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Asking pardon and the 'purification of memory'Michael Pakaluk

Many of us remember that at the turn of the Millennium St. Pope John Paul II confessed sins and requested pardon on behalf of Christians for past anti-Semitism. This took place in a remarkable ceremony ...

Spiritual communion Michael Pakaluk

The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions "spiritual communion" in only two passages, neither of which deals with the Eucharist: 2347 "The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the ...

The last pilgrimMichael Pakaluk

''A man doesn't know what he has until he loses it," sings Joe Boyd, the middle-aged real estate salesman in the musical "Damn Yankees." Transformed into a young, superstar athlete -- "Shoeless Joe from ...

The Church as a household Michael Pakaluk

What seems an accidental confluence of books can be providential, which is perhaps the best reason for reading several books at the same time. Gregory of Tours, the late sixth-century bishop, perhaps ...

Mysteries in our faithMichael Pakaluk

There seem to be two basic approaches that we can take to reality and our place within it. These approaches are exclusive, and we need to choose between them. Either (1) we are set on accepting reality ...

In praise of God's folly Michael Pakaluk

I want to convince you that folly is real, and that Christ gives us the remedy for it. Folly or foolishness is deplored by Our Lord. Remember the man who filled up his silos with grain, and planned on ...

Progress and the spread of ChristianityMichael Pakaluk

Which of these two scenarios do you tend to believe, or regard as nearest to the truth? Scenario one: We have not yet seen the full flourishing of Christianity. The Christian faith, mainly through the ...

Newman -- Prophet of the Great Apostasy Michael Pakaluk

A "biglietto," in Italian, is a ticket or card. In May 1879, a messenger from the Vatican Secretary of State brought a message to a 78-year-old English priest, written on a biglietto, that the priest ...