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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is our only access to true and eternal life

Second Sunday In Lent Luke 9:28b-36 The Book of Genesis is the source of the first reading. It is a story about Abraham, whom the Jews regarded, and still regard, […]

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Causes of sudden cardiac death in the young

In last month’s article, I discussed the amazing recovery of a young man who was resuscitated from a cardiac arrest. He had a congenital coronary artery anomaly as the cause. […]

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Are you ready to change?

“Put off the old man who is corrupted according to the desire of error, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who […]

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Patrick was a saint, I ain’t

Most folks generally know that St. Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and that his feast day is observed on March 17, the day he died. And many […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Return to God and repel sin, as Jesus did

First Sunday of Lent Luke 4:1-13 The Book of Deuteronomy provides the first reading for this first Sunday of Lent. Deuteronomy recalls the flight of the Hebrews from Egypt, where […]

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Heart work for Lent

Recently I was captivated by an opinion editorial in USA Today titled “I’ve played a role in toxic public debate” by CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers. I am not familiar […]

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Congress and infanticide

Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft once found himself arguing with an abortion supporter, and said to her: “Give me one argument that defends abortion that doesn’t also defend infanticide.” He was […]

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The ones who weave: repairing the social fabric

When David Brooks travels the country, he seeks out the good news. The bad news is all too easy to find. As a New York Times columnist writing about the […]

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The Sunday Gospel

A life lived in the Lord will bear good fruit

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 6:39-45 The Book of Sirach is the source of the first reading. Sirach does not appear in the King James, or Authorized, Version of […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

This Lent, refrain from sins of the tongue

Jesus’ words in the passage from the Sermon on the Plain, which we hear in this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 6:39-45), offer us important counsel as we begin the season of […]

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Jim Crow and the Klansman

By now I think almost everyone has seen the photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook — a man in blackface standing next to a hooded Klansman. The figure on the […]

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‘Exceptions’ and the undermining of the moral law

Whenever we make small exceptions to universal moral rules, we shouldn’t be surprised that the rules themselves can be quickly undermined. Establishing an “exception” in one case makes people think […]