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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Pentecost letter to the faithful

Dear Friends in Christ: We are approaching the Solemnity of Pentecost, the end of the liturgical season of Easter. On Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Believers charged with bringing the Lord’s divine mercy to others

Feast of Pentecost John 20:19-23 In the Church’s liturgical year, only Easter and Christmas eclipse Pentecost. The importance and grandeur of these feasts of course derive from the events being […]

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Parenting a whole different ballgame

The highlight of my Little League career was a two-hitter I threw against the Knights of Columbus, the class of our league in Sharon, Pennsylvania. My team was sponsored by […]

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Stretching out to great things: a commencement address for the University of St. Thomas

The following is the text of Bishop Robert Barron’s commencement address given at the University of St. Thomas in Houston on May 8. I have the very happy responsibility today […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus remains with us through the Apostles and the Church

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Mark 16:15-20 The Acts of the Apostles supplies the first reading for this important feast day in the Church, the celebration of the […]

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Is love the cause of hatred? The answer may surprise you

There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to […]

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This is what it means to receive the Eucharist

Dear first communicants, Congratulations! What a special time this is. It is the moment you receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. What a blessing, and what a […]

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Caring for Mom as Mom cared for me

There is a particularly unexpected twist in the saga of many families when the child suddenly starts acting the parent and the parent resembles the child. It is not a […]

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Truly loving God means loving each other

Sixth Sunday of Easter John 15:9-17  The Acts of the Apostles once again provides the first reading for a weekend in the Easter season. In this reading, the Apostle Peter […]

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The public prayers of the Church

Not long ago, you probably noticed on a change made to the public prayer of the Church —at least in English — beginning this past Lent: Prayers addressed to the […]

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Celebrating Easter more than just one Sunday

Once all the eggs are found and colorful jellybeans enjoyed, and the chocolate bunny has lost his ears, Catholics still have Easter to celebrate. The Sunday that changed everything is […]

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A more human society

Assisted suicide’s not-so-hidden agenda

Most people have heard of the slippery slope. After making what seems a limited exception to a moral principle, we may find over time that it logically becomes far broader […]