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A meditation on time from an old hymn

My blog is usually posted in the evening at about 21:00 (9 p.m.) U.S. Eastern Time. But in Sydney, Australia, it is 1 in the afternoon of the following day. […]

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SOS for catechists in this pandemic

Nearly 11 million job opportunities remain unfilled in the United States of America. Take a stroll through downtown in your city or town; maybe walk by a small business or […]

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All those of honest faith are of God

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48  The Book of Numbers, the source of the first reading for this weekend, is one of the first five books of […]

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St. Junipero Serra, California’s fall guy

California’s legislature now has it in for St. Junípero Serra, who has long been considered the founding father of the Golden State. Authorities let an angry mob tear down the […]

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Learning all about Jesus

Over the summer, we took a family road trip to Pennsylvania, breaking in our new minivan by putting 4,000 miles on it in just under a month. As we drove […]

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How to live a meaningful life

Last week, I had the great good fortune to sit down for a Zoom interview with Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau and John Vervaeke. As I’m sure you know, Peterson, professor […]

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True discipleship is concerned with service to the poor

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:30-37  The Book of Wisdom furnishes the first reading for this weekend. This book was written in an effort to say that being faithful […]

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When our children leave the faith

Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none. Gallup reported earlier this […]

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Texas law an opportunity to address what abortion is and what it isn’t

Abortion is back in the national spotlight in a big way — and not just as a political football to be tossed around during a presidential campaign. The controversy surrounding […]

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The exorcistic effect of the word of God

Many often think of exorcism only in relation to driving out demons from possessed people using ancient prayers. But truth be told, we all have afflictions, oppressions, temptations and other […]

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Discipleship means denying oneself and taking up the cross

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 8:27-35  The last and third section of the Book of Isaiah provides the first reading for this weekend in Ordinary Time. This passage is […]

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Connecting communities in Christ

Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary here is a column provided to Catholic News Service.  By Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer Ever since Jesus told His […]