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Kris Dmytrenko
January 21, 2009
  Boisterous spectators press upon security fences, necks craning for a mere glimpse of the motorcade. Even the most antagonistic press outlets momentarily withhold their cynicism. Belief in this institution having been tested by so many disappointments and scandals, the leader’s faithful now pause, smile and exhale. He’s here. This is what we all saw ...read more
“Our life is transformed by beauty, truth and goodness and it is touched first by the great gift of the Lord God, which is beauty. In turn, beauty leads to the good and the true which ultimately leads to a deeper knowledge of our Lord God.” These were the words of Toronto’s Archbishop Thomas Collins ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI extended his well wishes to Barak Obama as he was sworn in Tuesday as the 44th President of the United States Tuesday. In a telegram, the Holy Father assured the newly elected President Obama of his prayers, that God may grant him “unfailing wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high ...read more
The defense of life is the subject of a 30-second television ad that was aired on Chicago based Black Entertainment Television during Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. Produced by CatholicVote.org, a project of the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy, the ad features an ultra-sound image, interspersed with text saying: “This child’s future is a broken ...read more
Quite often I get comments from people about the state of marriage in our society – with one in two marriages ending in divorce and teenage pregnancy rates up for the first time in 15 years. It seems that sexual immorality, adultery, and abortion are becoming more and more prevalent. People are concerned. As a ...read more
My mind was already on air travel when news broke of “the Miracle on the Hudson”–last Thursday’s casualty-free crash of U.S. Airways Flight 1549. In my quest for a cheap ticket for Rome, I had been searching the airline’s website that morning. According to one source, the odds of dying in an plane accident are ...read more
Winston Churchill once said “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” I recently read about a fascinating social experiment which seemed to confirm Churchill’s cynicism. On a cold January morning a man sat at a metro station in Washington DC, at ...read more
Reflecting on this Sunday’s readings, especially the call of Samuel and of Andrew and his brother, I remembered something that the German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his prison in Nazi Germany, that “only by living unreservedly in this life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities … does one become a man ...read more
Last Friday, soon after arriving in Nashville, Fr. Thomas Rosica and I had the tremendous pleasure of screening the documentary Beloved: The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia before an audience for the FIRST TIME! Around 50 novitiate sisters and 32 vocation visitors were there, and I couldn’t believe their reactions – their laughter, their tears, ...read more
As heard on Zoom, this Sunday marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The overall theme is “That they may become one in your hand,” Ezekiel 37:17. Interestingly, according to a note from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity the reflection and prayers for the week are: “rooted in the ...read more