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When God opens doors

When a door opens before you, do you walk through? I’m not talking about metaphorical doors, but actual physical doors. Maybe the kind that are triggered by a sensor, or […]

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Where is God on your calendar?

Where does God show up on your calendar? I pose this as a real question, not a rhetorical one. If someone found your planner on the bus or a stranger […]

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Thoughts on the miracle of life, as we march

I want to consider today the extraordinary miracle of human life. It has been like a dagger in my heart that sixty-three million children have died in this country as a […]

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Wisdom calls us to value eternal wealth

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 12:13-21 The first reading is from the Book of Ecclesiastes, sometimes referred to as the Book of Qoheleth, a book rarely appearing in the […]

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God hears the calling of His people

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 11:1-13 The Book of Genesis is the source of this weekend’s first reading. As with other passages in this marvelously profound religious book, the […]

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Gun violence and the deep sadness

Like every other reasonable person in our society, I’m worried sick about the phenomenon of gun violence, and I’m especially concerned about what it reveals regarding the status of young […]

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To rest is to be human

“Workaholic,” “productive,” “unstoppable,” “24/7,” “busy bee,” “overachiever,” etc. These words and expressions, and others similar, have come to be omnipresent in our everyday vocabulary. We often feel proud when identified […]

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Roe and the legacy of abortion

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and, by implication, a long line of abortion decisions relying on them. […]

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While invisible, God can be seen in love 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 10:25-37 The Book of Deuteronomy, the source of the first reading for this weekend, is one of the first five books of the Bible, […]

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Appreciating good homilies

Here’s an answer that should show up on Catholic Jeopardy: “Eight minutes.” The question is: “What does Pope Francis think the ideal length of a homily should be?” This pope, […]

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A meditation on honor

Back in 2014, I celebrated one of the most remarkable funerals of my 30-plus years as a priest. With the body present, I sang a Requiem Mass for a man […]

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Dobbs, Roe and the true fact of life 

For almost three generations of Americans, abortion has been not only a constitutional right but a fact of life. On June 24, 2022, the facts of life changed. In voting […]