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Arguing, But Never Quarreling: The Odd Couple of Scalia and Ginsburg

There are no odd couples anymore. In an age of heightened partisanship and unsparing vitriol, it is conventional wisdom that if you are a conservative, you cannot pal around with a liberal. And if you are a liberal, you can have nothing in common with a conservative. Not so Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. […]

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The New Pew Findings, Catholic Teens, and the Idol of Success

The Pew Research Center released a new report entitled “US Teens Take After Their Parents Religiously, Attend Services Together and Enjoy Family Rituals.” But the survey also showed that Catholic US teenagers “mirror their peers on religious trends.” This is not surprising given that American Catholics, while ethnically diverse, tend to share the values and behaviors of […]

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The Shocking Truth: It Is Good That You Exist

A decade ago, when I daily toiled at my blog, I would sift through emails or moderate comments and occasionally encounter those who would presume to tell me I was going to hell. Sometimes I would see these same people on social media and be struck by how incapable they seemed of putting out a […]

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It’s Not the End of the World…Is It?

In the midst of a global pandemic and extreme civil unrest in the United States, is it alarmist or conspiratorial for Christians to talk a little bit about the end of the world? I think not. For my part, I’ve been thinking about the end of the world for most of my life. In my […]

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The Strangeness of God

Our very brief first reading is taken from the magnificent fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This section of Isaiah—which stretches from chapter forty through chapter fifty-five—is one of the most theologically sophisticated and illuminating passages in the entire Old Testament. Nowhere is Israel’s theology of God more fully and clearly developed. […]

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Mary: Why We Need Our Lady of Sorrows in 2020

Our Blessed Mother Mary is known by many gracious and descriptive titles, including “The Theotokos” (The God-Bearer); Our Lady of Grace; Our Lady, Help of Christians; Our Lady, Undoer of Knots; among others—and “Mother” most appropriately. On this day, she is venerated as Our Lady of Sorrows. It may seem rather odd to devote ourselves […]

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Tour de France: Evangelization on Two Wheels

A few nights ago, I was watching the day’s rebroadcast of the Tour de France with my wife, and as the peloton made its way through beautiful rolling hills and verdant green fields of the French countryside, the announcer shocked me by exclaiming, “That was the Lady of La Salette sanctuary we just flew past. […]

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On Christianity, Tolerance, and the Need to “Coexist”

Since the year 2000, the world has been confronted with the “Coexist” bumper sticker. This small but mighty bumper billboard creatively substitutes symbols of different world religions and ideologies for particular letters of the word “Coexist.” The image was first produced by graphic designer Piotr Młodożeniec who used it in an international art competition sponsored […]

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Why Mark Galli, Former Editor-in-Chief of “Christianity Today,” Decided to Become Catholic

Recently, Tod Worner, the Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute, had the chance to have a conversation with Mark Galli. Mark has served as a Presbyterian pastor, respected journalist, and most recently, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, an international magazine founded by Billy Graham in 1956 that is […]

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Lord, Bless That Person I Hate So Much

My car is almost twenty years old and the CD player no longer works, so while driving alone my only options are the radio or silent prayerfulness. I’d love to say that as I dashed out to run errands this week I piously communed with God or said my Rosary but I’ll tell the truth: […]

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