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It’s not just about the frozen embryos

I remember a conversation I had with a married Catholic couple a few years ago. They were feeling lost and desperate over their inability to conceive a child. They were […]

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A more human society

Losing our humanity to robots?

As a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, I have attended its annual assemblies in Rome since 2012. Pope Francis has asked the academy to explore a range of […]

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Not so fast

I probably shouldn’t admit this in front of my grandchildren, but I am a fan of McDonald’s fish sandwiches. When I was a young lawyer in San Francisco, my firm’s […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God awaits our repentance and its fruits

Third Sunday of Lent Luke 13:1-9 The Book of Exodus, source of the first reading, recalls the encounter between God and Moses at the burning bush. Moses is reported as […]

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The need to persist in prayer and wear God out

In the Gospel reading from Thursday, March 14, the Lord teaches the need to persist in prayer. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock […]

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Our Dreyfus Case

In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army was convicted of treason on the grounds that he had given military secrets to France’s mortal enemy, Germany. The charge […]

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The Human Condition

Ten principles of the spiritual life

1. “Spirituality” or being “spiritual” means nothing more, but also nothing less, than being animated and guided by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus which is received at baptism. This […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is our only access to true and eternal life

Second Sunday In Lent Luke 9:28b-36 The Book of Genesis is the source of the first reading. It is a story about Abraham, whom the Jews regarded, and still regard, […]

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Causes of sudden cardiac death in the young

In last month’s article, I discussed the amazing recovery of a young man who was resuscitated from a cardiac arrest. He had a congenital coronary artery anomaly as the cause. […]

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Are you ready to change?

“Put off the old man who is corrupted according to the desire of error, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who […]

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Patrick was a saint, I ain’t

Most folks generally know that St. Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and that his feast day is observed on March 17, the day he died. And many […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Return to God and repel sin, as Jesus did

First Sunday of Lent Luke 4:1-13 The Book of Deuteronomy provides the first reading for this first Sunday of Lent. Deuteronomy recalls the flight of the Hebrews from Egypt, where […]