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Bread, wine and a Norway spruce: the sacramental life 

Before there were any buildings in Rockefeller Center, there was a Christmas tree.  At the peak of the Great Depression, construction workers hungering for holiday cheer pooled their money to […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Prepare for the day when all will be fulfilled

First Sunday of Advent Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36 With this first Sunday of Advent, the Church begins a new liturgical year. As such, the readings for the year to come […]

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Jesus walks

Any Christian who goes to Jerusalem will come away inspired by the experience of visiting a city where Jesus walked. Of course, as with all tourist sites, there is a […]

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Don’t miss out on Advent this year

Anyone who has ever had, or spent any time with children knows that the act of waiting isn’t a strong suit for that demographic. From the road trip cliché “Are […]

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A meditation on the dramatic battle in which we live

A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. Yet here we are living in the midst […]

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Bishop’s Advice for a Holy Advent: ‘Pray and Love’

With Advent, we begin a new liturgical year. The Latin word “Adventus” means “coming.” The meaning of Advent can be summed up in two words: “God comes.” God comes to […]

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The kingdom of the Almighty God has no end

Feast of Christ the King John 18:33b-37 This weekend, in great joy and thanksgiving, the Church closes its year. As it looks back through the days and months of 2021, […]

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The divine order of the world: Christ the King

“Don’t allow donkeys or elephants to make you forget that we belong to the Lamb of God!” was my favorite election time slogan last year. While political parties roared and […]

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Why equity, diversity and inclusivity are not absolute values

In the wake of the French Revolution, the triplet of “liberty, equality, fraternity” emerged as a moral compass for the secular society. Something similar has happened today in regard to […]

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This Advent, focus on presence, not presents

I ordered our matching Christmas pajamas in early October. Worried about supply chain issues and shipping delays, I picked the Nordic blue print we liked best and bought them 11 […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Son of Man will return with great power and glory

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 13:24-32 The Book of Daniel provides the first reading this weekend. Michael, the “great prince” of the angels, is the center of attention. He […]

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The miracle we share at every Mass

At their fall meeting, the bishops will have a chance to review, amend and vote on a draft statement titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the […]