The Quality of Mercy

(On this feast of the Holy Innocents, here is a reflection on true, and false, mercy by contributor Stephen Roney. We will have more...

Mary, Mother of God

Do you have a new year’s resolution such as losing weight?  Getting more exercise?  Spending more time with family?  Doing more volunteer work?  Learning...

Approaching Perfection with Mary

A clever writer once observed that Jesus never made the mistake of qualifying any of his statements: “Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father...

The Humble Servant in the Lord’s Vineyard Goes to the Father’s House

After the great John Paul II, the cardinals elected me, a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord. I am consoled by...

Mater Dei and Mary’s Role in Salvation

The shepherds went with haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph and the Child lying in a manger (Lk. 2:16).⧾ On this the last...

Pope Benedict’s Last Epiphany Homily

(In Canada, and other locales, the Solemnity of the Epiphany is moved to the following Sunday, for 'pastoral reasons'. But in the Church universal,...

The Magi’s Epiphany

The Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel (Eph. 3:6). Our...

The Wages of Liberation Theology

On January 1, Brazil recognized its new president, a socialist. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in with an elaborate inauguration ceremony before...

Second Sunday: The Lamb of God and the Culture Wars

‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ (Jn. 1:29).  ⧾ This declaration made by John the Baptist and which...

Rediscovering the Sacrament of Reconciliation

If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8) One might wonder why we raise...