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Caring for ‘the other America’

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president, much has been made of the voters he attracted, usually identified as white, male, small town and rural, working class. While […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Seek those who can help you hear the Lord’s call

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 1:35-42 The First Book of Samuel is the source of the first reading for this weekend. Originally, First and Second Samuel were one volume. […]

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How I became a doctor

As a junior at Purdue University studying mechanical engineering, I realized I was being called to be a physician. I decided to apply to all the schools in Ohio, my […]

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Plan B and some more

As the new year is often the season for making plans, my attention was captured in a gift shop by a plaque that offers the wisdom, “There is no Plan […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Greatest Showman’

NEW YORK (CNS) —The life of pop entertainment pioneer P.T. Barnum provides the subject matter for the big, brash musical “The Greatest Showman” (Fox). Ironically, the film arrives in theaters […]

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Compassionate responses when you meet suffering

In 2005, while undergoing chemotherapy, I was sitting in an uncomfortable recliner on the sixth floor of a medical facility. An IV dripped poison into my veins that would simultaneously […]

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Viva Cristo Rey!

In the 1920s, when the United States had a quasi-Stalinist regime on its southern border, “Viva Cristo Rey!” was the defiant battle cry of the Cristeros who fought the radically […]

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The Sunday Gospel

All nations are invited to know the Messiah

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 This weekend the Church invites us to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, one of the most revered […]

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A more human society

‘It’s no use reasoning with you!’

Have you had arguments in which the other person would not concede your point, no matter how many compelling facts and reasons you brought to bear? That is most common […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The shining example of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Following is the homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades on the Feast of the Holy Family, Dec. 31, 2017: On this first Sunday after Christmas, while we are still immersed in […]

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On cracked knuckles and self-care: a resolution for 2018

The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: Get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, […]

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The Sunday Gospel

A model for our own Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:22-40 (A selection of readings is possible for this feast.  These comments refer to one set of readings.) The Church always celebrates the Sunday […]