exchange that the lives of the mothers and fathers of families and that of the local pastor be spared. The Lord graciously accepted their sacrifice and, we believe, abundantly rewarded them in his glory.” —Pope St. John Paul II
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Lest modernity think it has discovered America, some lessons from Christianity’s long experience with marriage might help.
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Katelyn Beaty says there’s more to human sexuality than people realize. She’s right, and she’s on to something.
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Putting justice first: A response to Cathleen Kaveny
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There have been 60 million abortions in the United States since 1973. Have you ever wondered what they do with the bodies?
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Christianity was critical to shaping the Western world we know and from which we benefit.
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We must not forget just how important the Solemnity of Pentecost really is.
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Protected by the Supreme Court under the guise of “religious neutrality,” agnosticism and atheism have become the de facto established religions of public life.
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The Holy Spirit, who “renews the face of the earth,” is the only means by which true human unity can be achieved.
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Man is created in God’s image and likeness — a God who is tri-Personal, a God who is life-giving, a God who is Love.
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The Holy Spirit came to you fully on the day of your Confirmation, but his first gift to you was given on the day of your conception.
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What truths should a Catholic draw from the Ascension?
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“Greedy work” is work that encroaches on an employee’s day, usually at the expense of family and personal time.
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Individualism is a toxic substitute for religious tradition and discipline
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What seems absent is a sharp perspective on the rights of the child.
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This was not going to be an easy conversation.
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We need to recover the idea of the intrinsic dignity of any kind of honest work.
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“Unplanned” is a powerful film that refocuses attention on the barbarism that occurs approximately every 30 seconds in the United States.
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“We must first of all recall a principle that has always been taught by the Church: the principle of the priority of labor over capital.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
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Pro-abortionists would like us to believe that Planned Parenthood has a more realistic view of “the best interests of a child” than a child’s mother or father.
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Think of this if you imagine you’ve wasted Lent. It’s never too late.
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Man is the crown of God’s visible creation, with responsible dominion over the world.
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There is none so blind as he who won’t see, but one can’t see before believing.
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“And you shall renew the face of the earth...”
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Are Catholics being asked to buy another cat in a bag?
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Lent calls us to let God transfigure our lives so we can rest in Him.
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Gentleman: How about picking out a tie for your next Mass?
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God will never let you be tempted beyond your ability to say “no.”
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Name Catholic things after Catholic saints — not bishops, bosses and benefactors
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Do you want to be great, or just good enough?
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Many people think freedom is the end, practically synonymous with good. But in reality, good is the end, freedom a means.
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“Priests are turning away from me toward worldly illusions. ... I want the hearts of pure priests.”
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“May the Lord give us a restful night and a peaceful death.”
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The time for transforming a parish into a spiritually alive locus of mercy is now.
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Are we returning to pagan Rome and its patria potestas, where every child’s status was determined by the thumbs up or down of his father?
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam let the cat out of the bag.
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God, and not man, has primacy over saying who will exist and who will not.
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The modern world is progressively destroying the notion of the body as an integrated whole
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We can best pay tribute to this pioneer by applying his insights to the challenges we face today, and by saying a prayer for his repose.
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“The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
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A day spent with so many bright, young and idealist future leaders will fill you with hope.
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“Reproductive justice” and “gender equality” are cultural debates in which Catholics have a profound stake.
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Maybe we can use our Catholic tradition to help a world learn (again) how to celebrate.
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“The greater purity, the greater virginity in the soul of the believer, the greater the apostolic fertility.”
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The Baby Jesus found welcome in an animal’s feeding trough when human doors were closed in his parents’ faces
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Diapers show us just how real the Incarnation is
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The Catholic Church has believed in Mary’s freedom from sin for millennia.
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Our Advent Rush is one of urgency to see ourselves as God sees us.
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“Hope brings to a close the coming of the Redeemer; the Child fills us with joy.”
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Is Jesus Christ the King of whom we want to be a subject? Or do we declare, “We have no king but Caesar?”
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It’s worth recalling that, from a Christian perspective, death is not a normal part of life.
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It’s a great paradox that, for all its advocacy of killing, the culture of death really doesn’t like to look death straight in the eye.
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Are you truly willing to trust God in everything?
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If we do not understand the reality of love in the relationship of husband and wife, we do not understand God.
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“There is none so blind as he who will not see.”
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Love by its very nature is a servant, because it cannot be “self-seeking.”
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“Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral.” (CCC 2376)
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It’s no accident that modern bioethics often pretends to “play God.”
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Ours is a world not prone to “suffer the little children” to approach our Lord.
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Yes, the Church needs to clean house, but that doesn’t absolve the larger culture from its sins against children.
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The privatization of marriage goes hand-in-hand with the secularization of marriage.
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“The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1)
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If we are to “become like little children,” we need to take time to learn something about little children.
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What are people saying about the Church? What do you say the Church is?
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“The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 2300)
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Deafness, like blindness, can be an impediment — or it can be a willful posture.
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Our acts say things in and of themselves. Human acts do not simply get their meaning from our intentions.
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Public policy should not be based on feelings.
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Jesus puts the question to his disciples: “Do you also want to leave?” Because, in the Father’s house, doors are not locked from the inside.
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“Abandoned embryos represent a situation of injustice which in fact cannot be resolved...”
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Humanae Vitae is about two communions of persons: husband-and-wife, and parents-and-child
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The Holy Eucharist and Holy Matrimony illuminates the other. Each helps us understand what the other is.
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The proper understanding of the body is essential to understanding the person
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A banquet that has no room for guests offers bread to choke on
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This is no time for mute prophets, for the Church is in “a lively battle for the dignity of man”
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Today Jesus is asking parents, “are you ready to set out on the parental journey?”
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Perhaps many “Catholics” do not accept the encyclical. But whether they heed or resist, “they shall know that a prophet has been among them.”
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Death is bad. Life is good. It is good because it is a gift, the gift of a loving God.
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The tree’s good fruit is its beauty — being what it should be, just like us, is God’s Glory.
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Perhaps we should make the motto of summer “when a kid can be a kid.”
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We should realize is that the connection between “good” and “God” is a peculiarly Judaeo-Christian thing.
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Instead of looking for Life behind rolled-away stones, we now seek it under rocks.
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“We are in the front line of a lively battle for the dignity of man.” —Pope St. John Paul II
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This rare convergence is a good time to remind people that true love demands sacrifice — and that contraception offends God
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John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.  He is especially interested in moral theology and the thought of John Paul II.