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In the Eucharist, We, too, Are in the Presence of Christ

Third Sunday of Easter The Acts of the Apostles again furnishes the first biblical reading. Almost every Sunday in the Easter season features a reading from this book of the […]

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Easter Gives Us a Reason to Hope

“We are an Easter people, and ‘alleluia’ is our song.” We love to quote St. Augustine when we talk about what the Church of Jesus Christ is. And honestly, there […]

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Poking the Hornet’s Nest of In Vitro Fertilization

A sweeping decision by the Alabama Supreme Court back in February sent shock waves through the world of assisted reproduction. Alabama Justice Jay Mitchell, writing on behalf of the court’s […]

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A Eucharistic Word: Mission

“Truly, nothing is more beautiful than to know Christ and to make Him known to others.” These words in Pope Benedict XVI’s Sacramentum Caritatis (“Sacrament of Charity”) echoed in my […]

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Through God’s Divine Mercy Are We Freed from Sin and Death

Second Sunday of Easter As almost always in the Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles furnishes the Liturgy of the Word with its first reading. Acts claims to be […]

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During the Easter Season and Beyond, Stay Oily!

Oil is a funny thing. We use it for so many different purposes – both inside and outside of our bodies. Externally, we use oil to moisturize our skin but […]

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Let’s Celebrate Easter for a While

This year, I’m glad to see Lent come to an end, and not just because of Easter alleluias and Cadbury dark chocolate eggs. It was a tough Lent. Part of […]

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Gowns of Grace, Heaps of Joy: Rediscovering Catholicism

Jenna Wright has come a long way from being an NFL cheerleader to a first Communion catechist. Now, rather than sporting a skimpy outfit at the Super Bowl, she’s selling […]

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May We Never Forget: We Are an Easter People

“But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, […]

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Rejoice in the Resurrection of the Lord, for He Is Risen

The Resurrection of the Lord A variety of biblical readings occurs in the course of liturgical celebrations for Easter. For instance, the Liturgy of the Word for the Easter Vigil […]

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He Is Truly Risen!

Alleluia! Happy Easter to you! There is a traditional greeting used by many Christians during the Easter season in which the first person says, “He is risen!” and the other […]

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Joseph’s Perfect Wife and Her Perfect Son

A while ago, writing about St. Joseph, I was intent on lifting up His human experience while calling out quick attempts to idealize this important person in Jesus’s life. Joseph […]