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Saint of the Day

St. Anthony Messenger presents an illuminating profile of a saint commemorated today.

  • St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi
    Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is aware of this union with God while both internal and external senses are detached from the sensible world. Mary …

America

“In All Things” offers daily commentary from the nation’s most influential weekly Catholic journal, America, published by the Jesuits since 1909.

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Commonweal

Updates from “DotCommonweal,” the blog of the prominent U.S. lay-edited weekly Commonweal, published since 1924.

  • Who Knew Romero?
    In ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, reporter, teacher, and translator Gene Palumbo—who has lived in El Salvador since he moved there to cover the civil war in 1980—has written a unique rememb …
  • Trans Links
    It’s been fascinating to see the issue of transgender rights migrate from a mere blip at the edge of the cultural and political radar, to a burning topic of contention, with front-page headlines seemi …
  • Evil Within
    In her essay, “Love of Religious Practices,” Simone Weil addresses the condition of those afflicted by “the ugliness in us. The more we feel it, the more it fills us with horror. The soul rejects it i …
  • Are We Just Too Compassionate to Transgender People? (No)
    Up here in Westchester County, New York, some folks are in a snit because New Rochelle High School is switching to gender-neutral graduation gowns — that is, all students will wear the same color, in …
  • A Worthy Pilgrimage
    About a decade ago, I happened to be sitting at the table with a Navy veteran of World War II when the conversation turned to Japan. He was a retired physician, the father of a friend of mine, and if …
  • Trans America Redux
    As I predicted last summer, transgender rights have continued to loom large in the national conversation. Every day brings another story. Today it’s a front-page Times article about a trans boy in a s …

Whispers in the Loggia

Rocco Palmo reports on international Church developments from Philadelphia on his widely-read blog Whispers in the Loggia.

Vox Nova

Church Social Teaching is the focus on this blog by various Catholic writers seeking to discover the connection between faith and public life.

  • Some Thoughts on War for Memorial Day
    The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it can give us what we long for in life. It can give us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the mid …
  • The Value of a Microcephalic Life (beyond the fetal double-talk)
    A recent NPR story on pre-natal detection of the effects of the Zika virus caught my attention a couple of weeks ago.  Although I was alerted by the foreboding reference to the mother’s loss in the te …
  • Everyone Calm Down and Read
    Yes, Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, was released on Friday.  As has become the norm, news outlets and social media have been buzzing with reactions, pre-re …
  • Stop Ignoring the Sane
      Kasich! That name was chanted last Tuesday night in the Ohio governor’s home state.  It’s a name that could stand to be heard more often in the present election-year cacophony.  But his home victory …
  • I Can’t Resist
    I’m sorry, but I really cannot resist posting this very Catholic joke today.  “If scripture will not cast out the Devil, use laughter.  For Satan cannot bear to be mocked.”  (Martin Luther)  A blessed …
  • The Case for Partial Veganism
    It‘s amazing how seemingly chance events can shape us. This can happen at any age, but it is especially true when we are young. In 1995, at the age of 12, I saw a film that would change my life. Ironi …

The Deacon’s Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn offers interesting news related to Church life and society on his blog.

  • “The Bench” moves to Aleteia
    That sound you hear is the moving van backing up into my driveway. Beginning Sunday, November 1, you will find this blog over at Aleteia.  Fittingly, the move is happening on the feast of All Saints. …
  • Why don’t they write hymns like this anymore?
    Our entrance hymn this weekend is “For All the Saints” and it left me feeling nostalgic for church music that is vigorous and, in a way, muscular. Read some of my thoughts on church music right here.  …
  • Deacon at work: blessing the hounds
    I grew up around horses in Maryland. My sister, Karen, loves them; we spent our family weekends heading off to horse shows, fox hunts, and pony club meetings.  The scents of my childhood were the inte …
  • Homily for November 1, 2015: All Saints Day
    When I’m doing a baptism, the first question that is asked in the ritual is: “What name do you give your child?” Everyone answers that perfectly. But the second question is trickier. “What do you ask …
  • How did that “exorcism” show turn out?
      Variety has this review:  Yes, the various researchers and psychics who went into the haunted house — which provided the inspiration for the movie “The Exorcist” — spoke often of feeling cold and st …
  • Kid in popemobile gets “top prize” at White House
    View image | gettyimages.com Fron AP: A toddler dressed like the pope and pushed along in a popemobile got the top prize at President Barack Obama’s White House Halloween. Upon seeing the costume, Oba …

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