Failing to Make Choices in Life Hinders Divine Plan

I wonder if I could find a text that would reveal more powerfully the unique importance of every person. Each of us is called by God to cooperate with God’s creative act and providential presence by contributing our own unique free choices. Every single one of us has a place in God’s plan. To refuse to freely choose when choice is called for in God’s plan is to fail to fulfill our role in God’s providence.

Reality of the Absolute

Dear Editor: Congratulations to Father Lauder on his recent column, “Temptation to Relativism.”

Insights of Father Lauder

Dear Editor: I write to thank The Tablet for publishing, and Father Robert Lauder for writing, his recent series of insightful and delightful columns about David Brooks’ important book, “The Road to Character.” I enjoyed reading that book and learned a lot from Father Lauder’s illuminating essays.

Father Lauder’s Friday Film Festival

Elia Kazan’s “Pinky” (1949), starring Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters and William Lundigan, is this week’s featured film in Father Robert Lauder’s 52nd Friday Film Festival at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. The diocesan Office of Faith Formation, School of Evangelization co-sponsors the festival.

Father Lauder on YouTube

Dear Editor: For those of us who have enjoyed Father Robert Lauder’s column in The Tablet over the years, there is a special treat on YouTube under the heading “Robert Lauder, the Mystery of Love.”

Father Lauder Hosts 50th Friday Film Festival

Father Robert Lauder and the Office of Faith Formation, School of Evangelization will present the 50th Friday Film Festival in Douglaston, on six Fridays, starting Sept. 11.

Great Stories Influence Us

I do admit to loving movies, to having been deeply influenced by some great ones and to believing that film is a relatively untapped treasure among Catholics, a treasure that can provide insight into self, neighbor and even to God.

Fr. Robert Lauder

Practicing to Disengaged: Young Catholics and The Church

Late last year, I spent an evening at The Catholic Worker House, 55 East Third St. in Manhattan. I usually invite myself over to The Worker once a year to give a lecture. Whenever I go, I hope that I will have something to say that interests the 50 or 60 people who might attend. On […]

Tablet TALK

This week’s Tablet TALK recognizes five local priests who have been installed as Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, invites readers to several upcoming talks, including one featuring Tablet columnist Father Robert Lauder, and much more…

Comedy with Substance, Dignity and Value

On Friday, Oct. 24, a new film, “St. Vincent,” will open in this country. I suspect that it will be a big hit. In fact, its star, Bill Murray, may even be nominated for an Academy Award.