Commentary

Anthony Hopkins portrays retired Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce portrays Pope Francis in a scene from the movie "The Two Popes."

The One Pope

I would have been happy to watch four hours of a film that was as honest and insightful about Joseph Ratzinger as it was about Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
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Embrace all the New Year brings

We can’t know what lies ahead. As much as we might not like uncertainty, there’s also a gift in not knowing what the future holds.
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Work assignment on Sunday/ Mass card for non-Catholic wedding ceremony?

Father Doyle fields questions on work assignment on Sunday and giving a Mass card to a couple married in a non-Catholic ceremony.
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Christmas, freedom and obedience

The Christmas story is a lengthy meditation on a counterintuitive but essential truth: true freedom, genuine liberation, comes through freely chosen obedience to God’s purposes.
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The well-fought fight

Alas, like many other hymns, “For All the Saints” is an endangered species today, gutted by parish music directors and pastors who commit the grave sin of not singing a hymn in its entirety — or worse, who bowdlerize the lyrics to coddle the sensibilities of the Church of Nice.
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Letter to a failing heroin addict

In 40 years of working with the addicted, I have learned that these negative  behaviors block the positive power of grace.
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Finding patience in Advent

When we complain about another, we often take a position of judgment. Yet only God is the ultimate judge, our Christ.
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Supreme joy and a divine gift

Those who possess true joy are not deterred by their problems, by distress or by deprivation – their own or that of others.
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Where everybody knows your name

Yes, belonging to places is good – it feels right, we fit in. We should all belong to some place, to some group, to some church, even to someone. Where do you feel as if you belong?
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The more, the merrier

As the Christmas season approaches, George Matysek shares the joys of having five children age 5 and under.
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The gift of a ‘banana tree’

During this season of giving, as we thoughtfully select gifts for people we know and love – and maybe even for strangers – how wonderful to consider that a gift may bring joy not just in the moment of opening, but also for years to come.
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No sales pitch required

The world may or may not believe what we say. But the world will believe what we do. Do we live in such a way as to allow the God born once in a manger to live fully in us?
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