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“Love Song for the Bride” Is Balm for a Wounded Church

For a Church that finds itself in very dark and choppy waters, Brother Isaiah’s new song offers a respite of great light and strength.

Hear, O Israel

Our first reading for Mass this week contains the defining prayer of the Jewish tradition: the “Sh’ma.” In the Gospel, when asked which commandment is the greatest, Jesus, a pious Jew, recites this prayer from the book of Deuteronomy. We Christians too claim—or better, are claimed by—this great prayer. But what does it mean?

All Souls Day and the Shock of Death

The reality of death is not something we Christians deny, but it also does not drive us to despair.

Saints Remind Us: We Are Be-Sparked Creatures of Infinite Possibilities

All Saints Day reminds us of the saintly potential within each of us by virtue of our baptism.

Stephen Hawking: Great Scientist, Lousy Theologian

“Is There a God?” This is the title of the first chapter of Stephen Hawking’s final book, “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” To the surprise of no one who has been paying attention to Hawking’s musings on the subject the last several years, his answer is no. The problem is that one can be exceptionally intelligent in one arena of thought and actually quite naïve in another. This, I’m afraid, is the case with Stephen Hawking, who, though uniquely well-versed in his chosen field, makes a number of blunders when he wanders into the domains of philosophy and religion.

Stephen Hawking: Gran Científico, Terrible Teólogo

¿Existe Dios? Este es el título del primer capítulo del libro final de Stephen Hawking, “Breves respuestas a las grandes preguntas.” Su respuesta—que no puede sorprender a nadie que haya estado al tanto de las reflexiones de Hawking al respecto los últimos años—es que no. El problema es que uno puede ser excepcionalmente inteligente en un campo del pensamiento y bastante ingenuo en otro. Me temo que este es el caso con Stephen Hawking quien, aunque es excepcionalmente bien versado en su especialidad, mete la pata cuando se aventura en los dominios de la filosofía y la religión.

It’s Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween

As we near All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween, the walking encyclopedia that is Father Steve Grunow discusses everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween and its deeply Catholic roots.

The Visceral Reality of God’s Love

To those whose hearts are open, the cross bestows the greatest of comforts.

Absorption of Shame

In the sacrament of Reconciliation, we receive much more than we could ever imagine.

Coming Home from Exile

Our first reading from the prophet Jeremiah treats of a theme that is basic throughout the Bible: the motif of the return from exile. Like two great hinges on which the Old Testament turns are the stories of Exodus and Exile. Israel finds itself enslaved in Egypt, but God liberates the people; later, the northern tribes are carried off by the Assyrians; and later still, the southern tribes are carried off by the Babylonians. But exile was also a kind of spiritual metaphor, a trope for having wandered far from the Lord.