Going Is the Point: Of Missions, Mandates, and Martin Scorsese

By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love.
~ Pope Francis

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The Last-Kid Barometer: Of Mammon, Moral Formation, and Family Life

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In his use of things man should regard the external goods he legitimately owns not merely as exclusive to himself but common to others also… (CCC 2404).

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Always Watching: Of Candles, Commands, and “The Joy of Love”

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A small step, in the midst of great human limitations, can be more pleasing to God than a life which appears outwardly in order but moves through the day without confronting great difficulties.
~ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

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Who’s a Christian: Of Trump, the Pope, and the Benefit of the Doubt

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The great revolution of faith is not a lump of reality fallen ready-made from heaven into our laps. It is a constant act of my individual heart and strength.
~ Monsignor Romano Guardini

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St. Edmund Campion and Our Vocation to Holy Artifice

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Be it known to you that we have made a league—all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practice of England—cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons.
~ Campion’s Brag

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The Synod in the Rear-View Mirror: What Happened and Why It Matters

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Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse, and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.
~ Rick Riordan

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What We Signed Up For: The Marital Indispensable Minimum

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I want you to be my ball and chain.
 ~ Van Morrison

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Fountain of Grace

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We are filled with regret, it was such a short time
But we told Him we loved you
Hopin’ somehow He heard
We hope He heard
~ Joe Walsh

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Abortion, Excommunication, and the Pedagogy of Law

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“The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented.”
~ Pope Francis

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Humanae Vitae and the Sensus Fidelium

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Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble.
~ Pope Francis, Laudato Si’

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