It Was a Beautiful Confession

12/09/2014 Comments (12)

On Saturday, we went to confession. Mine was a pretty standard operation: "Bless me, father, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last confession. I did that thing I always do, and that other thing I always do. I also did that other thing I always do, except more so than usual. And I stopped doing that thing I usually do, but then I started again.  And I was mean on the internet. For these and all my sins, I am truly sorry."

And the priest said what this particular priest always says: "Thank you for that beautiful confession." He says this when I have a long and sordid list, or a short and sordid list, or when he can barely understand me because my nose is running from the...READ MORE

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Little Sisters' HHS Mandate Case at 10th Circuit

12/08/2014 Comments (63)

Today, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who filed a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate that has drawn national attention, took their case to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Dec. 8, the panel heard oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, a key free exercise case that could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last June, in another closely watched free exercise case, the justices ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain owned by a Christian family that filed a legal challenge to the HHS mandate. The 10th Circuit had also decided in favor of Hobby Lobby.  The legal arguments on both sides have addressed both the high...READ MORE

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Dake and Unger vs. Jesus

12/07/2014 Comments (5)

The other day I was talking with a friend about the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31). She had been trying to understand the Church's teaching about prayer to the dead (and coming to believe it was true) when she hit a difficulty. Her Dake's Commentary said of this parable: "This is the only example of praying to dead saints in Scripture. Let those who do so remember that prayers to other dead saints will avail as much as this one did...NOTHING." So what, she wondered, was the Catholic reply to this?

One reply is that it is rather disturbing that a biblical commentary from a reputable publishing house is incapable of making a distinction between a parable and a historical...READ MORE

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The Immaculate Conception: 8 things to know and share . . .

12/07/2014 Comments (13)

December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Here are 8 things to know and share . . .

December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and in most years it is a holy day of obligation.

Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way we celebrate it.


1. Who does the Immaculate Conception refer to?

There's a popular idea that it refers to Jesus' conception by the Virgin Mary.

It doesn't.

Instead, it refers to the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived.

This conception was not virginal. (That is, she had a human father as well as a human mother.) But it was special and unique in another way. . . .


2. What is the Immaculate Conception?

The Catechism of the...READ MORE

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Music that Raises Your Mind Heavenward

12/06/2014 Comments (3)

I always hesitate to accept review copies of music. I don’t consider myself an expert on music; enjoying a good album or a certain kind of sound just makes me a fan.

But when I listened to the two albums that were in my mailbox, I knew I had to share about them here. They’re simply too good not to.

O Day of Resurrection!: Liturgy of the Hours for Sunday (Jade Music) is a 27-track recording of the monks from the New Camaldoi Hermitage in Big Sur, California. The tracks are, specifically, the monks chanting the Liturgy of the Hours in their chapel at the hermitage.

It’s divided into the sections corresponding with the way the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed: Vigils, Lauds, Vespers, and...READ MORE

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My jaw dropped when I read the latest from Benedict XVI . . .

12/06/2014 Comments (53)

Benedict XVI has just weighed in on the proposal to give Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics

Since Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy and began his retirement in seclusion, he has said nothing publicly.

There’s a very good reason for that, and that’s why the most recent thing he’s written is so amazing.

He’s just publicly weighed in on Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to give Holy Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

Here’s the story . . .


1) Why is Benedict XVI so silent these days?

To give his successor a free hand. If a pope emeritus continued to speak out and play a substantial role as a public figure, it could cause all kinds of problems for his successor.

If the two were perceived as being in opposition to each other, it could be extremely traumatic...READ MORE

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The Outrage Industry

12/05/2014 Comments (28)

These past weeks have been very illustrative of the damage that the outrage industry and their co-conspirators in the mainstream media can do.

We are all familiar with the damage that race hustlers have done over the past week and months.  They have fanned the flames of racial hatred in Ferguson as they treat truth as the enemy of progress. In the tragic case of Eric Garner, a man that should still be alive, their absurd cries of racism in the face of no evidence have distracted from the real issues that should be addressed in the Eric Garner case, namely overly aggressive and dangerous police procedures use to enforce petty and confiscatory revenue laws.  What happened to Mr. Garner could...READ MORE

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Register Radio - The Examen Prayer and Christmas in Harvard Square

12/05/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Dan Burke talks with Fr. Timothy Gallagher about the Examen Prayer, a way to stay on track this Advent.  Also, Elena Rodriguez talks with co-founder of AimHigher Recordings Monica Fitzgibbons.  They’ll bring you a feast for your ears:  the album Christmas in Harvard Square with the boys of St. Paul's Choir School. 

The Examen Prayer with Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Father Timothy Gallagher was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Fr. Gallagher is the author of seven books on the spiritual teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the life of Venerable Bruno Lanteri, founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.  He’ll be talking with Dan about...READ MORE

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