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The stories we tell, the lessons we learn

When I have reunions with my brothers and sisters, at some point we start telling stories about growing up. Invariably, we will remember events, good and bad, from different perspectives. […]

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Going places and doing things again as lockdown ends

We were running food to a friend who just had her fifth baby — I’d made an extra pan of enchiladas the night before — and dropping it off with […]

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‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name’

Every 12 months or so, I’ll remind my wife that I would like the recessional at my funeral to be “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.” I mentioned this to […]

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The Church invites us to respond to the love of the Father

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 4:35-41 Sunday liturgies have returned to Ordinary Time after the long period of Lent, the Easter season and a series of important feasts. A […]

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God wills us to be mighty in holiness

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 4:26-34 The first reading for this weekend’s liturgy is from the Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel is regarded as one of the great Hebrew prophets.  […]

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Finding God in the wilderness 

The sense of place and pull to the wild that inspired Nick Ripatrozone’s new book are tucked in his very name. The rip-roaring surname is the name of a mountain […]

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Going buggy with Brood X

When I first learned of the imminent arrival of the 17-year cicadas, Brood X according to those who name such things, it brought to mind my years in the Midwest. […]

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Five ways to pray for marriages in June

June is a special month for my husband and me, because we, like so many others, celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our date is extra meaningful because we share it with […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The blood of Jesus, poured out, establishes a new Covenant

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Providing this feast day’s first reading is the Book of Exodus, the story of an event that occurred as […]

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In revealing the Trinity, God shows He wants us to know Him

Feast of the Holy Trinity Matthew 28:16-20  The Book of Deuteronomy provides this feast’s first reading. Deuteronomy is among the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament. These […]

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A perfect time to become sanctuary parishes and save lives

In a time of pandemic, when lives, health and well-being are at stake, we must work together for the common good. In these pandemic moments, there should be no room […]

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Four qualities manifested by the Apostles just after Pentecost

The Apostles were dramatically changed at Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for mission that took place there. Prior to this, even after seeing the risen Lord, they […]