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Why I count myself blessed

As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by numbers. I add, subtract, multiply and divide, do square roots and other complex calculations, all in my head […]

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Take your bill and write 50

Every course in constitutional law begins with a discussion of Marbury v. Madison, an 1803 case that established the power of judicial review. Marbury struck down a federal statute that […]

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Your life is not about you, as illustrated in a biblical story

The Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that […]

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All peoples are called to faith in Christ

Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14:23-29 The Acts of the Apostles again provides the first reading for a weekend in the Easter season.  As Christianity grew, it not only expanded […]

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My sense, your nonsense

A friend of mine is threatening to run for office. His slogan will be “Stop the Nonsense.” I think it’s a slogan an increasing number of us could get behind. Nonsense […]

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Do you fear the right thing? 

In the wake of the COVID-19 explosion of fear, we do well to begin reflecting on fear. Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that […]

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The Virgin Mary is never alone

I once heard Mexican-American theologian Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, tell a story that has stayed with me for many years. Let me paraphrase. […]

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Following Jesus leads to eternal life in heaven

Fifth Sunday of Easter John 13:31-33a, 34-35 Once again in this Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles supplies the first reading for the Mass. It reports some of the […]

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A death we can be happy about

My husband’s grandfather, Leo Zawatsky, passed away just before Easter. He was 99 years old, a World War II veteran, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Dziadek, (“Dodju” or “grandfather” in […]

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Playing politics with the unborn

The essentially unprecedented leak of a draft of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on the night of May 2 has posed a singular challenge to one of […]

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A bias against children’s lives

Thirty years ago, my wife was 16 weeks pregnant with our third child. At a routine prenatal checkup, our doctor suddenly looked very concerned and said she couldn’t hear our […]

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‘Jesus is with us still’

Fourth Sunday Of Easter John 10:27-30 The Acts of the Apostles supplies the first reading. It gives a glimpse into the modus vivendi of St. Paul as he moved across […]