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Protecting Our Humanity and the Vulnerable

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

Because of the times we are living in, Pope Francis has spoken out repeatedly about the dangers of “gender ideology,” a modern form of gnosticism that not only undermines our basic understanding of anthropology but also of reality. He has made a distinction between the welcome, support, accompaniment, and loving pastoral care that we must offer to those who say […]

Building Upon, or Destroying, the Cornerstone of the Common Good

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Last Saturday, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican leaders of the Italian pro-life movement the day before Italy’s annual pro-life day, held since 1978 on the first Sunday of February. He spoke powerfully about how “the defense of life is not carried out in only one way, or with one gesture, but it’s done in a multiplicity of actions, attentions, […]

Five Ways to Show Catholic Courage at Work

Do we ever stop to consider how many times a day our thinking and actions about our Catholic faith are influenced by a misguided concern for what others think of us? During the day, how many times have we missed opportunities to stand up for Christ or share our faith?  Is it the conversation we avoid with a troubled co-worker?  […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Archbishop William E. Lori

“Let us not shrink from entering the public square to proclaim the person of Christ, to teach the values that flow from reason and faith, to uphold our right to go about our daily work in accord with our teachings and values.” (Archbishop William E. Lori)   Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic […]

The Practical Power of Public Prayer

"King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber

I had just boarded the late afternoon train from Paddington Station headed west to Bristol. The commuters were jostling for places, bags were being stashed and those of us who managed to find seats were settling down with a book or a sandwich for the journey when suddenly a voice came over the intercom. It was a sweet sounding, melodious […]

Daily Quote from Archbishop Chaput

“Forcing religious faith out of a nation’s public square and out of a country’s public debates does not serve democracy… What it does do is impose a kind of unofficial state atheism. To put it another way, if we ban Christian Churches or other religious communities from taking an active role in our nation’s civic life, we’re really just enforcing […]

What Others Think of Us

I have had several recent conversations with friends and professional acquaintances on the subject of openly sharing our Catholic faith.  I was a little surprised at how many of them expressed strong reluctance to being open about their beliefs.  The reasons given included “We are not allowed to do that at work,” “I don’t want to offend anyone” and “I […]

Holy Daring: Fearless Trust in the Public Square

Listen to Presentation by Dr. Thierfelder… Recap of Holy Daring: Fearless Trust in the Public Square: Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine recently sponsored an incredible talk given by Dr. Bill Thierfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College (www.bac.edu) at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, GA.  Dr. Thierfelder focused his remarks on patriotism and courage in public life (in business, sports, […]

Was America Founded as a Christian Country?

There has been much debate in the last several years over the role of religion in the public square and whether or not the Founding Fathers intended for America to be a Christian Country.  One can read the numerous quotes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and others to see the clear influence and frequent mentioning of God in […]