Aquinas and Horses

Lander, Wyoming, is not an easy place to get to. I got there in February by flying from Washington to Denver and then sitting around the Denver airport for hours,

Companions on the Road to Easter

ROME. For the past six weeks, I’ve had the privilege of participating in the station church pilgrimage of Lent, a Roman tradition that dates back to Christian antiquity. From at

Christian Number-Crunching

For twenty-seven years, the International Bulletin of Missionary Research has published an annual “Status of Global Mission” report, which attempts to quantify the world Christian reality, comparing Christianity’s circumstances to

New Year's and the Lord of History

The contrarian rule I have long tried to observe with respect to New Year’s Eve — get to bed by 10 p.m. — was confirmed by its breach on the

Christmas, Jews, and Christians

Tradition attributes the Christmas crèche or manger scene to St. Francis of Assisi, while the decorations that have become so much a part of the Christmas season in America —

A Christmas Book Sampler

A number of fascinating books that haven’t received all that much attention, but richly deserve it, have crossed my desk in recent months. Each would make a fine Christmas gift

The Pius Wars, Continued

In the war over Pius XII and the Holy See's policy toward Nazi Germany before and during World War II, there are fanatically anti-Pacelli/Pius XII writers like Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Operation Let the Fire Fall

In November 2007, George Misulia, a Catholic layman who lives in Mt. Airy Maryland, was lying in bed, recovering from fractured vertebrae suffered during a bad accident and wondering what

Truths Still Held?

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of John Courtney Murray’s We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition — arguably, the most important such reflection composed in our

Another Long Lent

On March 25, the New York Times published a now thoroughly discredited front-page story suggesting that Joseph Ratzinger, while prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had willfully impeded

Almsgiving – All $300 Billion of It

Almsgiving, along with fasting and intensified prayer, is one of the three traditional Lenten practices enjoined on all Catholics by ancient tradition. So it might seem an odd moment to

The Relentless Grittiness of Lent

Carolyn Gordon Tate, a major figure in the literary renaissance of the twentieth century American South, once wrote Flannery O'Connor of the impact that her conversion to Catholicism had had

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