- Oct 27, 2020
In an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, Anthony L. Lilles – author of “Fire from Above,” and academic dean of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – talks about the deeper life of prayer. Among other things, she says that when God comes to us in prayer and reveals the immensity of His love, it’s the finest moment in our lives, and one minute in this kind of prayer does more good in the world than anything else we can do.
The Sunday after Easter was once called Low Sunday, but now we celebrate it as Divine Mercy Sunday. The reason is that after a long 20th century, the human family is in tremendous need of healing and hope, of both receiving mercy and sharing compassion with one another.
Victor Hugo’s silent revolution was initiated by the triumvirate of divine goodness proclaimed in the bishop’s simple act of mercy: love your enemies, pray for those that persecute you, and turn the other cheek. Hugo understood what today’s progressive liberals have forgotten.
The day after Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate was the feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, the apostle of divine mercy. Rather than doubling down on promoting one campaign or another and adding to the anger and noise, a prayerful focus on Divine Mercy might just make for a more merciful politics in 2016.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles says what he took away from the Vatican’s “baby bishops school” is a stronger sense of his ordination not just for L.A., but for the whole Church, and a new appreciation for the staggering variety of challenges the Church faces around the world.
Sometimes leaders learn more from crowds than from polls about how passionately people are feeling something, and in his preface to a new biography of Benedict XVI, Francis suggests crowds have taught him that ordinary Catholics are just fine with the two-pope arrangement.