Every few days, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Media Relations sends reporters an email with the subject line "Five Things to Remember." They list various activities of the conference or highlight recent talks by bishops. The last item to remember is always "God loves you!" which is something we all need to remember. I am told that including this last item in every list of things to be remembered was the brainchild of Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, who watches over the USCCB from above now and is surely answering queries from the heavenly host.
The May employment report is better than expected. Politico has the story.
EWTN has not yet posted last night's interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, but they usually do sometime during the day on Friday. If you want to see a modern day version of Jesus confronting the Pharisees be sure to watch.
I am not much for collecting things. I have never felt the need for items that trigger memories, neither pictures nor other memorabilia. Some days, I forget what day it is or forget to bring my suit to the dry cleaners, but I can remember the moments and encounters of my life without the stimulation of a thing.
The Intermountain Catholic reports on Utah's farewell to its much beloved Archbishop John Wester who will be installed later today as the Archbishop of Santa Fe. The tears of sadness in Utah give way to tears of joy in New Mexico.
Yesterday, I linked to an article about former Sen. Rick Santorum’s comments on Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical on the environment.
At US Catholic, Steve Schneck, who directs the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies where I am a visiting fellow, writes on Catholic culture.
At Millennial, the editors pull 15 quotes from Cardinal Wuerl's pastoral letter on Catholic identity.
Yesterday, I offered a short review of Fr. Lou Cameli’s new book, The Archeology of Faith. As I noted, the text is permeated by a discerning, inquisitive examination of how the Christian faith had been passed down in the Cameli family from generation to generation, going back all the way to the pre-Christian era.
In one section, in which he considers the influence of St. Francis, Cameli discusses the fede retta, or honest faith, true faith, for which Francis prayed. He writes:
More Vatican pushback against the attempts of certain groups to attack the Vatican's conference on climate change, this time a letter from Margaret Archer, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
At RNS, Mark Silk on yesterday's Supreme Court decision on religious liberty.
To say that Fr. Lou Cameli’s new book, The Archeology of Faith: A Personal Exploration of How We Come to Believe, is charming would not be wrong, but it would be inadequate. Charm suggests an affectation, something on the surface, and it sometimes masks uglier motives. The Archeology of Faith has its charming moments, but it brings the reader deep into one man’s story of faith, which he traces back more than 2,000 years.
At Commonweal, Fr. Robert Imbelli reflects on "Trinitarian Communion" which is, of course, what it is ALL about.