• Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!

    The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).

  • In an annual tradition, Thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued the following hopeful Easter message this year highlighting the importance of peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land:

  • Among much to read and consider this Holy Saturday and Easter weekend, I commend to readers Rod Dreher's wonderful and searingly honest essay in today's Wall Street Journal, wherein he discusses Dante's Divine Comedy and the profound ways it helped him through a very difficult time of his life. Dreher notes:

  • Sometimes pleasures and joys slide one over the other.  They pour so quickly into our lives, we begin to believe the cup of blessings can’t run dry.  But then some crack appears.  The blessing cup becomes hourglass, and happiness begins to pour away.   

  • Over at First Things, Matthew Gerken reports that Yale's "campus pro-life group—after a year in which they participated in meetings and even helped raise money for the organization—became the first group in living memory to be denied membership in the Social Justice Network of Dwight Hall." Dwight Hall at Yale, writes Gerken, "is the university umbrella organization for service and advocacy, encompassing dozens of member organizations that address almost every conceivable...

  • In 1945 a young Flannery O’Conner graduated from Georgia State College for Women.  She then went off to the University of Iowa, to study journalism.  College hadn’t really challenged the Roman Catholic faith, implanted in her by family and the parochial schools of Savannah, Georgia. The University of Iowa did.  Like so many students today, O’Connor changed her course of study.  She abandoned journalism and enrolled in the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

  • Canada's French- and English-speaking Jesuits plan to rejoin into a single Canadian province of the world's largest Catholic religious order of men.

    Father Peter Bisson, provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada, spoke about the plans at the annual Jesuit Provincial's Dinner on April 9. The merger, to be realized over the next several years, first needs approval from Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Jesuits in Rome.

  • Holy Thursday: 
    The Washing of the Feet  
    An excerpt from "Jesus: A Pilgrimage"
  • The Gospels reveal two threshold moments of disownment. Everyone is familiar with Judas's betrayal, but we forget about Peter. At one of Jesus’ most desperate hours, during his trial before the Sanhedrin, His crucifixion imminent, Peter denied knowing Christ. Peter. The rock. Three times. 

  • Stephen Colbert is, at first glance, an odd replacement for CBS talk-show host David Letterman. When he drops the know-nothing character of the soon-to-end The Colbert Report, as he will for his new show, Colbert is sincere and quite passionate about social-justice issues. (Patrick R. Manning explored these aspects of Colbert, and found parallels with St.