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The Life-giving Love of a Mother

Adoption is a central theme in salvation history. Through Baptism, all Christians have become adopted sons and daughters of God in Jesus Christ. Saint Paul maintains, “All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God; for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you have received the spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Romans 8:14-15). Jesus Himself experienced the...

The Heart and the Home of the New Evangelization

In the Christmas Season, the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord when the three wise men followed a star from the East. According to Sacred Scripture, “When [the wise men] saw the star which they had seen in the East went before them, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him” (Mt 2:10-11). Meeting...

The Prophet of Hope: Blessed John XXIII

In a few days, on September 30, we will have confirmation of the exact date for the anticipated April canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. The great mission of evangelization carried out during the papacy of John Paul II was preceded by the foundation for renewal laid by the Second Vatican Council, which is the lasting legacy of John XXIII.

On October 11, 1962, Blessed John XXIII made the...

Catholic Identity Theft

Many lay Catholics answer the call to serve as a theology teacher because of the role they play in the formation of hearts and minds of the students they serve. So many parents, who sacrifice to send their children to a Catholic school, do an excellent job of preparing their hearts at home and providing a nurturing home environment. However, other students seem to have their identity shaped by various influences beyond the home.

One...

Beyond the Fortnight

The Catholic Church in the United States has asked the faithful to pray and to act during its second annual Fortnight for Freedom, which began on June 21 and concludes on July 4. The purpose of the Fortnight is “to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine...

Generous Motherhood

On Sunday May 12, many people will celebrate Mother’s Day, which gives us an opportune time to think about the gift of motherhood.

Blessed John Paul II in his apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem reflects upon the various gifts of women throughout salvation history and in the present hour of history. Reflecting on the value of motherhood, John Paul writes:

This mutual gift of the person in marriage opens to the gift of a new life,...

Family Matters

Steven Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego, reminds us that the arguments that came before the Supreme Court last month were not about “marriage equality,” but instead address a fundamental issue: “what marriage is.” Intimately connected with marriage is the definition of the family.

Throughout his writings, Blessed John Paul II addressed this question as part of his explanation of the married vocation. In his Letter to Families,...

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel

Father Paul Marx O.S.B., the founder of Human Life International, wrote his dissertation on the life and work of Virgil Michel O.S.B. (1888-1938), who was one of the leaders of the liturgical movement in the United States. Michel is famous in some circles for a syllogism that summarizes the focus of the papacies of the early 20th century:

Pius X tells us that the liturgy is the indispensable source...