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Courage in the Slough of Despond 

I never took a class from historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook — “History is an antidote for despair” — […]

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‘It’s Fun to Be Catholic’

“You taught me that being Catholic can be fun.” Veteran catechist and retired TV sportscaster Gary Montgomery nearly fell to the floor when he read that line in a note […]

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What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask

The Collect (opening prayer) for last week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we […]

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God’s word challenges us to be attached to Jesus, and Him alone

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:17-30 The Book of Wisdom is the source of the first reading. This book came to be centuries ago, as devout Jews, distant from […]

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In praise of middle children

There’s something new to worry about these days: the disappearance of the middle child. One of the side effects of shrinking family size is that middle children are disappearing. With […]

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A new apologetics: Bishop Barron’s youth synod intervention

NOTE: On Oct. 4, Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Jesus’ encounter with two erstwhile disciples on […]

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Plea from the brokenhearted

At the opening of the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said, “You are right to be heartbroken.” Much attention by Church leaders, as it […]

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Marriage is a manifestation of the kingdom of God

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:2-16 The Book of Genesis is the source of the first reading for this weekend. Among the first five books of the Bible, Genesis […]

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Pursuing less to live more: the grace of enough

Haley Stewart stared at the publish button and froze. It’s nerve-wracking to announce big news, and this, in particular, had the potential to raise eyebrows. The title of the blog […]

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Valuing truth over faction

Confirmation of a new justice for the U.S. Supreme Court has been halted, at least temporarily, by an accusation that the nominee when 17 years old tried to force himself […]

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‘It has been an honor to be a physician and see miracles like this’

I would like to tell you a story about one of my all-time favorite patients. This happened many years ago. Only a few people in my family and a few […]

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Only that which is of the Holy Spirit endures

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 The Book of Numbers, the source of the first reading for this weekend, is one of the first five books of […]