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Prayers for the sick

There is an old New Yorker cartoon that shows an angel bringing God a stack of petitions about wars, natural disasters and other calamities. God waves him off with a […]

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What I learned talking with skeptics on Reddit

Earlier this month I finished my second dive into the Reddit AMA world. One of the most popular websites in the world, Reddit is a forum for all sorts of online […]

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The Sunday Gospel

‘Pray always, without becoming weary’

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 18:1-8 The Book of Exodus is the source of this weekend’s first reading. One of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, its […]

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God or the vending machine?

Here at the seminary, there are two vending machines right when I walk into the building. If it’s been a long day of pastoral assignments or classes, there is nothing […]

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Wonderfully made: finding courage to create

I was a sophomore in college when I received the little blue book, a gift from a friend who also wanted to be a writer. At the time I was […]

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How not to have a heart attack

The No. 1 killer in America remains coronary heart disease. If your family history includes coronary events such as heart attacks, bypass surgery or coronary stent placement, your risk is […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God always stands ready to heal us and welcome us back

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 17:11-19 The Second Book of Kings furnishes this weekend with its first scriptural reading at Mass. Once the two books of Kings were a […]

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Carbon pricing: Pay for emissions

In June 2018 and 2019, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame convened leaders from around the world at the Vatican to address the […]

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Don’t miss the best thing

My daughter has this T-shirt. I found it on the clearance rack at Target, marked down 75%. Without hesitation I tossed it in the cart. Ironically, that steal of a […]

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Palliative sedation and nearing death

Because suffering almost always imposes itself on us during life, and especially at the end of life, it can be helpful to reflect on the need to accept some personal […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God helps us to stand firm in holy convictions

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 17:5-10 This weekend’s first reading is from the Book of Habakkuk. By comparison among the prophets it’s a short work, including only three chapters. […]

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Conscience and its enemies

Should doctors and nurses be forced to take part in procedures that violate their conscience? It’s a timely question. New federal regulations to enforce existing conscience protection laws are being […]