A forum of Catholic Thought

The Catholic Church and freedomMichael Pakaluk

''Commercial republics, marked by political and economic liberty, better than any other form of political economy, have lengthened the lifespan, lifted from poverty, and enlarged the range of human choice" ...

A call to provide relief and assistance to the Haitian peopleCardinal Seán P. O'Malley

On Sept. 6, I was able to visit Haiti to meet with Cardinal Langlois of Les Cayes, to survey the challenges now confronting the Haitian people and to express the solidarity of the Archdiocese, home to ...

St. Therese, your teacher and mineMichael Pakaluk

''Everyone realizes that today something surprising is happening." So said Pope John Paul II back in 1997, when, at a Mass for World Missions in St. Peter's Square, he proclaimed St. Therese of Lisieux ...

Guard the netEffie Caldarola

When my daughter Maria was a senior in high school, the girls' hockey coach asked her to be the goalie for the team. This might seem a reasonable request except for one thing: Maria didn't play hockey. ...

What (or who) gives?Maureen Pratt

My delight in earning a graduate degree in theology this spring has given way to a desire to downsize. I'm not planning to move but am eager to simplify my life and give many things away, good things ...

The face in the mirrorEffie Caldarola

When my granddaughter Alice was just months old, she would lie on a blanket, surrounded by a plastic toy structure that had colorful objects hanging from it. When the structure was jiggled, things would ...

Prophetic voices for our timeMichael Pakaluk

If a prophet like those of Old Testament times were to visit human society today, what would he criticize us for? How would he urge us to change? Or perhaps we have been sent similar prophets but have ...

The first point of faithMichael Pakaluk

We say it so often and so quickly that we may not even appreciate what we are saying, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and of earth, of all things, visible and invisible." Found ...

Beyond the righteousness of the Scribes and PhariseesMichael Pakaluk

Just as balloons can look designed to be popped, with the merest prick of pin, so do merely human ideals seem to beg for deflation. And yet we need them. If you doubt that, start paying attention. The ...

Cheap grace and cheap mercyMichael Pakaluk

''When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die," writes Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his spiritual masterwork, "The Cost of Discipleship." And Bonhoeffer did die. For him, the cost of opposing the Nazis, ...