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The Truth of Love Sets Us Free

“Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.” These words were spoken by St. John Paul II in his 1981 Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World). In a world immersed in a complexity of problems, they are important words to remember. In fact, when we seriously contemplate this truth, we can discover the very meaning of our existence.

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Freedom for Mission: A Fundamental Right

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” These famous words from the Declaration of Independence are worth pondering as the Church in America observes the sixth annual Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 through July 4.

It doesn’t take much for us weak human creatures...

Traveling the Road of the Good

Sharing in the mission to build a Culture of Life and Love, something inherently fundamental to each Christian’s life of faith, is a joy and a privilege. It can also easily lead to discouragement when we see what we’re up against, and one can readily identify with the story of David and Goliath. Nonetheless, God is always good and knows exactly when we need those rays of hope to keep us going.

One such ray...

Divine Mercy For the Wounds Of Man

The Second Sunday of Easter is observed throughout the Universal Church as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II highlighted this feast at the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun to whom Jesus revealed the message of Divine Mercy in the early 20th century. It is indeed a message for our times as well.

Most of us are probably familiar with the beautiful image of Jesus, the Divine...

Carrying the Cultural Cross

Lent draws our attention to the cross of Christ. As we reflect on and practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery. We have a particular opportunity to unite our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ. There are times in life when suffering can seem overwhelming and the cross becomes very heavy. In the book of Genesis, when we read of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace, we are reminded...

The Power of One

The theme for this year’s March for Life in Washington, DC is “The Power of One”. It’s an interesting theme to ponder considering that over 500,000 people, the majority of whom are youth and young adults, are expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the 44th annual March on January 27th.

Many years ago, there was a delightful children’s book called “If Everybody Did”, complete with endearing cartoon illustrations that spoke volumes...

When Misery Meets Mercy

To any woman considering an abortion,

“Please don’t do it. I did. Twice. Unexpectedly, I have carried that decision within me, in my heart and my mind, ever since. It has never gone away. And I have never been able to accept that decision as 100% correct. Even at 99%, that 1% of doubt unleashes unbearable guilt forever. Do not do it to yourself. Listen to these words. I testify to you, the decision to...

Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom: Pillars of a Nation’s Soul

Conscience and Voting

If we were to ask the average person, “What is a conscience?”, many would quickly call to mind Pinocchio’s sidekick Jiminy Cricket who was famous for the line, “Let your conscience be your guide”. Years ago, most people would automatically understand that to mean “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do”. Sadly, in today’s world, those words must be clarified. We need to understand what it means to...