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A hundred love letters

In a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Cutter chronicled the death of her father by suicide. As he struggled with rapidly progressing prostate cancer, he lost more […]

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Integrity: To whom does it matter?

On Fat Tuesday, I gave a talk titled, “Business as a Force for Good.” A gentleman from the back haltingly raised a question, “What would you do when all your […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Christ Jesus brings life and immortality to light

Second Sunday of Lent Matthew 17:1-9 As its name implies, Genesis reveals the divine origin of life and Almighty God’s plan in the forming of the Hebrew race. First and […]

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Fearfully and wonderfully made

One of the most common fears my patients have expressed over the years is getting Alzheimer’s disease. I watched my own mother steadily deteriorate for 10 years until she no […]

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St. Joseph, model of a good and holy family man

A river. A road. A county. A hospital, bank and parishes, too: a medical system, a valley, parks and many schools. All of these places, organizations and businesses are named […]

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A more human society

The Catch-22 for religious freedom

I’ll always remember reading “Catch-22,” Joseph Heller’s novel about what he saw as the absurdities of war. In Heller’s account, enlisted men trying to escape those absurdities encountered ingenious military […]

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On the need for moderation, even in learning

A while back in the Community in Mission blog found at blog.adw.org, I reflected on the puzzling truth that we can endure more pain than pleasure. We seem to be […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus gives us the strength to overcome temptation

First Sunday of Lent Matthew 4:1-11 The first reading for this first weekend of Lent is from the Book of Genesis. Few passages in the Scriptures are as abundant in […]

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Thank goodness it’s Friday

In the U.S., Fridays are marked by festivity, feasting, partying and partaking in every physical comfort the Western world has to offer. No other day of the week has a […]

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The inconveniently necessary Lent

I don’t like Lent. I don’t like the color. I’m much more a green-and-white than a purple-and-gray type of gal. I don’t like the music. Everything is in a minor […]

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Women and men: the odds

When we first began having grandchildren, they were roughly evenly divided between boys and girls. But the past 14 in a row have been girls. What are the odds? In […]

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The Sunday Gospel

If we follow God’s law out of love for Him, we act fittingly

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:38-48 The first reading is from the Book of Leviticus, one of the five books of the Pentateuch, the Torah, the basic revelation by […]