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In Revealing the Trinity, God Shows His Love to the World

Feast of the Holy Trinity The Book of Deuteronomy is the source of this feast’s first reading. Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Old Testament. It is one of […]

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The Joy of Being ‘Ordinary’

Across America, Memorial Day is traditionally seen as the beginning of summer, the time of year when many people begin their season of outdoor picnics, road trips, and vacations. Inside […]

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How to Handle the Transfer of Your Parish Priest

The transfer of a beloved priest often stirs deep emotions within a parish. Getting the news of a favorite priest’s reassignment can be disappointing and challenging. At the same time, […]

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Three Countercultural Promises of a Priest

In early June, I will ordain three men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota. Ordaining priests is the greatest privilege that I have as a bishop. Period. […]

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At Pentecost, Pray to Strengthen the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost This weekend, the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost. The Acts of the Apostles provides the first reading, the dramatic story of the first Pentecost. In this passage, the […]

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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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Finding Gratitude in What is Given

One morning, I was half-listening to National Public Radio as I quickly prepared for an appointment. Into the shower, grab the coffee, find the toothbrush, and in the midst of […]

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The Most Serious Miscalculation of All?

Physician-assisted suicide, according to its advocates, offers a good way to wrap up our life as we face extreme suffering. When we think we have reached the limit of what […]

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Through His Ascension, Christ Remains with Us

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Celebrating the feast of the Ascension of the Lord varies from place to place. In some places, this feast will have been celebrated […]

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Only a Human Can Tell the Truth

To be a Christian means, fundamentally, to have encountered Christ and to have allowed Him to change your life. Few understand the centrality of this personal and relational encounter with […]

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Afraid of Marian Apparitions? Take Another Look This May

Seven years ago this May, the Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima. To commemorate the event, Pope Francis visited Portugal, […]

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‘Father Justin’ Explains It All for You

Years ago, I remember a supermarket tabloid cover story about the Vatican creating a robot priest. The image on the cover was an R2D2 type of robot with a confessional […]