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What truths should a Catholic draw from the Ascension?
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This is an opportunity to make the return to Mass as solemn and festive as it should be.
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The thought of St. John Paul II will resonate for generations to come.
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The recognition of honest work and ‘ordinary people’ is suddenly ‘in.’ Are we ready to pay attention?
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The “signs of the times” demand that we think about what is being done to motherhood, and whether we want to remain silent about it.
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The dictatorship of relativism is the governing philosophy of the empire of nothingness.
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No, the bishops are not “misguided” in consecrating their countries to Mary. They are long overdue.
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“We must first of all recall a principle that has always been taught by the Church: the principle of the priority of labor over capital.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
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The Catholic teaching about the primacy of the parent in a child’s education stems from natural law.
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What the COVID-19 contagion is showing us is that there are no “junk jobs.”
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The sacraments are the only way—short of a miracle—that God’s grace are assured to us in the full and complete reality of whom we are as human beings.
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We need to “physically distance” even while we keep our social ties close — because the physical matters.
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Let our Lenten prayer be, “Lord, in my fight with you – please let me lose!”
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Ours is a society that is uncomfortable with silence.
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In a time of crisis, we need the Church and prayer more, not less.
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We live in a noisy age, and noise takes its toll on prayer.
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If you live near a Polish-American parish, why not visit during Lent?
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The Washington post identifies three causes for the vanishing hotel Bible: declining interest, consumerism, and fear of causing “offense.”
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The vanishing light in the church from the extinguished candles reminds us that we, as sinners, without Christ, “dwell in darkness.”
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Most American parishes observe the feast only minimally, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Young people have a powerful role to play in a world where, especially in the next few years, the culture of death will flail viciously to protect its death grip through Roe.
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Just as Jesus gradually reveals God to us, so the Christmas feasts that culminate in the Presentation also point to offertory.
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The Methodist division is instructive for what it can tell us about postmodernism leading and guiding churches.
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As we mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, let us never forget the individual compromises with evil that brought it all about.
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The Methodist split is just further proof that, when it comes to fidelity to Christian teaching versus sex, the latter often prevails.
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Keep an eye on what happens in Richmond during this session of the General Assembly.
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Was the world of Herod and the Magi so different from our world?
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As we look at the problematic state of our world and the Church, it’s time to open our mouths and speak out.
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We need to restore regular penance. And we need to recover Advent as a penitential season.
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Self-control – imposing rules on one’s self – gradually leads to an awareness that we cohabit in this world with other people.
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How Easter Sunday and the end of the Church year are inseparably linked.
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Why doesn’t the Christian message resonate? Is it that man has not experienced love?
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The kind of person we’ve made ourselves into at death is the kind of person we are for eternity.
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Judgment is real because love is real and persons are real.
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Howard Husock asks what part the government might play in some of our contemporary social problems.
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November is an opportunity for the Church to pray for the dead and evangelize about man’s last enemy, death
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Parenthood is not just a matter of “personal autonomy” but has social implications in which society as a whole has vital rights and interests
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The feasts of saints are first and foremost about Jesus Christ.
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November’s focus on death and the next world seems less prominent today. Perhaps we should not be surprised.
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Step into the light of autumn.
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Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko was killed Oct. 19, 1984.
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Devotion to Our Lady played an important role in the life of Fr. Morales and in the communities he founded.
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Lots of indignities get promoted in the name of “human dignity”
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There can only be one God in our lives. It can be love of the God “whom we cannot see.” Or it can be love of the god we see in the mirror.
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Mary Eberstadt speaks about three factors affecting modern life: broken families, shrinking families and loneliness.
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Man works to live. He does not live to work.
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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. ... For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
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Three key elements of our Genesis heritage are under massive assault by postmodern “culture.”
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“Together and unanimously they offered their lives to God, asking in exchange that the lives of the mothers and fathers of families and that of the local pastor be spared. The Lord graciously accepted their sacrifice and, we believe, abundantly rewarded them in his glory.” —Pope St. John Paul II
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Lest modernity think it has discovered America, some lessons from Christianity’s long experience with marriage might help.
