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The ever-present totalitarian temptation

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel’s brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, “The Power of the Powerless,” retains its salience four decades later. It should be required […]

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I know your vocation in life!

One of the privileges we have as seminarians is going to school visits with either high school or grade school students. It is always a lot of fun to answer […]

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In the winter of faith, keep working

As I write this, it is midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere. Like each season, winter has its time, its three months. To many of us, there seems to be a […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The blessed are those who trust on the Lord

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 6:17, 20-26 For its first reading, this weekend’s liturgy presents a selection from the Book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah must have been intense in his […]

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Sudden cardiac death in the young

I was once called, “stat,” to the emergency room to see a 17-year-old young man who collapsed while playing a pickup football game with friends at a local high school. […]

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Encountering the gaze of the Father

Like too many people in a post-fall world, I am someone with a deep father wound that, despite the immense love I have been surrounded with throughout my life, results […]

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What everybody didn’t know

When the Pennsylvania grand jury issued its report last August chronicling the sexual abuse cases in six Pennsylvania dioceses, everybody thought they knew the whole story. After all, this was […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘The beautiful lady’

It was 161 years ago today, on Feb. 11, 1858, that the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto of Massabielle near the village […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Each person who hears the word of Christ has a holy task

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 5:1-11 The Book of Isaiah is the source of the first reading this weekend. It was composed in a time when tranquility prevailed in […]

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The internet and Satan’s game

By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native […]

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A more human society

Building a wall against life

In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a “historic victory for New Yorkers,” New York has passed what may be the nation’s most extreme and irresponsible abortion law. Andrea Miller, president […]

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Adventure by Catholic terms: ‘You were made for greatness’ 

All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant […]