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Vox populi: The voice of the people

Francis Galton was a Victorian scientist with an interest in social Darwinism. It may have been his views on breeding that moved him to attend the West of England Fat […]

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Considering the danger of concussions

When I was a sophomore in college, I participated in a flag football league. Even though it was flag football, it got physical at times. If you could not pull […]

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The Lord is calling us to be His disciples: How will you respond?

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 1:35-42 The First Book of Samuel is the source of the first reading for this weekend. Originally, First and Second Samuel were one volume. […]

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We need grace to succeed in our resolutions

I learned the act of contrition in second grade. Mrs. Tartamella would patiently practice with us every day. We’d go through the prayer line by line, and when we’d get to […]

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Stepping back from the brink

Jan. 6, 2021, was an epiphany of sorts for Americans who watched in horror as a mob breached the U.S. Capitol, assaulted police and vandalized offices. It was both shockingly […]

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With Biden in office, here is the way forward

Even in a normal year, the juxtaposition of the U.S. presidential inauguration and the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade (1973) is jarring. 2021 is […]

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Listen to the Lord, that you may have life

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Mark 1:7-11 This weekend, the Church invites us to celebrate the great feast of the Baptism of the Lord, great because it commemorates […]

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The faith of Violet Jessop

When Violet Jessop set out to be a maritime stewardess, she wasn’t driven by some starry-eyed desire to see the world. She was moved by necessity. Her Irish father, a […]

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‘Dominion,’ the values of the West and the cross of Christ

The popular historian Tom Holland has written an extraordinary book called “Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.” The subtitle sums up his argument. Holland is deeply impatient with […]

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‘Ite Ad Joseph’: Brother Andre Bessette, CSC

On United States Postal Service stamps, New York Times headlines or ESPN sidelines, one can spot them. Well-known and well-educated, the priests, brothers and sisters of the Congregation of Holy […]

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We come to worship the newborn King

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 This weekend, the Church invites us to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, one of the most revered […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Mary: Daughter of Israel, Mother of God, Queen of Peace

The following is the text of Bishop Rhoades’ homily on New Year’s Eve at St. Louis, Besancon Parish. January 1st is the eighth day of the Octave of Christmas. For […]