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Digital detox: how to guard the mind and slow the pace 

It was time. Time to get away, to unplug, to finally write that novel. Time to prove he could resist the barrage of texts and tweets, news and notifications in […]

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Why did Christ’s glorified body still have wounds?

Several of the Resurrection accounts stress that Jesus showed the disciples His wounds. On one level, we can understand that He was trying to make clear to them that the […]

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A pro-life witness from the young ones in the roost

Once again this spring, our family is blessed to be preparing to welcome another member. As we get closer to D-Day (B-Day?), every “third child” stereotype is playing out in […]

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Peter’s commission becomes our commission

Third Sunday of Easter John 21:1-19 Again this weekend, the Church presents as its first reading for liturgy in Eastertime a passage from the Acts of the Apostles.  The mere […]

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Why culture was healthier when Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers were around

When I was a kid, it was a bit of a rite of passage in my family to receive permission to stay up late enough to watch Johnny Carson’s monologue on […]

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Dehumanizing one another                  

A female sharpshooter nicknamed “Lady Death” has recently become a Ukrainian folk hero for defiantly attacking Russian soldiers undercover. The young markswoman fought for several years in eastern Ukraine against Kremlin-backed […]

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The squeakiest wheels and the rest of us

What if there are not one but two chasms that divide Americans today? One chasm separates the reds and blues, the ideologically conservative and the ideologically progressive. This is the […]

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Providence and vocation found in ‘Father Stu’

Mark Wahlberg’s new film “Father Stu” is one of the most theologically interesting films to come out in a long time. It considers some of the thorniest and most puzzling themes in the sacred […]

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When your time is up, how would you want to exit this world?

On July 25 of last year, the Church celebrated the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It was a fitting addition to the life of the Church by […]

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Palms and ashes

My wife has a Palm Sunday habit of weaving her palm into the shape of a cross. I keep mine straight and tuck it behind the crucifix in our kitchen. […]

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Easter: The most overwhelming event in human history

Following is the homily preached by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at Easter Sunday Mass (April 17, 2022) at St. Pius X Church in Granger: Today we celebrate the most overwhelming […]

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Jesus’ resurrection and our answering call

Feast of the resurrection of the Lord John 20:1-9 The Liturgy of the Word for the Easter Vigil is unsurpassed in its power and magnificence among all the feasts of […]