Little Sisters of the Poor

Before the Little Sisters of the Poor were famous for challenging the HHS mandate, my daughter, Molly, volunteered at one of their homes for the aged. Her stories about the joy in that house so inspired me (An old folks’ home that is not depressing? People need to hear about this!) that I contacted them and set up this interview for Catholic […]

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Mark Wahlberg and the Catholic Conscience

Mark Wahlberg’s best moment emceeing the Festival of Families in Philadelphia came right after Bobby Hill sang a pure and piercing Pie Jesu before Pope Francis and the world. The boy got to meet the Holy Father, a thrilling moment for him. Then Wahlberg beckoned him over. Is it me or did the kid look even more happy to meet […]

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Middle Aging Gracefully

I love being middle-aged. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t love the mousy gray hair that loiters at my temples even though Miss Clairol and I kick it out every 10 weeks. I don’t love my matching set of grandma hands – why, oh why, didn’t I soak my hands in Ivory dish detergent when I had the chance?

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An Unpopular Mercy

Some spiritual works of mercy are more popular than others. “Comfort the Sorrowful” and “Counsel the Doubtful,” for example, have their own line of greeting cards with flowers and small, fuzzy animals on them. People buy them by the millions. But then there’s “Admonish the Sinner.” Has anybody bothered testing the market for this one?

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The Genius of Mary

Do we really get Mary? We know that God made her perfectly sinless. She needed to be perfect, because Jesus would take His human nature from her. That’s why she was humble, meek, and so, so, good. And that’s where we get stuck.

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The Pointless Peerless P. G. Wodehouse

If you haven’t read P.G. Wodehouse, you have no business saying you have lived and you really should remove such claims from your business card. What matters it, if you have read the entire Summa backwards in Latin, or the Complete Works of that Bard chappie, Will Something Something. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (pronounced just as one would expect – […]

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