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On the loss of faith as a cause of our current crisis

In the Liturgy of the Hours last week, we read a remarkable (sic) attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

O Mary, Conceived without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee

The following is a portion of a homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades at the annual Mass for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of South Bend on Nov. 27. Today […]

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A more human society

Inspiration from the comics

“America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.” Thus wrote political humorist Bill Maher on the […]

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Managing grief during the holidays

It’s sometimes hard to face reality, especially when reality includes difficult, dark emotions we aren’t used to feeling. Grief often crashes upon our hearts in uncomfortable waves, seemingly out of […]

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Growing in holiness this Advent

People can seem a little self-obsessed nowadays, with our endless selfies and social media posts. But during the season of Advent, the Church asks us to look at ourselves in […]

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Abortion funding – cutting off the blood supply

Americans have long been disturbed by the fraud and waste that often surrounds the federal government’s use of their tax dollars. They now have further reason to be up in […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Son of Man will come again in glory

First Sunday of Advent Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 This weekend begins the Church’s year. Usually Advent is seen simply as a time to prepare for the feast of Christmas. In the […]

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Say an Ave there for me

The vote in Ireland in the spring to take away constitutional protection for the unborn came as an unhappy surprise to Irish Catholics in the United States. It was a […]

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Embracing divine revelations, accepting the unknown

It all started with a lost birth certificate. The Holy Spirit was at work that day and hasn’t slowed down since. My aunt Jan has always known she was adopted, […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Citizens of the Kingdom Not of This World

The following is the homily preached by Bishop Rhoades at St. Joseph Parish in Mishawaka on Nov. 25th, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: On […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus, our king, will remain with us forever

Feast of Christ the King John 18:33b-37 This weekend, in great joy and thanksgiving, the Church closes its year. As it looks back through the days and months of 2018, […]

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Giving thanks for Thanksgiving

I was in the middle of a root canal when I began to think about gratitude. To be clear, I was not performing the root canal. It was being performed […]