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The Sunday Gospel

Those who trust in the Lord are rich in the Spirit

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44 The First Book of Kings furnishes this weekend’s first reading from the Scriptures. Political governance, in the minds of the ancient Hebrews, was […]

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A more human society

On not being a vegetable

Of all the dilemmas classified under end-of-life issues, the most divisive even for Catholics has been the treatment of people diagnosed as being in a “vegetative state.” The phrase has […]

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Physicians unite to prepare for battle

I was blessed in September to be able to attend the 87th annual educational conference of the National Catholic Medical Association in Dallas, Texas. The conference title this year was […]

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‘I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made’

During a lecture at an Asian university on how businesses and the students’ future careers in this sector can bring about constructive social and environmental change, a question shot out […]

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Getting real about our challenges

Tracking the Catholic zeitgeist these days can be a dizzying experience. It helps to have a sense of history, and perhaps a sense of irony as well. Once upon a […]

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Sexual orientation: hope for restoration and healing with SOCE

Sexual orientation change efforts rely on professional therapy and counseling, often in a religious context, to assist those struggling with unwanted homosexual inclinations who would like to diminish their same-sex […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Which is the first of all the Commandments?

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:28b-34 The Book of Deuteronomy is the source of the first reading this weekend. One among the first five books of the Bible, Deuteronomy […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

The following is the text of the homily given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on the Solemnity of All Saints, Nov. 1, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University […]

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Seeing the best at the worst of times

Roxanne Loper was almost home. Her journey had begun 15 months ago, when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special. […]

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Hope for the future of the Church

Guest commentary by Tom and Barb Niezer Almost every day, the question is asked: How can the Catholic Church remove the sexual scandal from its ranks? Can the Church retain […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Whoever wishes to be great should become a servant of others

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:35-45 The first reading for this weekend is from the Book of Isaiah, precisely from its third and last part. Isaiah, on several occasions, […]

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Courage in the Slough of Despond 

I never took a class from historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook — “History is an antidote for despair” — […]