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In the image of a fire-gutted Notre Dame, I see myself, and I see the whole Church.....

I write this just days after watching Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame become engulfed by flames and fearing that the most famous and treasured place of worship in all of Christendom after St. Peter’s Basilica would be reduced to stone and ash at the start of Holy Week. Thankfully, the Cathedral is not wholly lost, but as it burned...

Almost 100 abortion workers seek to leave industry after seeing pro-life movie ‘Unplanned’...

Chuck Konzelman, director of the Pure Flix movie Unplanned, revealed to Congress this week that nearly 100 abortion clinic workers have sought to leave their jobs after seeing the pro-life film. During his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Konzelman said 94 clinic workers have approached former Planned Parenthood executive Abby Johnson’s nonprofit...

Fr. Fournier performing benediction inside the burning Notre-Dame? That gave me chills.....

Here’s a transcript of an interview with Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade. He went into Notre Dame as it burned — standing there below a cascade de feu— and saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns. “[W]e had a vision of what hell may be: like waterfalls of fire pouring down from the openings in the roof...

Why go to Confession? Here’s why it’s worth it.....

If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you know the indignities of the hospital gown. It’s flimsy and open at the back, which means it’s pretty tough to retain any sense of decency or decorum. It’s all by design, of course, because clinicians — nurses, doctors, surgeons — require ready access to our anatomy in order to assess...

The ‘Seven Last Words’ of Christ on the Cross...

On Good Friday, Catholics keep the custom of the Via Crucis, the Stations of the Cross. In 2005, for the Stations at the Colosseum in Rome, a dying St. John Paul II had asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to compose the meditations. Less than a month before he would be elected as Benedict XVI, Cardinal Ratzinger gave pilgrims a severe and sober assessment of the state of the Church...

Good Friday: “They will look upon him whom they have pierced”...

Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to know.

Holy Saturday and the Lord of the Rings...

One of Catholicism’s greatest contributions is the great artists it has produced. I have written elsewhere about how the deeply incarnation and sacramental vision of Catholicism helps to inspire art that works at a deeper level than anything the world (and non Catholic Christians) can produce. One of the best examples of this is the comparison between Tolkien and Lewis...

A Tale of Two Cities’ Cathedrals...

The fires that burned brightly at Notre-Dame de Paris were matched by the vivid resolve of French politicians and civic leaders that from the ashes this great cathedral will rise once more. Across the channel in London, one cannot help but be reminded of another fire and another cathedral that burned equally disastrously. In 1666 what was to become known as the Great Fire of London began shortly after midnight on Sept...

“On the third day he rose again.” Why the third day?

The Resurrection is a work of God the Blessed Trinity. All three Persons of the Godhead are involved and, as in all things, all three Persons operate in perfect harmony to accomplish it. The Father “raised up” Christ his Son (Acts 2:24, 32). The Son declares, “I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me...

Easter attacks on churches in Sri Lanka are tragic, but hardly surprising...

Sadly enough, there’s now an ugly and utterly predictable dynamic on Easter Sunday: Somewhere in the world, full churches will be attacked and some number of Christians will die for no other reason than that they chose to attend services to celebrate what is supposed to be the faith’s great celebration of life. Today, it happened in Sri Lanka...