The Theologian versus the Philosopher: Bernard and Abelard

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 4 November 2009 Two Theological Models in Comparison: Bernard and Abelard Dear Brothers and Sisters, In my last Catechesis I presented the main features...

Stomping on the Devil’s Toe

The Catechism of the Catholic Church declares that the devil is not only real, but most certainly is not just some blind impersonal force...

The Search for English Catholic Hymnody

Catholics have praised God in song for the entirety of the faith’s history. Various expressions of devotion have given rise to countless compositions, and...

The Beauty of the Mass as a Bridge to God

For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples (Is. 56: 7). ⧾ In any given region or country, a common...

The Persistent Virtue of Woman

A Canaanite woman . . . cried out, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a...

Pope Francis’ First Homily on the Assumption

Dear Brothers and Sisters! At the end of its Constitution on the Church, the Second Vatican Council left us a very beautiful meditation on Mary...

John Paul II at Auschwitz: Lessons of Kolbe

APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND HOLY MASS AT THE CONCENTRATION CAMP HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II Auschwitz-Bierkenau, 7 June 1979   1. "This is the victory that overcomes...

Internet Catholicism

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be brought to light. … Mark 4:22 Despite...

The Reality of Saint John’s Eucharistic Symbolism

INTRODUCTION  The Gospel of St. John, unlike the Synoptic Gospels, offers no account of the institution of the Eucharist in his narrative of the Last...

Saint Clare of Assisi

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Hall Wednesday, 15 September 2010 Saint Clare of Assisi Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of the best loved Saints is without a doubt St...