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Vocation in the Second Half of Your Life

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I push back whenever a young woman tells me her vocation is to get married and have kids. Her vocation is not so limited. She may be called to marriage, but she’s also called to prepare for the life to come by prayer and sacrifice, by renouncing the things of this world, by thinking of what is above. Continue Reading »

The Tribunal of Mercy

From the March 2003 Print Edition

It is surprising, given the events of the last year, to imagine that some members of the Roman Catholic clergy actively seek to be ordained a bishop, and even regard their path towards this office as an ecclesiastical “career.” St. Augustine regarded his ordination as a grave danger to . . . . Continue Reading »

An Almost Christian Fantasy

From the May 2001 Print Edition

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Knopf, 326 pages, $26 The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman Knopf, 326 pages, $26 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman Knopf, 518 pages, $19.95 The bestselling novels of J. K. Rowling have tempted many reviewers to divide publishing history in two”The Potter Era . . . . Continue Reading »

Separation Anxiety

From the October 1999 Print Edition

The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity.By Leon J. Podles.Spence. 350 pp. $27.95Leon Podles has his finger on something very important. A symptom of the problem Podles has discovered is this: men don’t like church. To be more precise, masculine men have a problem with Christianity, . . . . Continue Reading »