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The Sunday Gospel

With Jesus, the faithful will die but rise to eternal life

Fifth Sunday of Easter Reading: John 13:31-33a, 34-35 Once again in this Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles supplies the first reading for the Mass. It reports some of […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is still with us, caring for us

Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:27-30 The Acts of the Apostles supplies the first reading. It gives a glimpse into the modus vivendi of St. Paul as he moved across […]

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Sometimes you have to throw a ‘Hail Mary’

Let me share the story of a special lady I had the honor of taking care of. Quite a few years ago, I met this woman when she was in […]

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Two nuggets for commencement season

It is commencement season, and I am collecting my thoughts for upcoming speeches. Because of space, let me share two of five nuggets harvested from experiences that span both professional […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus asks His disciples to continue His work

Third Sunday Of Easter John 21:1-19 Again this weekend, the Church presents as its first reading for liturgy in Eastertime a passage from the Acts of the Apostles. The mere […]

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Nobody gets hurt?               

A few years back, I gave a talk titled “Thinking Through the Transgender Question” at a local parish. In the audience were several individuals supporting the transgender movement. During the […]

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A more human society

Whitewashing Planned Parenthood

The pro-life film “Unplanned” has exceeded expectations, recouping its $6 million filming budget on its first weekend in theaters. At this writing, it has taken in over $17 million — […]

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All the news that’s fit to print

“Wife Returned After Having Fine Funeral.”  The headline of a 483-word story in the March 15, 1904, edition of The New York Times bore a sly nod to Tom Sawyer. […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The merciful and good Son of God still lives

Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 The Acts of the Apostles supplies this weekend’s first reading. The first several chapters of Acts are fascinating since they so well depict the […]

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Look at this

I am so proud of our students. This month the student government association, the body that represents our undergraduates, passed a resolution asking the university to prohibit access through the […]

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Seeing abortion

We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country — not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in […]

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A letter to every young Catholic

Attention Catholic young people, by which I mean everyone under 30: Pope Francis has written you a letter. Called “Christ Is Alive,” it is a historic document in that it […]