Conscience, COVID vaccines and the common good…

We have come to a new chapter in the COVID-19 crisis and conflict that has gripped our Church, this nation and the world. The new chapter involves vaccinations, and the increasing mandates to receive them “or else.” The price of refusal ranges from the irritating weekly testing to fines, and all the way to job termination and banishment from places of trade and restaurants.

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How can I know the will of God in my life?

The spiritual life is, in its most basic elements, nothing less than a following of Christ, an imitation of him. And his very food – the thing that he hungered for and the thing that nourished and strengthened him – was “to do the will of the one who sent me.” The mere fact that you submitted this question is sure proof that the Holy Spirit…

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This Sunday — His friend is my friend, His enemy is my enemy…

The Gospel for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time gives a very basic, and therefore very powerful, way to understand the Christian life. The friend of my friend is my friend; the enemy of my friend is my enemy. We know that instinctively on the natural level. Jesus wants us to see that it is also true on the supernatural level. It all starts when John makes the error we do.

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Catholics know when life begins. We don’t “believe” it because we’re Catholics — we know it because we know the science…

Do Catholics “believe that human life begins at conception” — a formulation that’s become ubiquitous in recent weeks? Well, yes, in precisely the same sense that Catholics “believe” that the Earth is spherical, not flat; that Venus is the second planet in the solar system; that a water molecule is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom…

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How to own a bull for more than 38 seconds…

You may have heard that “good fences make good neighbors.” This is particularly true when you are hoping to keep a bull and your neighbors are hoping you will keep it on your own property. For longer than thirty-eight seconds. More on that in a moment. The famous saying is, of course, often attributed to Robert Frost, who used it in a poem…

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