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Creation, redemption, martyrdom

A Lenten quiz: Which came first, God’s creation of the world or God’s covenant with Israel? If we think in terms of mere chronology, the answer is obvious. If we […]

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A common medical event in church

This past year at one of the morning Sunday Masses that I attended, one of the altar servers was kneeling during the consecration and violently fell forward, smashing her face […]

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Jesus submitted to His death to secure our salvation

Palm Sunday Luke 22:14-23:56 The Church this weekend leads us to the climax of Lent, the observance of Holy Week, by offering the impressive liturgy of Palm Sunday. Recalling the […]

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Movie reviews from the USCCB

‘The Best of Enemies’ NEW YORK (CNS) — “The Best of Enemies” (STX) is an appealing fact-based drama that promotes humane values and Gospel-guided behavior. On that basis, many parents […]

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Celebrating mercy during Easter

Guest Commentary by Mary McClusky Easter is a time of great joy, hope and celebration, so why does the Church emphasize our sinfulness and great need for mercy on the […]

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God in our future

At a cafe in Chicago, I was chatting with a British former journalist and economist who is currently director of social responsibility and sustainability at a large European company. We […]

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Why you need a rule of life

Socrates famously stated that the unexamined life is not worth living. After 2,500-ish years, those words still ring true. However, the Christian Event (the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus […]

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Sin is real, but so is God’s loving mercy

Fifth Sunday of Lent John 8:1-11 The Book of Isaiah supplies the first reading for this weekend in Lent. The reading is from the second part of Isaiah, written at […]

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Frank Gehry and transcendence

Though I reside in Santa Barbara, I am in Los Angeles a good deal for meetings and other events. When I’m in the city, I like to walk the downtown […]

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Giving joyful witness: how the Holy Spirit stirs the restless

When Pope Francis talks about evangelization, his poster child may well be an immigrant in North Dakota. Sister Brenda Hernandez Valdes, a 34-year-old Daughter of Immaculate Mary of Guadalupe, lives […]

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Scary prayers that are good for you

I have a short list of scary prayers. Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you. Most prayers are prayers of petition, prayers […]

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God rejoices in those who return to Him

Fourth Sunday of Lent Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 This weekend the Church observes Laetare Sunday, the name being derived from the first word, in Latin, of the Entrance Antiphon. This word […]