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Can we disagree less disagreeably?

St. Paul was no shrinking violet when it came to arguing his position. Yet in the Letter to the Ephesians, he urges his readers to “to live in a manner […]

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On being a fool for Christ

In the first reading from Thursday of the 22nd week of the year, St. Paul writes: “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by […]

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Confusion and conflict on abortion

We know what major opinion polls tell us about abortion. Americans are about evenly divided in being “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Many think it’s wrong but should be a woman’s choice. […]

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Being part of Christ’s body, the Church, can include correction

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 18:15-20 For the first reading this weekend, the Church gives us a passage from the ancient Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel’s name in Hebrew, in […]

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The wonders of physical therapy

The important role of physical therapy in the evaluation and treatment of many conditions is not always fully appreciated by physicians and patients alike. Physical therapists have consistently shown me […]

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Theology of home: an invitation to reclaim what matters most

The color-coded books caught my eye.  It’s become one of my favorite flourishes in interior design, one that always stops me in my Instagram scrolling. And here it was, on […]

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The Book of Exodus and why coming back to Mass matters

In connection with an academic project of mine, I’ve recently been poring over the book of Exodus and numerous commentaries thereupon. The second most famous book of the Old Testament […]

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Our reward awaits if we follow Jesus even unto death

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 16:21-27 The Book of Jeremiah provides this weekend’s first reading. Jeremiah was the son of a priest, Hilkiah, and therefore of the priestly caste. […]

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Post-graduation lessons from the plague year

It seems as if there are two kinds of graduation narratives for what happens after young collegians toast each other with one last Natty Light or hard seltzer, flip their […]

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Caught, not taught

“Mom, you too slow. I do it.” The almost 3-year-old began to say the Hail Mary, complete with a little head bow at the name Jesus and a profoundly loud […]

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Tragedies in human medical experimentation

Between 1932 and 1972, a series of highly unethical medical studies were performed on a group of 400 African Americans by doctors from the U.S. Public Health Service. Officially referred […]

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Faith allows us to see who Jesus is

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 16:13-20 The first section of the Book of Isaiah provides this weekend with its first reading. The author of this section of Isaiah lived […]