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Lessons from a COVID-19 infection

Experiencing COVID-19 these days brings to mind the scene in “Ben-Hur” when the lepers are proclaiming themselves “Unclean! Unclean!” People compare COVID-19 to the flu, which in many cases is […]

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The moral and spiritual purpose of the law

The text here is taken from a homily Bishop Barron offered regarding Church and state and the true purpose of the law for the Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral […]

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Holiness is found by giving of ourselves as Jesus did

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:35-45 The first reading for this weekend is from the Book of Isaiah, precisely from its third and last part. Isaiah, on several occasions, […]

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Baseball exhibit pays homage to Blessed McGivney’s love of the game

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) — The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in New Haven has opened an online exhibition centering on the Knights of Columbus connection with baseball, which spans […]

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What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask

The Collect, or Opening Prayer, for last week’s Masses on the 27th Week of the Year, though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things […]

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Our salvation is possible only through following the Lord

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:17-30 The Book of Wisdom is the source of this weekend’s first reading. As the name implies, this ancient book was designed to insist […]

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Decisions of consequence

I recently watched a compelling video prepared by a group called “Heartbeat International.” They provide women who regret having taken an abortion pill the chance to reverse their decision through a […]

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Bedtime stories of saints: comfort and companionship 

We never really outgrow the desire for a bedtime story. It just takes different forms when we’re older: Netflix, the evening news, Instagram stories. But the original cannot be improved […]

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A more human society

Thinking about the heartbeat law

Most public issues these days seem to provoke angry dispute and mutual recrimination. Those divisions can tempt people to misstate or exaggerate facts, to persuade others — or even themselves […]

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Marriage is a manifestation of the kingdom of God

Twenty- Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:2-16 The Book of Genesis is the source of the first reading for this weekend. Among the first five books of the Bible, […]

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The lethal tenderness of the death doctors

By the time Dr. Jack Kevorkian was put in prison for second-degree murder, he had helped an estimated 130 patients kill themselves. The first person he “helped” was an Oregon […]

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A meditation on time from an old hymn

My blog is usually posted in the evening at about 21:00 (9 p.m.) U.S. Eastern Time. But in Sydney, Australia, it is 1 in the afternoon of the following day. […]