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The Sunday Gospel

All nations are invited to know the Messiah

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 This weekend the Church invites us to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, one of the most revered […]

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‘It’s no use reasoning with you!’

Have you had arguments in which the other person would not concede your point, no matter how many compelling facts and reasons you brought to bear? That is most common […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The shining example of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Following is the homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades on the Feast of the Holy Family, Dec. 31, 2017: On this first Sunday after Christmas, while we are still immersed in […]

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On cracked knuckles and self-care: a resolution for 2018

The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: Get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, […]

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The Sunday Gospel

A model for our own Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:22-40 (A selection of readings is possible for this feast.  These comments refer to one set of readings.) The Church always celebrates the Sunday […]

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Repeat after me

The Supreme Court heard arguments this month in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case about whether the government can make a Christian baker design a cake celebrating […]

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A plea for our fellow Catholics

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. This Advent, imagine that you and your family lose […]

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The ‘bitter pill’ of false liberation

A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all […]

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The Sunday Gospel

David’s kingship is fulfilled: To God be the glory

Fourth Sunday of Advent Reading: Luke 1:26-38 The first reading for this weekend is from the Second Book of Samuel. Once the two Books of Samuel were a single volume. […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Prepare the way for the Messiah, the Son of the God in whom we rejoice

Third Sunday of Advent John 1:6-8, 19-28 This weekend the Church celebrates “Gaudete” Sunday, the name coming from the opening word of the Entrance Antiphon. In Latin, “gaudete” means “to […]

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The risks of overusing antibiotics

When penicillin was first discovered in 1928 it was a godsend for patients and physicians. Thousands of lives were saved by successful treatment of serious bacterial infections. Now we have […]

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Pinpricks of Light

I had a dream last night. It was just a brief moment, almost like a page in a storybook. In the dream, a husband and wife were lying in bed […]