Scott Richert

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Walking with St. Francis in Assisi

Fourteen meetings in six days may be a very efficient way to use one’s time, but perhaps it is not the best way to enjoy Italy. Landing in Rome on […]

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Don’t Weaponize the Blessing of Couples

What would you do if you saw a fellow Catholic walk over to a holy water font, pull out a squirt gun, fill it up with holy water, and begin […]

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A Powerful Advent Lesson on Delayed Gratification

When my sisters and I were young, my mother would spend all Advent baking cookies and making candy. That may hardly seem remarkable; after all, countless millions of Christmas cookies […]

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Why We Need to Cultivate a Eucharistic Worldview

“The one who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Rv 21:5). In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, just before the distribution of holy […]

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Doubting Thomas, Science, and the Point of Eucharistic Knowledge

Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (Jn 20:29). A recent OSV News […]

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Becoming the Mystery Through the Eucharist

Reading “My Son Carlo: Carlo Acutis Through the Eyes of His Mother” (recently released in English translation by OSV), I came across a passage from Carlo’s own writings: “Like creation, […]

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An Imaginative Awakening

One reason to travel, either literally or through reading, is to break out of the everyday habits of the mind that prevent us from seeing the world in a different […]

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When God opens doors

When a door opens before you, do you walk through? I’m not talking about metaphorical doors, but actual physical doors. Maybe the kind that are triggered by a sensor, or […]

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Why I count myself blessed

As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by numbers. I add, subtract, multiply and divide, do square roots and other complex calculations, all in my head […]

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Playing politics with the unborn

The essentially unprecedented leak of a draft of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on the night of May 2 has posed a singular challenge to one of […]

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The cross is enough

Without Good Friday, there is no Easter Sunday. Without the Cross, there is no empty tomb. Without humility, there is no glory. Christianity, as writers from the New Testament on […]

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A mess of our own making

Every parent has heard his or her child cry out in the night and rushed to find out what is wrong. “There’s a monster in the corner!” your daughter says, […]