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Laetare Sunday: Finding Joy in Suffering

By Fr. Scott Borgman

Dear Friends, on this Sunday dedicated to Joy, our unique Catholic experience with Redemptive Suffering reminds us that our experience with the Cross reminds us that our Redemption is near. Traditionally the fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare Sunday from the opening antiphon...

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The Call To Be A Saint

By Francis X. Maier

Georges Bernanos, author of the novel, Diary of a Country Priest, was one of the truly great Catholic writers of the last century: brash, simple, and moving.  He ignored the theologically puffed up,  loved the everyday believer, and that’s for whom he wrote.  But he did it with...

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Principled Entrepreneurship In a Time of Woke Capitalism

By Christine Warner & Stephen Auth

Corporate social responsibility is standard and expected in business today. Organizations rally around environmental, social, and governance issues to activate change. But it wasn’t always this way. For decades, scholars, Church leaders, and others have been asking businesses to be more ethic...

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Always the Era of the Saints

By Francis X. Maier

Originally posted in First Things There’s a natural human tendency to attach magic powers to slogans, which then replace serious thought and effort. A good example from my generation’s youth was the dopey “war is over if you want it,” peddled by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Yes, we sti...

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Pope Francis’s Respectful Critics Deserve Better Than Scorn

By Francis X. Maier

Originally posted in the National Review I first experienced Rome in 1971 on my honeymoon, visiting my wife’s uncle, a priest who served for a decade at the Vatican, with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. What I remember most vividly is a Fellini-esque evening performance of Ai...

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Updates on COVID-19 from Tim Busch

By Timothy R. Busch, Founder of the Napa Institute

Dear Friends of Napa Institute, My prayers are with you in these trying times.  The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) crisis has touched so many lives, both with illness and hardship.  We must pray for and support the most vulnerable among us.    The response to this crisis, whil...

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