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Wednesdays with Pope Francis: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In this catechesis series, Pope Francis teaches us about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is the second course in the “Wednesdays with Pope Francis” series. The first course was on the sacraments. This free resource includes no original content from WPI but rather organizes Pope Francis’s audiences into an easily accessible...

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Learn about the Triduum Liturgies with Father Patrick Lewis

In my conversations with the other contributors for Where Peter Is, both on the podcast and in personal conversation, we’ve frequently expressed our appreciation for the ingenuity and creativity of Catholics in coming up with ways to carry out ministry and evangelization, despite the physical limitations of our current situation. The speed with...

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Who Knows?

Those who work in the world of finance and investments are very familiar with this disclaimer that appears on countless documents and presentations: “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.” Investment professionals have an ethical obligation to ensure that their clients know there is no such thing as a “sure bet”...

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Easter People and the Fear of Death

We are in the midst of a world-changing pandemic, and many of our actions right now are governed by fear, for good reason. On some level, each of us fears the painful death that can result from being infected by this virus. There are many people currently lying in crowded hospital wards, suffocating,...

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Episode 2 of the Peter’s Field Hospital Podcast!

Episode 2 of Peter’s Field Hospital is up! In this episode, Dan Amiri, Paul Fahey, and I discuss this year’s unprecedented and unusual Holy Week, and how we can still make the most of most of this time, even without the sacraments. Next, we discussed the open letter to the US bishops, signed by...

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The disfigured crucifix: a museum faith or an Easter faith?

“The Crucifix bathed by the tears of Heaven, the Pope alone in the plaza” — Andrea Tornielli Vatican News Editorial March 28th, 2020 Recently, I wrote that the extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27 received a universally positive response, even among many of Pope Francis’ usual critics. However, since then, the...

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An Easter People, Even without the Sacraments

The other day I was told about one of my former RCIA candidates who was received into the Church a few years ago. He and his wife have a baby, and they had hoped to have their child baptized on Easter Sunday. Obviously, the pandemic threw off those plans. I’m not going to...

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Exercise the Priesthood This Holy Week

Public health precautions in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic have meant that Catholics around the globe are unable to be physically present at our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. Our dismay is completely justified. A confluence of factors has made this a truly unprecedented situation. Even without being personally affected by the...

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You, our readers, are extremely important to us. Without your loyalty and support, Where Peter Is would never have grown into what it is today. We are very grateful to all of you who have read and shared our articles, and who have promoted our site to your friends and families. For over...

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For the Domestic Church, a Paschal Hour

This Easter, due to the suspension of parish activity in the current crisis, will be much different than any most of us have ever experienced. Without in-person access to sacramental liturgy, many families are seeking ways to pray and worship within their homes during this most sacred time of year. I suggest that...

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Which Pope said this?

“Hence he whom the crowd acclaims [on Palm Sunday] as the blessed one is also he in whom the whole of humanity will be blessed.  Thus, in the light of Christ, humanity sees itself profoundly united and, as it were, enfolded within the cloak of divine blessing, a blessing that permeates, sustains, redeems...

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At every time and in every place

Millions of Catholics around the world are now facing the reality that they won’t be able to attend any Holy Week liturgies or receive Communion on Easter Sunday. The Triduum is one of my favorite times of the year. I love getting caught up in community and rituals and the stories of God...

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Criticizing the Critics

In a recent piece for National Review, Francis X. Maier (a long-time advisor to recently retired Archbishop Charles J. Chaput) presents an argument against the “derisive and condescending” dismissal by Pope Francis’s supporters of his critics. Maier even suggests that to disregard “people who voice their concerns respectfully, from conviction,” violates the pope’s...

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Love In the Time of Coronavirus

I have increasingly had the feeling that I’m reaching a breaking point. In this current crisis of health, wealth, and love of neighbor, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. Maybe you’re feeling it too, and asking yourself: Am I doing enough? Am I doing anything? Am I staying healthy? Sane?...

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Loneliness Today, Part VII: Going into the Desert

Initially, this installment of “Loneliness Today” was going to be about either the loneliness faced by parish priests (who, in the age of COVID-19, I’m sure miss public celebrations of the Mass just as much as we do) or the loneliness of the “nuclear family” in navigating a society where adult friendships and...

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New Podcast! Peter’s Field Hospital, Episode 1

Yesterday I got together with Paul Fahey and Dan Amiri to discuss Pope Francis’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi ceremony and how it has been received. We also talked about the need for respect for the lives of the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We concluded with a discussion of the Church’s pastoral response...

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Contra Viral Genocide

First Things has published several articles in the past few weeks dismissing the attempts by churches and governments to reign in the COVID–19 pandemic, suggesting they are overreactions. In R.R. Reno and Bioethics of a Pandemic, Dr. Pedro Gabriel addresses these articles from the perspective of a medical doctor and in light of...

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Urbi et Orbi: Meeting the real Pope Francis

Last Friday’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing received a very positive reception. Most Catholics on social media, even many who are usually critical of Pope Francis, praised the ceremony as a much-needed beacon of hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we now face. The strength imparted by the pope’s homily, which...

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This Is the New Normal

Six months ago, my unborn son died. He was 22 weeks old. My wife and I are still grieving him and, if we are honest, we will grieve him for the rest of our lives. I don’t mean, of course, that we will be sad every day for the rest of our lives....

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Which Pope said this?

“Dear brothers and sisters, elderly friends! In a world like this which often makes a myth of strength and power, it is your mission to witness to the values which truly count, going beyond appearances, and which endure forever because they are engraved on the heart of every human being and guaranteed by...