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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, ...

The Lord's first almsgiving Michael Pakaluk

Lent, we are aware, is a season of intense penance. "The interior penance of the Christian," the Catechism teaches, "can be expressed in many and various ways. Scripture and the Fathers insist above all ...

The worst pope in historyMichael Pakaluk

St. Peter was without doubt the worst pope in history. I hope you were shocked by this opening line, since that was my intent. But I meant it only in the trivially true sense that, since Peter was the ...

'Non Fecit Taliter Omni Nationi' Michael Pakaluk

The second most popular pilgrimage site in the world for Catholics used to be San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy, the town of Padre Pio, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, across from Rome. It's hard to measure ...

Father Murray and national unityMichael Pakaluk

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Father John Courtney Murray's great book reflecting on what he called "The American Proposition," entitled "We Hold These Truths." I've gone back to that book these ...

Secularism no basis for human fraternity Michael Pakaluk

''Fratelli Tutti," the pope's recent encyclical, presents an outlook and advocates policies to foster friendship among the entire human family. Friendship is not possible if the inequalities among us ...

The sweet name of MaryMichael Pakaluk

''May this appeal of mine not go unheard!" Thus wrote the sainted Pope John Paul II in 2002, near the end of his apostolic letter on the rosary. "I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state ...

Ideas for summer reading Michael Pakaluk

It is easy to tear down, hard to build. Cathedrals built over centuries were destroyed in days during the Reformation. A man nurtured lovingly from birth, educated, instructed in sports, formed in art ...