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Jesus’ resurrection and our answering call

Feast of the resurrection of the Lord John 20:1-9 The Liturgy of the Word for the Easter Vigil is unsurpassed in its power and magnificence among all the feasts of […]

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‘The amazing gift and mystery of the Eucharist’

The following is the text of Bishop Rhoades’ homily at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 14, 2022 at St. Matthew Cathedral: At this Evening […]

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This Easter, go out of your way to make new — and returning — Catholics feel welcome

After two years of pandemic uncertainty, things are beginning to get back to normal at the Vatican this Holy Week and Easter. Both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Masses will […]

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Evening news despair and Easter hope

One of the best decisions my wife and I ever made was to keep our television out of the bedroom. We’ve never fallen asleep bathed in the blue glow of […]

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The cross is enough

Without Good Friday, there is no Easter Sunday. Without the Cross, there is no empty tomb. Without humility, there is no glory. Christianity, as writers from the New Testament on […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Passion story is the story of our salvation

Palm Sunday Luke 22:14-23:56 The Church this weekend leads us to the climax of Lent, the observance of Holy Week, by offering the impressive liturgy of Palm Sunday.  Recalling the […]

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Gender politics and the Supreme Court

Judging by news coverage and social media, Senate hearings on the confirmation of appellate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer have provided more political theater […]

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Why doing what is right in your own sight is such a bad idea

What does the Bible think about our current cultural fascination with finding our own voices, setting our own agenda, doing things according to our own lights? Is the Bible for […]

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A more awful thing: Jesus’ lament on the culture of death 

In the Stations of the Cross, Jesus says a rather extraordinary thing. He addresses it to the women who have gathered to lament Him: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep […]

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The Sunday Gospel

All face consequences for sin, but God does not forsake us

The Fifth Sunday of Lent John 8:1-11 The Book of Isaiah supplies the first reading for this weekend in Lent. The reading is from the second part of Isaiah, written […]

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Catholic entrepreneurs take the leap 

Matt Martinusen lost his job at a precarious time. He was the sole breadwinner, and his wife, Lisa, a stay-at-home mom, had just had their third baby.  The non-profit Matt […]

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A mess of our own making

Every parent has heard his or her child cry out in the night and rushed to find out what is wrong. “There’s a monster in the corner!” your daughter says, […]