Category Archives: Prayer

O Come, All Ye Fretful

First published in “Phronesis in Pieces” at billschmitt.substack.com on Dec. 31, 2022 I came away from Christmas Mass this year with a heightened appreciation of those who had joined the congregation as, let’s say, occasional visitors. Some of them attend … Continue reading

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Priest’s Word to the Wise: Love to Study, Study to Love

This book review first appeared in The Tablet, newspaper of the Brooklyn Diocese, on Dec. 3, 2022. “Theology” can be an off-putting, academic word. But a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn has emerged on a mission to enrich Catholics’ … Continue reading

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All the News About What’s Not Fit to Print

This 2019 video shows Bari Weiss, who resigned  from New York Times in mid-July, 2020. The open letter of resignation posted by New York Times opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss on her website this week reminds us that journalism … Continue reading

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Jeopardy Beyond COVID: Answers in the Form of a Question

I commented in this blog on April 27, 2020, that it seems timely for Catholics to prepare for the next spiritual metaphor of the COVID-19 epic. The phenomena of quarantining and distancing, which continue to evolve as we struggle to … Continue reading

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Happiness and the Jordan Peterson Factor

Jordan Peterson interviewed Bishop Robert Barron, discussing plot twists our world needs now. This post was published in Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Magis Center blog on June 3. Imagine we’re writing the current chapter in a history of human relationships to … Continue reading

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Churches Awaiting the Love After Lockdown: Many Happy Returns

See stephenbarany.com for instructions on making this easy art project,perhaps in time for Mass. As more Catholics resume physical attendance at Mass in areas where governors and bishops have issued policies easing COVID-19 lockdown rules, pastors and parish ministers around … Continue reading

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High Stakes for Global Communication, Solidarity, Sustainability

It’s been said that the COVID-19 crisis is “accelerating history.” It seems more decisions have to be made–by individuals, communities, societies, and the entire world–more quickly and with less certainty,  less consultation, and less complete information. Even though it’s hard … Continue reading

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“When Headlines Hurt” — Reviewed by “Catholic Reads” — and Now On Sale

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When Distancing Ends, Questioners Engage

Social distancing has created a pivotal time of solidarity mixed with hardship. Enduring to its end may prove to be a cultural and spiritual breeze compared to our next transition from silent quarantines to momentous questions surrounding COVID-19’s legacy. We’ve … Continue reading

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A Most Remarkable Lent: Pope Says, Draw Near! (Social Distancing, Part 2)

  From the Vatican News coverage of the Pope’s homily during Mass on March 18. Pope Francis has spoken out about our need to draw near to one another. He has done so from Rome, in the heart of a … Continue reading

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