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Physician, heal thyself

The Catholic Medical Association convened its 88th annual educational conference recently in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the second time I have attended the national conference, and my bride accompanied me […]

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Invest for a clean economy

This essay is the third and final installment on the Vatican’s dialogue on “The Energy Transition and Care of Our Common Home.” It describes the second of two statements signed […]

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Discernment and ‘the real’

I was speaking recently with a colleague and friend of mine at the seminary regarding discernment, and he shrewdly pointed out that no one discerns — or even should consider […]

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In Christ, there is life and joy after death

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 20:27-38 This weekend, observed by the Church as the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, has as its first reading a section from the Second […]

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Pushing back against evil

During a recent speech in Texas, I mentioned that “Drag Queen Story Hours” are being sponsored by local public libraries across the country. Toddlers and kids are brought in and […]

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The fleeing nones

I grew up in a family of seven kids, which I considered a midsized Catholic brood. I knew families that could field entire baseball and even football teams. As a […]

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It’s far harder to love

The kid was tired, rubbing his eyes with tiny fists, lips quivering as tears began to well up because he couldn’t get comfortable. Who can, really? Airplanes aren’t designed for […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord searches out and saves what is lost

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 19:1-10 The Book of Wisdom provides this weekend’s first reading. An essential component in ancient Hebrew belief, and contemporary Jewish thought as well, is […]

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Historical clarity, today’s contentions

One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists, especially integralists, and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing the […]

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The beauty of inner silence in a tango

At a past gathering at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish here in Washington, D.C., there was a demonstration of different dance styles. One of our young adults, Lola, is a student […]

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Are there still unalienable rights?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord God judges justly and affirms what is right

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 18:9-14 The Book of Sirach provides this weekend’s first Scriptural reading. The book is part of that group of biblical writings classified by scholars […]