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The Sunday Gospel

Those who fear the Lord will be welcomed at the heavenly banquet

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:14-30 The Book of Proverbs provides this weekend’s first reading. This book was composed when the Holy Land and the lives of its inhabitants […]

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Miracle in Fayetteville

Two years ago, I wrote a column about my first-born daughter, Amanda, and her struggles with a devastating neurological disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Of all the articles I […]

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Making peace with the metronome

The metronome is an instrument that makes the “click-clack, click-clack” sound as it swings its arm to keep tempo for musicians. It could be the companion to great musicianship or, […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Those who believe will rise again, with the Lord

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:1-13 The Book of Wisdom supplies the first reading for this weekend. The title of the book itself teaches a lesson. As centuries passed, […]

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A more human society

No greater love

President Donald Trump often says things that invite criticism. So I’m puzzled when his critics bother to attack even his more innocent remarks. The president is charged with insensitivity for […]

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No baby, but still giving thanks

Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. “I’d be in an antique store buying little trinkets for the wedding decorations, and I would be asking […]

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A challenge in Vancouver

Outside Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, Canada, is an unusual statue. It sits just outside the entrance to the church. If you are walking into the church, you approach it […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The Meaning and Value of Suffering

The following is the text of the homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades at the Holy Hour with Young Adults on November 8th at Our Lady of Good Hope Church in […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God calls us to greatness, through humility and service

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 23:1-12 The Book of Malachi provides this weekend’s first reading. The prophet’s name, Malachi, reveals his role. In Hebrew it means “messenger of God.” […]

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Which reformation? What reform?

Despite the formulation you heard before and after the Oct. 31 quincentenary of Luther’s 95 theses, there was no single “Reformation” to which the Catholic “Counter-Reformation” was the similarly univocal […]

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Harvey Weinstein’s not alone

Harvey Weinstein is a pig. It’s not language I would normally use in a column, but the cascade of revelations about his treatment of women and men, most particularly his […]

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Human formation: A fraternity, not a frat

Human formation, one of the four dimensions of seminary life and the foundation for the other three, speaks to the reality that, within the seminary, we live as men in […]