Father Patrick Briscoe

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National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Brings Jesus to NYC

We stepped carefully down the labyrinth of gangplanks and docks in New York Harbor. A drizzling rain and clouds obscured the city’s magnificent skyline as we made for the boat. […]

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Russell Brand’s Baptism Reveals the Urgent Need for Tradition

I would never have guessed comedian Russell Brand would be defending Christianity on Instagram, but here we are. The actor’s journey to Christianity led him to share with his millions […]

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No, Richard Dawkins, Cultural Christianity Is Not Enough

In a striking turn of events, renowned atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins recently declared himself a “cultural Christian” during an interview with Rachel S. Johnson of LBC. Dawkins’ declaration […]

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From the Cross to the Resurrection with three Marys

Venerable Fulton Sheen once wrote, “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.” None of us can understand the joy of Easter without […]

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How a Lenten Climb Up Tepayac Hill Leads to Christ

I should have been more prepared for the altitude. I knew Mexico City’s elevation had been a concern during the organization of Pope Benedict’s 2012 trip to the country. (Many […]

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We Can Be More Merciful Without Courting Sacrilege

Controversy erupted surrounding the funeral of transgender activist Cecilia Gentili, which was hosted at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City. Roughly 1,000 mourners turned out for the memorial for […]

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Is Hell Empty? I Think Not, but I Hope I’m Wrong

Sometimes you hope to be wrong. For example: A good friend from college seminary discerned out of formation and began to pursue a relationship with a young woman. I didn’t […]

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Remembering, and Missing, Pope Benedict XVI

A year out from his death, I dearly miss Pope Benedict XVI. He was the pope of my coming of age. The generation of priests above me feel this way about […]

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Pray the Breastplate of St. Patrick at the Manger

Of all the things and people to be present at the birth of Jesus Christ, there were shepherds! I probably would have been more surprised if there were not shepherds. […]

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This Advent, Echo John the Baptist: ‘Behold the Lamb!’

I often think of John the Baptist at one particularly dramatic moment during Mass. John is the forerunner, the one who gives testimony. “I am not the Messiah,” John says […]

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Destroying Father Rupnik’s Art, Restoring Trust, Living the Gospel

Last December, when news started to come to light about the “very highly credible” accusations of abuses committed by former Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik, I cautioned against removing his art. In […]

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Following the Saints or Followed by the Saints?

We like to think we follow the saints, but sometimes the saints follow us. As I walked home from class in Tours, France, I had an irresistible urge to explore […]