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Carbon pricing: Pay for emissions

In June 2018 and 2019, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame convened leaders from around the world at the Vatican to address the […]

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Don’t miss the best thing

My daughter has this T-shirt. I found it on the clearance rack at Target, marked down 75%. Without hesitation I tossed it in the cart. Ironically, that steal of a […]

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Palliative sedation and nearing death

Because suffering almost always imposes itself on us during life, and especially at the end of life, it can be helpful to reflect on the need to accept some personal […]

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God helps us to stand firm in holy convictions

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 17:5-10 This weekend’s first reading is from the Book of Habakkuk. By comparison among the prophets it’s a short work, including only three chapters. […]

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Conscience and its enemies

Should doctors and nurses be forced to take part in procedures that violate their conscience? It’s a timely question. New federal regulations to enforce existing conscience protection laws are being […]

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What our church buildings say

In the Mass for Thursday of the 25th week of the year, we read from the book of the prophet Haggai, who wrote at the time of the return of the […]

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The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy. The effigy was crafted […]

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Self-sufficiency should not blind us to others’ needs

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 16:19-31 The Book of Amos provides this weekend’s first reading. The book itself states that it was written during the reign of King Uzziah […]

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Cardinal Etchegaray, Henri de Lubac and Vatican II

Last week, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray passed away. Perhaps his was not a household name, but this very decent man made a substantive contribution to the life of the Church, serving […]

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Being resourceful: I can read! I can pray!

“We ate our honey. We ate a lot. Now we have no honey in our honey pot.” With those 17 words, averaging just three letters in length, Jan and Stan […]

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Contradictory suicide messaging

In July 2014, police found the body of 18-year-old Conrad Roy inside his truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, having died from carbon monoxide poisoning. As the case unfolded, it became apparent […]

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God asks that we give ourselves to Him rather than to money

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 16:1-13 The first reading for this weekend is from the Book of Amos. This prophet, regarded as one of the Minor Prophets, was from […]