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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ and becoming God

Father Ryan O’Neill is the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Denver. When I forget that God’s dream for my life is deification—to share in his divinity—my Christian life […]

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Persuasive disciples, not anarchic disrupters

We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968. Then, a teenager, I watched U.S. Army tanks patrol […]

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Oh, the gift of life-giving love

Following God’s design for how he created us as male and female brings great peace, harmony and unity to marriage, family and our world. I can remember vividly feeling as […]

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Taking back the true dignity of women

Remember back in the old days, when they used to say that a beautiful woman “could stop traffic”? Well, it seems that modern-day feminists are reviving the idea, but with […]

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A new Lenten discipline

For Lent 2016, I adopted a new Forty Days discipline in addition to intensified prayer, daily almsgiving, and letting my liver have its annual vacation: I quit sports talk radio, […]

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Healing the Reformation’s wounds

Five-hundred years have passed since the Reformation rippled through the Church, causing painful division and spurring changes. Sadly, even more divisions have occurred in that period. But the ecclesial and […]

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A Lent to remember

  The best Lent of my life involved getting up every day at 5:30 a.m., hiking for miles through ankle-twisting, cobblestoned city streets, dodging drivers for whom traffic laws were […]

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Here’s an idea, give up busyness for Lent

Remember downtime? It was that thing we did before cellphones. We’d be waiting for a doctor’s appointment or for a bus, and we’d just sit there, idle. I was waiting […]

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Encounter God’s Word in the desert

We are about to begin Lent, the solemn season in which the Church unites herself to what the Catechism calls “the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (#540). As we […]

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A modest defense of the “liberal world order”

Some preliminaries: I quite agree that the United Nations is a sad, and sometimes malicious, joke. I understand that some people have been the victims of a globalized world economy […]

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Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, all over again

In April 2016, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, issued a pastoral letter on the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on marriage) and re-affirmed the Church’s long-settled […]

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Thinking through the temptation of cohabitation

Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate towards arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy. Because women are frequently the immediate guardians of the next […]