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Finding God in all things

There is, to be sure, a stress within the Biblical tradition that God is radically other: “Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” […]

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Summer at the lake

Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with […]

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The Sunday Gospel

‘Ask … seek … knock:’ The Lord waits to hear and answer

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 11:1-13 Again, the Book of Genesis is the source of this weekend’s first reading. It is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The story […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Be open to receiving the Lord’s message, His power and His love

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 10:38-42 The Book of Genesis, unfortunately, bears the burden of being remembered, and usually misunderstood, only in terms of its Creation narratives. While the […]

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Securing authentic children’s rights

Children require extensive support and protection to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They are uniquely dependent on their parents because they are particularly vulnerable. Often they are unable […]

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The summer reading list

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure:  John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln’s secretary and biographer, a […]

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How far is too far?

How far would you drive for Mass? I don’t know if anyone has ever done a study of such a pedestrian topic, but it is a question that will become […]

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No one is beyond God’s love

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 10:25-37 The Book of Deuteronomy, the source of the first reading for this weekend, is one of the first five books of the Bible, […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord gives us the strength to be truly free

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 The first reading is from the third section of Isaiah. The three sections of this book, so favored over the years by […]

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‘God wants me to be happy’

A reflection on a deeply flawed moral stance One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us […]

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How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. Yet […]

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A Year in the Eternal City

It’s hard to believe, but almost a year has passed since I last saw my beautiful homeland (the United States) and came to Europe. A lot has changed in that […]