The Thrill of Black Smoke 13

As I was pouring my second cup of coffee this morning, a friend of mine came up to me with a beaming face and ear to ear grin and said: “Black Smoke!”

BREAKING NEWS: Still No Pope, Yet....

BREAKING NEWS: Still No Pope, Yet….

Thinking it was appropriate to join him in his enthusiasm, I gave him a hearty fist-pump and belted out a stentorian “YES!!”

Afterward as I was savoring my hot cup of black gold, I thought to myself why was that appropriate? More…

When Does God Not Forgive Sins in Confession? 4

By Fr Edward Hopkins

Fr Edward Hopkins tackling the tough theological questions

Fr Edward Hopkins tackling the tough theological questions

When this title was suggested to me, I thought, “Now that’s a provocative question!” I had time to think about it. And so I’d like to offer you a short answer and then a more involved one.

Short answer: “When you are NOT sorry” that’s when God does not forgive sins in confession. More…

My Son, You Are Here With Me Always 15

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) Gospel Reflection

This is a gratuitous comic. It has little to do with today’s post, unless you think about it too hard, and then it has a lot to do with today’s post

Perspective — Maybe you’re looking at it the wrong way

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The Father is Waiting for Us: Reflections on Confession and Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son” 2

By Fr Jason Smith

A few weeks back I was hearing confessions in an old, cold, and rather uncomfortable confessional, the kind that our forefathers once used with a screen and two wooden doors, one on either side, so that the priest can slide them closed and the person on the right can’t hear what the person on the left is saying, or vice versa. More…

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Fr Jason Smith LC

One of the joys of my priesthood has been witnessing how God’s grace is stronger than any vice or addiction.

Given the large number of people struggling today with Internet porn, I thought it would be helpful to offer some of the tips I often give as a spiritual director to help people overcome it.

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Time Out for Conclave Humor 12

Word has it the last cardinal is set to arrive in the Vatican today. An alleged photo of the cardinal seems to confirm his flight in route to Rome.

And that’s the news for today. 

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“Warm Bodies,” a Classic Romantic-Comedy Zombie Sci-Fi Thriller 19

I don’t go to the movies that often, and when I do, I don’t normally make it a zombie movie. But when I saw the trailer for “Warm Bodies,” something told me I’ve got to see this one.

Unexpectedly clean social commentary that makes you laugh at yourself

Unexpectedly clean social commentary that makes you laugh at yourself

Before I get started, the only disclaimer I’d like to make is that I’m not recommending “Warm Bodies” as a “film for the whole family to enjoy.” I’m not even suggesting that you should see it, but if you More…

3 Challenges Facing the Next Pope 17

Cardinal Dolan’s assessment of the three challenges facing the next pope can be summed up in one word.

The enemy at the gates and the enemy within the walls is one and the same: Secularism. More…