The Gift is not Like the Trespass: A Reflection on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

This greatest of all parables is a response to a complaint: “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them’” (Lk 15:1-2). Jesus justifies the coming of “undesirables” to Him as a kind of long-overdue […]

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The Presentation of the Lord and the Year of Consecrated Life

Traditionally a celebration of the consecrated life, the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation forms an especially meaningful moment in the Year of Consecrated Life proclaimed by the Holy Father (November 2014-February 2016). Pope Francis has invited religious and laity alike to cultivate a deep gratitude for a state of life which uniquely displays the work […]

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The Praise of Men: Part 2

In the sermon The Praise of Men, [1] after indicating that ridicule is a powerful weapon used by the devil, Blessed John Henry Newman describes a case in which it is the cause of much pain: when a person who had shunned religion turns by God’s grace back to the practice of religion and meets […]

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The Praise of Men: Part 1

The Saints are men and women whom the Church sets as standards for living holy lives as children of God. Today is the memorial or feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), a renowned Anglican convert and Catholic priest who stands out for his intellectual accomplishments lived with humility and charity. In “The Praise […]

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St. Junipero Serra: A Herald of the Gospel in North America

Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan and founder of nine of the twenty-one California missions in the 18th century, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at a solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. The canonization of Junipero Serra is a call to personal holiness and evangelization. The saints […]

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Attitude of Gratitude: St. Josemaria Escriva’s Recipe for Sanctity

By Martin Mazloom The theme of thanksgiving is inextricably woven into St. Josemaría’s life and books. In his collection of spiritual meditations The Way, he emphasizes the Christian’s duty to constantly thank Our Father: “Make it a habit to raise your heart to God, in acts of thanksgiving, many times a day. Because He gives […]

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