Author: Daniel Amiri

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Selfless Love and the Theology of the Body

In commemoration of the 100th birthday of St. John Paul II, I wanted to reflect briefly on one aspect of his teaching, the monumental “Theology of the Body.” Presented in a series of 129 Wednesday Audiences proclaimed to the lay...

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Hope, not Stoicism, is the Christian’s response

I lost someone I love. There are simply no words to describe how devastating this has been. I am no stranger to the topic of grief in my writings. The one experience that keeps coming back to me during the...

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The State of Social Media Theology

Aristotle opened Metaphysics with a simple statement: “All men by nature desire to know.” 2,500 years later, the question we face today–in a culture where we are continuously bombarded with information–is whether this desire can be tempered and directed toward...

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Wednesdays with Pope Francis: The Church

In this catechesis series, Pope Francis teaches us about the Church. This is the third course in the “Wednesdays with Pope Francis” series. The first course was on the sacraments. The second course was on the gifts of the Holy...

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Grasping at the Common Good

What will our world look like when this experiment in liberalism comes to an end? I am not asking this hypothetically. The reality is that once-democratic societies around the globe are increasingly eschewing the principles of liberalism in order to...

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The Plans of St. Thomas

The Gospel reading for the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, tells the story of “Doubting Thomas.” I was grateful for the reminder that Saint Thomas was late to the game (so to speak) not just by a day...

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The Outsider: The Story of an Embattled Pope

Book review of Pope Francis and His Battle to Reform the Church Christopher Lamb Orbis Books   Of all the books I’ve read about the Francis pontificate — for, against or neutral — Christopher Lamb’s latest contribution was certainly the...

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Work Is for Man: A Commentary on UBI

Author’s Note: This article borrows heavily from my 2018 response to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith’s Oeconomicae et Pecnuniariae Quaestiones. This updated and rewritten article incorporates more recent ideas and examples. The conversation on Universal Basic Income...

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The Pope’s Easter Vigil Homily: A Life-Giving Hope

In the days leading up to this Easter, Pope Francis has frequently reminded us of the necessity of Christian hope. Hope is vital to the Christian life. Pope Benedict wrote about hope at length in his encyclical Spe Salvi, and...

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Printable Resource – Prayer of Spiritual Communion

During the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis has been leading the faithful at the end of his daily masses in a prayer for Spiritual Communion, prior to Eucharistic Adoration. There are two prayers that he has used, one written by St....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Now the Elderly Need a Pro-Life Movement

Over the last several decades, those in the pro-life community have fought tooth and nail for the rights of unborn children. We are convicted of their inherent dignity and value. The energy and passion that swells in the pro-life movement...

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Adding a New Resource: Wednesdays with Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s Wednesday audiences follow “cycles” or “series” in which Francis provides an extended catechesis on a subject, such as the Sacraments, the Family, or the Church. We are compiling these audiences into “courses,” so that while we are all...

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What Shared Suffering Means for Healthcare, Hoarders and Price Gougers

The economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis will be felt for some time, even after the current lockdown is over. In response to the threat posed by the rapid spread of the virus, governments, churches, and businesses have been enforcing...

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An Invisible Communion

The world is currently facing a pandemic that has the potential to kill millions of people and permanently change the way we live. Not surprisingly, many employers, in efforts to promote “social distancing,” are transitioning to largely virtual office settings,...

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Yes to Social Distancing, No to Individualism

As the coronavirus spreads around the globe and here in the United States, many organizations and governments have begun to shut down or limit public gatherings. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump have cancelled political rallies; NCAA basketball games...

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Accompaniment as Antidote

Over the course of Pope Francis’s papacy, but particularly after the promulgation of Amoris Laetitia, some Catholics have expressed angst over what Pope Francis means when he calls for “accompaniment,” a term he uses whenever he describes ministering to those...

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