“We Are Greatly Blessed” For the Gift of Fatherhood

06/19/2016 Comment

Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656), “Childhood of Christ”

Each November, for more than a decade, my father coordinated the annual “Scouting for Food” program in the small town where I grew up. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would drop off empty grocery bags at each house in town, and then a week later, collect bags filled with food for the poor.

My father arranged the assignments, and then compiled, organized, and distributed the food to food banks. He’d also quietly drop off large boxes of food on the porches of struggling families in our town. We weren’t rich ourselves, but he’d often purchase turkeys or hams to go along with those boxes.

Because blocks would be missed, or we’d not have enough Scouts, my father and I annually dropped off and...READ MORE

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Each One of Us is Imperfect, and Beloved in the Eyes of God

06/11/2016 Comments (4)

Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), "Let the Little Children Come Unto Me"

A woman conceived a child with Down syndrome, and her doctor encouraged an abortion.  The story happens every day.  But this woman didn’t have an abortion; she gave birth to a beautiful little girl.  The mother wrote a letter to the doctor, expressing her sadness that anyone would encourage the abortion of a child with Down syndrome.  The letter was posted on social media, and now it’s gone viral.

I have two children, and they both have Down syndrome, so a half-dozen friends have tagged me this week in posts about the letter.

I admire this mother’s support for her daughter.  I am grateful that she brought attention to the plight of children like hers, and like mine, who face the very high...READ MORE

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Heroism For the Masses?

05/16/2014 Comments (32)
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No one who saw it was unmoved by the suffering of John Paul II.  I will not forget the last time I heard him preach.  It was 2004.  He was barely audible, his words a slur.  He was seated.  But he radiated a kind of serenity.  It was clear to me that Pope John Paul II was a living saint.

Two years earlier, at World Youth Day in Toronto, I’d heard him say that “holiness is not a question of age; it is a matter of living in the Holy Spirit.”  Those who watched the last years of John Paul II watched a man alive in the Holy Spirit.

St. John Paul was holy.  He was heroic.  And legions of Catholics, young and old, modeled their lives after him: desiring to be like John Paul II, desiring to be...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on the Verge of Changing Church Teaching? Not Likely

04/24/2014 Comments (50)

A story has circulated around the Internet this week suggesting that Pope Francis telephoned Jacquelina Sabetta, an Argentine woman, to tell her that, despite being divorced and “remarried,” she could receive holy Communion.

The story began on Facebook, which is unsurprising, and then in the Argentine press; and the global media got interested when La Stampa, the Italian daily newspaper, began covering it.

The details of the story, like most things that begin with Facebook, are ambiguous. And it is unlikely that clarity will be forthcoming. But there are those who will use this story, however muddled, to buoy the simmering rumors that Pope Francis is on the verge of changing the Church’s...READ MORE

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About JD Flynn

JD Flynn
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JD Flynn serves as Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley in the Diocese of Lincoln. He previously served as chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver. JD serves as a canonical consultant to dioceses and religious communities, and serves on the board of Endow and of the Cultural Enterprise Foundation. His work has appeared in First Things, National Review Online, various canonical publications, and on the interwebs. He has a Juris Canonici Licentiate from the Catholic University of America, and Master’s degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. JD and his wife Kate live in Lincoln, Nebraska with their children, Max and Pia.