SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
June 15, 2021
"All the patriarchs and bishops are invited to participate in this intense prayer, and to be in a profound Communion of prayer together during this blessed day."
June 15, 2021
Texas high schooler Paxton Smith gave a surprise valedictorian’s address at her high school’s graduation reacting to the state’s attempt to restrict abortion. She said she needed access to abortion to accomplish her goals. Without it, she was “terrified.” Jacqueline Abernathy, once an ambitious high school star herself, explains why she’s so wrong.   “I
June 14, 2021
Questions have swirled around UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s religious affiliation in the wake of his marriage to long-time partner in a private ceremony in the Catholic cathedral at Westminster at the end of last month. He was the first prime minister to marry in office since Robert Banks Jenkinson in 1822, and only the
June 14, 2021
To all men of good-will in my generation, the death of Chesterton appears (in various degrees) like an overshadowing of the sun. His philosophy, or some echo of it, gave colour to the things of this world, and was the earnest of better things to come. Many others, like myself, must have been so saturated
June 14, 2021
“I am especially close to the population of the Tigray region in Ethiopia, struck by a grave humanitarian crisis that could expose the poorest people to famine,” the Pope said, inviting the faithful to “pray together that the violence may cease immediately, that food and health assistance may be guaranteed to everyone, and that social harmony may be restored as soon as possible.”
June 14, 2021
Most of John Bradburne’s life appears to have been chaotic and haphazard, but one may see that he was being formed through all his searching and wandering, to complete his final task.
June 13, 2021
Speaking in 1958, Pope Pius XII presses on an international gathering of philosophers the idea that love of the living God helps them do their work, because then they will "take into account all reality." Acceptance of Christian Faith does not solve every philosophical problem. But it does oblige the philosopher to "emerge from his isolation" and places him in a broader universe.
June 13, 2021
On the way in, we walked down a hallway where we could just see in to a few of the rooms where some residents lived who couldn’t leave their rooms. I’d brought a youth group to a nursing home to sing carols to the people there, and these patients weren’t able even to make the
June 11, 2021
A Muslim lawyer for a Christian couple accused of blasphemy against Islam has warned that Muslim extremists are calling for their deaths. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar were convicted of sending a text message, in English, that was considered blasphemous against Mohammad, despite being illiterate. They were convicted by a Pakistani court in 2014 and
June 11, 2021
“In the context of its role of supervision, the Dicastery… has identified several reasonable criteria concerning two necessary aspects of good government: regulating the terms of office in governing bodies at the international level, and the representativeness of these bodies.”
June 11, 2021
St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot
June 10, 2021
Whatever Cardinal Marx's reasons for submitting his resignation, Pope Francis's rejection of it makes the whole thing to appear thoroughly managed -- orchestrated -- choreographed.