8. Leah Libresco

LEAH-LIBRESCO

A quote from Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia — “It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong” — ended the post in which atheist-turned-Catholic blogger and Yale University student Leah Libresco, then 22, announced her startling conversion to Catholicism in 2012. The quote is emblematic of the […]

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Daily Training and “The Catechesis of Conversion”

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As an athlete must train every day to achieve his goals, so too the life of a Christian is to be marked by a constant effort, a “daily task” of making room for God, to “open the door” to the gift of salvific grace. Pope Francis offered a reflection marked by Pauline thought during the […]

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On Hypocrisy vs. Heart-felt Action: “Exterior expressions are the consequence of what we have decided in the heart”

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The Gospel of this Sunday presents a dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes. The discussion refers to the “tradition of the elders” (Mark 7:3), which Jesus, citing the Prophet Isaiah, defines as “human precepts.” And [saying] that they should never take the place of the “commandments of God.” The ancient prescriptions in question […]

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