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True Versus False Human Rights

2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed three years after the 1945 foundation of the United Nations to give definition to the "fundamental human ...



Conscience and grace: A Lenten meditationGeorge Weigel

The scriptures of Lent in the Church's daily liturgy invite two related reflections. The weeks immediately preceding Easter call us to walk to Jerusalem in imitation of Christ, so that, at Easter, we, ...

Celibacy RevisitedFather Ron Rolheiser

Writing in the first person is always a risk, but the subject matter of this column is best done, I feel, through personal testimony. In a world where chastity and celibacy are seen as naÏve and ...

Good sportsJohn Garvey

When I was about 13, I had a bad temper -- so bad that I quit playing golf. When I played poorly (which was most of the time), I would throw clubs and say things I was not allowed to say at home. It ...

The New CreationScott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today's Epistle. ...

Repentance in the early ChurchMarcellino D'Ambrosio

The call to a change of heart and a change of life was a hallmark of the ministry of Jesus, of his forerunner, John the Baptist, and of his apostles. And the Lenten season, which has been part of the ...

The Smartphone: The best and the brightest's plague on our childrenKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The best minds of this generation are not going into the Peace Corps, politics, religious life and certainly not into teaching. They have taken their education, their talents and their energy off to California's ...

Prayer of repentanceEffie Caldarola

Lord Jesus, Lent presents me with the opportunity -- and the obligation -- to examine where my life is modeling your example and where I am failing to help bring about the kingdom of God. Help me to ...

How to get ready for LentFather Steve Grunow

"In these days, therefore, let us add something beyond ordinary expectations of our service. Let each one, over and above the measure prescribed, offer God something of his own freewill in the joy of ...