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This is certainly not the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of the annunciation, but when Mary accepts the message of Gabriel, her fiat is a yes to God’s plan for her sexuality: “Mary shows us how to accept the gift of our embodiedness, and this includes the God-given sex of […]


Posted at: March 25th, 2014 - 3:48 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Happy New Year and, more importantly, a blessed solemnity of Mary the Mother of God! Andrea Solario, Madonna With the Green Cushion [W]hy does the Roman liturgy celebrate the Octave of Christmas as the Feast of Mary the Mother of God? Because this paradoxical phrase strikes at the very heart of Christmas. The songs we […]


Posted at: January 1st, 2014 - 9:17 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Does our culture have a love/hate relationship with babies? Is Captain James T. Kirk captive to the culture of death? And what does Pope Francis mean by an “ecumenism of blood?” I had a good time talking about all of the above on the Mike Allen Show yesterday with the ever-awesome Jason Hall, who is […]


Posted at: December 20th, 2013 - 5:11 pm - Number of Comments » 0

A few quick takes for your weekend: 1. The Church Is Not Backward, But Forward — my good friend Rebecca on the far-reaching wisdom of the Church. This article will also give you an idea of what’s coming up in our next episode of BioTalk! I’ll be editing that this weekend. 2. The Church and […]


Posted at: April 27th, 2013 - 3:12 pm - Number of Comments » 0

The Sepulchre by Dan Burr I really love this painting I came across over the weekend that goes perfectly with yesterday’s Gospel reading: On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So […]


Posted at: April 2nd, 2013 - 12:04 am - Number of Comments » 0

Hey, where are you going? It’s not Easter, yet. “Stay a while. Do not hurry by the cross on your way to Easter joy, for we know the risen Lord only through Christ and him crucified.” (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon). image: The Lamentation, Peter Paul Rubens c. 1609 Jason Hall […]


Posted at: March 30th, 2013 - 11:35 am - Number of Comments » 0

Before his inaugural Mass this morning, Pope Francis descended the popemobile to bless a disabled man in St. Peter’s Square. He’s preaching the Gospel of Life without saying a word. I love this man. He also has to be giving his security team some mild heart attacks. I like what Elizabeth Scalia had to say […]


Posted at: March 19th, 2013 - 5:13 am - Number of Comments » 12

The anticipation of Catholics all over the world was palpable yesterday. I could feel it, even though I was alone in front of the television. I don’t know if it was that darn seagull or what, but something indicated that last night was going to be the night. And then… And then… …Who? And then […]


Posted at: March 14th, 2013 - 10:04 pm - Number of Comments » 3

It’s late evening on Ash Wednesday. You’re tired and hungry and wondering why, exactly, you’re doing this again. I recently came across this helpful little nugget in one of my retreat journals that might give you some much needed motivation: Here (hopefully) is a little more inspiration for those suffering from fasting fatigue on this […]


Posted at: February 13th, 2013 - 8:42 pm - Number of Comments » 1

In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul explains how, when God calls people, he does not base his decision on human criteria – wisdom, power, nobility – but often chooses uneducated, unimportant and even despised people in the world’s eye to convert the wise, the strong and the “important”. Consider your own calling, […]


Posted at: September 4th, 2012 - 10:14 pm - Number of Comments » 4