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Meet the almost-100-year-old priest who knew St. Maximilian Kolbe...

Franciscan Father Lucjan Krolikowski’s recollections are sharp and vivid — as the grip of his handshake is strong. And for a priest who’s about to reach the century mark, equally strong is the joy he radiates in all he does. When told he doesn’t look like he’s going to be 100, he answers, “I don’t feel like it!” With a lighthearted acceptance in his voice...

An astonishing miracle of Divine Mercy at Auschwitz...

I have visited Auschwitz only once. It is not a place to which I wish to return any time soon. Although that visit was many years ago, Auschwitz is a place one does not forget. Whether it is the large silent rooms with glass screens, behind which lie the stacked remains of the confiscated clothes and luggage, spectacles and identity cards or (worse still) the extracted teeth or hair from the inmates of that concentration camp; or...

A lament on the shrinking of summer...

Not so long ago the middle of August was still a lazy time to enjoy the last few days of summer. It used to be that Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer—not so much any more in more places for more and more people. The erosion of summer is driven mainly by the start of school. I have watched with sadness as the school year seems to begin earlier and earlier and earlier...

‘With El Paso a line has been crossed in our nation...’...

All week long, I’ve been praying and reflecting on the mass shootings in California, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. El Paso hit me in a personal way. My family is Mexican and American, and we trace our roots back to the early 1800s in what is now Texas; I lived much of my adult life there, including my five years as Archbishop of San Antonio...

The story of Hosea is both difficult and beautiful...

In the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours last week we read from the Book of the Prophet Hosea. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also God’s passionate love for us. This is particularly important today as there has been so much discussion about divorce and “remarriage...