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The Sunday Gospel

Receive the Lord, the king of peace

Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:39-45 This weekend observes the last Sunday in Advent. The first reading is from the Book of Micah, who is regarded as one of the […]

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Cleansed and conformed to God’s will

“Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th-century Genevan Psalter, is eminently singable. The hymn text — […]

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Christmas is about what is right

Lately, the news has really weighed me down. It was heartbreaking to see the raging fires in California night after night and take in scenes of ravaged land, smoldering ruins […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The Face of God

In these last days of Advent, we are invited by the Church’s liturgies to turn to the Lord as we focus on the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We can […]

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The Human Condition

The morning offering — reconsidered

Many of us have had the habit — perhaps instilled in us by our parents or teachers — of offering the day to God. I recall, as a grade school […]

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Book recounts Notre Dame’s little-known fight against Ku Klux Klan

By Eugene Fisher This excellent book will engage Catholic readers with the history not only of University of Notre Dame but also of the anti-Catholicism that prevailed in much of […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Rejoice in the Lord, the one whom John the Baptist foretold

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3:10-18 An atmosphere of delighted expectation overtakes this weekend’s liturgy. It is Gaudete Sunday, a name taken from the Latin rendition of the first word […]

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Ecclesial déjà vu all over again

After a surprise derailment by the Vatican of a long-awaited vote of the U.S. bishops, tempers were frayed. “I feel frustrated,” said one powerful cardinal. An influential archbishop added, “The […]

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Being open to God’s future

By Sister Mary Jo Nelson Being open to God’s future “There is an appointed time for everything …A time to plant and a time to uproot the plantA time to tear […]

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The challenge of John Chau

Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated […]

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Christmas movies to brighten the spirit

WASHINGTON — The following movies have been evaluated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops according to artistic merit and moral suitability. The reviews include the USCCB rating, the Motion Picture […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Joy and peace prevail where Jesus reigns

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 The Book of Baruch, the source of this Advent’s weekend first biblical reading, is relatively brief, only five chapters. It also is among the […]