Pew Research says it can't tease out a discernable Pope “Francis effect” in the behavior of American Catholics, but maybe it needs to look beyond its telephone surveys. Talking to some vocation directors might make a good start. Jesuit vocations officers, for instance, are reporting a surge in vocation inquiries since Pope Francis’ election.
Socrates referred to it as either a "dreamless sleep" or a "relocating of the soul..." Hamlet called it the "undiscover'd country from whose bourn / No traveller returns..."
They were speaking, as many readers know, of death. And despite some modern accounts (see, for example, Eben Alexander's Proof of Heaven), Hamlet was right: the trip into our end is one-way.
Robert D. Sullivan on the GOP's "tough-love" opposition to social welfare programs.
To all the doubters, who asked whether Pope Francis would prove to be all style and no substance, the answer is in. This highly popular, innovative pope means business. For sure, he is the master of both grand and spontaneous gestures. His request for prayers before his first blessing was a grand public gesture; so was his bathing the feet of a Muslim woman. His embrace of the sorely disfigured man in Saint Peter’s Square was a spontaneous expression of love, but even that was so evidently wholehearted that it wiped out any thought it was done just for show.
In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.
During the next six weeks, we will hear often about traditional Lenten practices -- prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, as well as the temporary relinquishing of something we crave or depend upon. These practices, as Catholics know, are meant to purge our selfishness and sin and inspire our hunger for the nourishment of the Gospel.
Miriam Weeks, the daughter of a doctor in Spokane, now a freshman at Duke University, hopes to “screw her way all the way to graduation.”
Now do I have your attention?
Though the recession still lingers, some of the nation's most well known Catholic universities appear as financially healthy as ever. Over the last few weeks, the University of Notre Dame has received a great deal of attention for its $400 million expansion, but its not the only Catholic university with a significant development in the works. While not quite as expensive, Georgetown University recently announced it will soon commence construction on a new $60 million athletic center. The Washington Post reports: