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The spiritual dimension — living in the presence of a friend

One of my favorite aspects of seminary life is one that took me a long time to get used to: that I live in the same house as Jesus in […]

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If we have died with Christ, we will also live with him

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 10:37-42 This weekend’s first reading is from the first of two books in the Bible that bear a name suggesting that they are about […]

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Calling God ‘Our Father’

Our last 11 grandchildren in a row have been girls, so I’ve gotten careful about asserting claims of male prerogative. But this Father’s Day got me thinking about how we […]

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A myth of neutrality

Once upon a time, we were told to allow dissent from time-honored legal and moral norms in the name of “freedom of choice.” Politicians assured us they were “personally opposed” […]

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‘Even all the hairs of your head are counted’

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 10:26-33 The Book of Jeremiah supplies this weekend’s first reading. Jeremiah wrote at a time when life was hard for God’s chosen people. Only […]

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Kathy Griffin and the vanishing of argument

By now the whole world has heard about comedian Kathy Griffin’s appalling, staged photo of herself holding a mockup of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. Despite her rather […]

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Led by the Spirit: Father Michael Driscoll

Full of joy and excitement for his ministry and vocation, Father Michael Driscoll will celebrate 40 years of priestly ordination this year. Although he recognized early, in second grade, that […]

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Forty years a priest: Father Phillip Widmann

Father Phillip Widmann, pastor at St. Mary Mother of God Church, recently passed a 40-year milestone in his priestly life. Ordained by Bishop William McManus on Jan. 15, 1977, at […]

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Father Edmund Sylvia, CSC, celebrates 50-year vocation

Father Edmund Sylvia’s call to the priesthood came as a result of renewal movements. He was a public school junior high school history teacher at the time, when one of […]

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Widows of Prayer supports priests, church leaders

The Widows of Prayer is a consecrated, lay community composed of widowed, practicing Catholic women who were married in the Catholic Church. The mission statement for the organization calls for […]

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A father’s perspective: Prayer brings us to what matters most

There are few moments that I can recall in my life that have had massive impacts: graduating from college is certainly one, marriage being another (and certainly greater) event. The […]

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Millersburg dad teaches that God is our first father

Jack Senger delivers more than the parcels he transports nearly every day for United Parcel Service; he has also been delivering a strong message of faith to his four children. The […]