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The Sunday Gospel

Rejoice in the Lord, the one whom John the Baptist foretold

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3:10-18 An atmosphere of delighted expectation overtakes this weekend’s liturgy. It is Gaudete Sunday, a name taken from the Latin rendition of the first word […]

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Ecclesial déjà vu all over again

After a surprise derailment by the Vatican of a long-awaited vote of the U.S. bishops, tempers were frayed. “I feel frustrated,” said one powerful cardinal. An influential archbishop added, “The […]

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Being open to God’s future

By Sister Mary Jo Nelson Being open to God’s future “There is an appointed time for everything …A time to plant and a time to uproot the plantA time to tear […]

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The challenge of John Chau

Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated […]

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Christmas movies to brighten the spirit

WASHINGTON — The following movies have been evaluated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops according to artistic merit and moral suitability. The reviews include the USCCB rating, the Motion Picture […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Joy and peace prevail where Jesus reigns

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 The Book of Baruch, the source of this Advent’s weekend first biblical reading, is relatively brief, only five chapters. It also is among the […]

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On the loss of faith as a cause of our current crisis

In the Liturgy of the Hours last week, we read a remarkable (sic) attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

O Mary, Conceived without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee

The following is a portion of a homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades at the annual Mass for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of South Bend on Nov. 27. Today […]

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A more human society

Inspiration from the comics

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.” Thus wrote political humorist Bill Maher on the […]

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Managing grief during the holidays

It’s sometimes hard to face reality, especially when reality includes difficult, dark emotions we aren’t used to feeling. Grief often crashes upon our hearts in uncomfortable waves, seemingly out of […]

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Growing in holiness this Advent

People can seem a little self-obsessed nowadays, with our endless selfies and social media posts. But during the season of Advent, the Church asks us to look at ourselves in […]

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Abortion funding – cutting off the blood supply

Americans have long been disturbed by the fraud and waste that often surrounds the federal government’s use of their tax dollars. They now have further reason to be up in […]