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Human formation and becoming a bridge

One of the titles for a pope that I have always found interesting is “Pontifex Maximus.” This title is translated to “the greatest bridge-builder.” I, of course, have never seen […]

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We need not — and should not — rely solely on ourselves

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matt. 14:22-33 The First Book of Kings is the source of this weekend’s first reading. The two books of Kings highlight the kings of the […]

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‘The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth’

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Reading: Matthew 17:19 This weekend the church invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The first reading is […]

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Who speaks for Charlie Gard?

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally […]

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The most precious pearl

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:44-52 The First Book of Kings is the source of this weekend’s first reading. As might be supposed, the two books of Kings deal […]

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Called to be critics, rebels and saints

The following is the commencement address given by Msgr. Michael Heintz at the graduation ceremony of Marian High School, Mishawaka, his alma mater, on June 2. High school commencement addresses […]

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In Light of Faith: Three questions for vocational discernment

By Katie Daniels It was a hot, sunny day in early September and the lawn around me was a sea of colorful banners and signs advertising debate clubs and Ultimate […]

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Take care to nourish the seeds of faith

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:24-43 The Book of Wisdom provides this weekend’s first reading. Wisdom is the name not only of this book of the Old Testament, but […]

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An unsung champion for life

It is widely agreed that the greatest pro-life legislative success since the Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision is the Hyde Amendment. First enacted in 1976, it remains in law today […]

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History and humility: An old man’s plea to young adults

The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead. David McCullough’s bestselling new book, “The American Spirit,” takes up a […]

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Going beyond administration

While preparing for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, I paused on a statement describing a design principle for the event. In calling for missionary discipleship, the U.S. Conference of Catholic […]

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In Light of Faith: What would you share with Pope Francis?

By Elise Italiano and Christopher White Perhaps one of the most memorable scenes of last year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, was Pope Francis sharing a meal with a […]