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Katelyn Beaty says there’s more to human sexuality than people realize. She’s right, and she’s on to something.
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Putting justice first: A response to Cathleen Kaveny
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There have been 60 million abortions in the United States since 1973. Have you ever wondered what they do with the bodies?
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Christianity was critical to shaping the Western world we know and from which we benefit.
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We must not forget just how important the Solemnity of Pentecost really is.
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Protected by the Supreme Court under the guise of “religious neutrality,” agnosticism and atheism have become the de facto established religions of public life.
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The Holy Spirit, who “renews the face of the earth,” is the only means by which true human unity can be achieved.
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Man is created in God’s image and likeness — a God who is tri-Personal, a God who is life-giving, a God who is Love.
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The Holy Spirit came to you fully on the day of your Confirmation, but his first gift to you was given on the day of your conception.
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“Greedy work” is work that encroaches on an employee’s day, usually at the expense of family and personal time.
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Individualism is a toxic substitute for religious tradition and discipline
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What seems absent is a sharp perspective on the rights of the child.
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This was not going to be an easy conversation.
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We need to recover the idea of the intrinsic dignity of any kind of honest work.
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“Unplanned” is a powerful film that refocuses attention on the barbarism that occurs approximately every 30 seconds in the United States.
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Pro-abortionists would like us to believe that Planned Parenthood has a more realistic view of “the best interests of a child” than a child’s mother or father.
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Think of this if you imagine you’ve wasted Lent. It’s never too late.
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Man is the crown of God’s visible creation, with responsible dominion over the world.
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There is none so blind as he who won’t see, but one can’t see before believing.
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“And you shall renew the face of the earth...”
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Are Catholics being asked to buy another cat in a bag?
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Lent calls us to let God transfigure our lives so we can rest in Him.
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Gentleman: How about picking out a tie for your next Mass?
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God will never let you be tempted beyond your ability to say “no.”
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Name Catholic things after Catholic saints — not bishops, bosses and benefactors
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Do you want to be great, or just good enough?
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Many people think freedom is the end, practically synonymous with good. But in reality, good is the end, freedom a means.
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“Priests are turning away from me toward worldly illusions. ... I want the hearts of pure priests.”
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“May the Lord give us a restful night and a peaceful death.”
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The time for transforming a parish into a spiritually alive locus of mercy is now.
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Are we returning to pagan Rome and its patria potestas, where every child’s status was determined by the thumbs up or down of his father?
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam let the cat out of the bag.
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God, and not man, has primacy over saying who will exist and who will not.
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The modern world is progressively destroying the notion of the body as an integrated whole
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We can best pay tribute to this pioneer by applying his insights to the challenges we face today, and by saying a prayer for his repose.
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“The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
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A day spent with so many bright, young and idealist future leaders will fill you with hope.
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“Reproductive justice” and “gender equality” are cultural debates in which Catholics have a profound stake.
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Maybe we can use our Catholic tradition to help a world learn (again) how to celebrate.
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“The greater purity, the greater virginity in the soul of the believer, the greater the apostolic fertility.”
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The Baby Jesus found welcome in an animal’s feeding trough when human doors were closed in his parents’ faces
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Diapers show us just how real the Incarnation is
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The Catholic Church has believed in Mary’s freedom from sin for millennia.
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Our Advent Rush is one of urgency to see ourselves as God sees us.
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“Hope brings to a close the coming of the Redeemer; the Child fills us with joy.”
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Is Jesus Christ the King of whom we want to be a subject? Or do we declare, “We have no king but Caesar?”
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It’s worth recalling that, from a Christian perspective, death is not a normal part of life.
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It’s a great paradox that, for all its advocacy of killing, the culture of death really doesn’t like to look death straight in the eye.
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Are you truly willing to trust God in everything?
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If we do not understand the reality of love in the relationship of husband and wife, we do not understand God.
John Grondelski

John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. He is especially interested in moral theology and the thought of John Paul II.

Note: All views expressed in his National Catholic Register contributions are exclusively the author’s.