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The Lord protects and defends us in this life

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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Spiritual lessons from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us with a great deal of uncertainty: uncertainty about how contagious the virus is and about the best way to treat it; uncertainty […]

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Resting in the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The past eight weeks have been unusual, to say the least. With schedules, lives and people’s world turned upside down, every person has been through a challenging time. A time […]

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Rooting out racism

My husband and daughter go for a walk nearly every day. I’ve never worried for their safety. Our neighborhood is pretty quiet. But in the past few weeks, I’ve also […]

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Receiving the Eucharist is communion with Jesus

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ John 6:51-58 This weekend, the Church celebrates the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or as perhaps it is better […]

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Unused gifts of the Spirit in nonprofit Catholic business practices

Around the season of Pentecost, I try again to commit to memory the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. While we may not be able to recite the full […]

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Pentecost and the fires in our cities

It is in a way providential that the feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose […]

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A more human society

Two cheers for science

“At a time when things are most uncertain, we turn to the most certain thing there is: science.” So begins a television ad that the Pfizer corporation began running in […]

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An allegory for what ails our culture?

In ancient Greek mythology, the dog Cerberus guarded the entrance to Hades, the misty and gloomy underworld, the abode of the dead, permitting anyone to enter but none to leave. […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The revelation of the Trinity is a sign of God’s unlimited love

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Reading: John 3:16-18 This weekend, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The first reading is from the Book of Exodus. […]

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Catholic beats coronavirus at age 99, inspiring legions

The nurses kept using the same phrase. The doctors used it, too. Rock star. Anne Giardino, the 99-year-old on the 15th floor, was a rock star among the many COVID-19 patients […]

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The Sunday Gospel

We are strengthened to go out in the name of the Lord

Feast of Pentecost John 20:19-23 This weekend, the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost, one of the most important feasts of the Church’s liturgical year. It is richly biblical in […]