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A more human society

The new coronavirus and us

I could write about something other than the new coronavirus pandemic, but right now it almost seems there isn’t anything else. The rapid spread of the virus, its death toll, […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’

The following homily was given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, during a livestreamed Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. What […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Out of love for us, Jesus offered His life on the cross

Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Matthew 26:14-27:66 This weekend observes Palm Sunday, recalling with such great reverence and intense drama the Lord’s traditional entry into Jerusalem, bringing us into Holy […]

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The benefit of Catholic schools

“A lot,” my mom said. “A whole lot.” And she went back to washing the dishes. I shrugged and laughed, and pressed her for an actual answer. “Honestly, I don’t […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, defeats the virus of sin and overcomes the rule of death

The following homily was given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades March 29, 2020, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, during a livestreamed Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Those who believe will see the glory of God

Fifth Sunday of Lent John 11:1-45 The Book of Ezekiel provides the first reading for this weekend. Even a quick reading of the history of ancient Israel shows that there […]

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Coronavirus and ‘The Hollywood Squares’

The novel coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, late last year has affected higher education like nothing I have experienced in my time as a university president. We have called […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘May Jesus, the light of the world, lead us on’

The following homily was given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades March 22, 2020, on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, during a livestreamed Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, […]

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Love an enemy this Lent

The three classical spiritual practices that the Church urges us to embrace during Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I would strongly encourage every one of my readers to follow […]

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Doubling down on a bad deal

Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterization […]

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Another infernal betrayal

Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” is still hell’s bestseller. A masterpiece of medieval poetry and theology since it was published seven centuries ago, the “Inferno” traces the author’s imagined trip through the […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is the source of eternal life

Third Sunday of Lent John 4:5-42 The source of the first biblical reading for this Lenten weekend’s liturgies is the Book of Exodus, one of those five books of the […]