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The welcome outreach of perinatal hospice

During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may tell them that their unborn child has […]

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The Sunday Gospel

If we are in the Lord, those who fight against us will not prevail

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 4:21-30 The Book of Jeremiah is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Regarded as one of the major Hebrew prophets because of the […]

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The Human Condition

The full implications of our adoption by grace

It is an article of Catholic faith that, through the regenerating grace of baptism, we are made sons and daughters of God. What Jesus, is by nature, proclaimed by the […]

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One man’s meat

One of our girls gave me a book for Christmas, “One Man’s Meat,” by E.B. White. We agreed to start a little book club, just the two of us — […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

World Youth Day in Panama

Our diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama was a beautiful journey of faith under the motherly mantle of Mary, whose response to God’s call was the theme of […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Salvation, unfolding in Jesus, is the gift of God’s love

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 1:1-14, 4:14-21 The Book of Nehemiah furnishes the first reading for this weekend. At one time, in the Hebrew editions of the Bible, this […]

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Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published “The Children of Men.” Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had […]

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Lay collaboration and episcopal authority

The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip and speculation at the best of times — and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of […]

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Our most primal fear

At Mass for Wednesday of the first week of the year, we read a text from Hebrews that describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘Let it be done to me according to your word:’ World Youth Day

The following is the homily given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to World Youth Day pilgrims in Panama City, Panama, on Jan. 20. We begin our World Youth Day pilgrimage […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Mary shows us how to follow and trust the Lord

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 2:1-11 The Book of Isaiah furnishes this weekend’s first reading. When this third section of Isaiah was written, the Hebrew people had just emerged […]

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Mindsets for growth

During the new year, many of us adopt new resolutions to improve ourselves. I suggest that we first take a step back to connect with mindsets that drive us to […]