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The democracy of the dead: intellectual formation

When I think about the intellectual dimension of priestly formation, my mind instantly turns to my favorite chapter of G.K. Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy,” entitled, “The Ethics of Elfland.” (As an aside, […]

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A museum for which to be thankful

On Sept. 29, 1952, publication of the complete Revised Standard Version of the Bible was celebrated at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C., and the principal speaker was U.S. […]

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The Human Condition

Christ’s human face in glory

It is a doctrine of the faith that, at the Incarnation, the Eternal Son of God, without the loss of His divinity, took upon Himself a complete human nature. That […]

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Why poetry matters

Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot. Here’s an example of why I […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Prepare your hearts for when the Lord returns

First Sunday of Advent Mark 13:33-37 This weekend the Church begins Advent. It also is the start of a new liturgical year. Each liturgical year is carefully planned so that […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The God-who-comes

The Advent season is about to begin and, with it, the beginning of a new liturgical year. The Latin word “Advent” is a translation of the Greek word “Parousia,” which […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord is our shepherd, protector, judge and king

Feast of Christ the King Matthew 25:31-46 Next week, a new year will begin with the First Sunday of Advent. This weekend, the Church concludes its liturgical year of 2017 […]

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Destroying my freedom — in the name of freedom?

In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: “There is nobility in … affirming […]

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Take action against gun violence

By Christopher White I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own […]

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Mass murder and our culture of death

On Nov. 14, Kevin Janson Neal paced about a remote elementary school in the small Northern California community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, apparently looking for children to shoot during a […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Those who fear the Lord will be welcomed at the heavenly banquet

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:14-30 The Book of Proverbs provides this weekend’s first reading. This book was composed when the Holy Land and the lives of its inhabitants […]

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Miracle in Fayetteville

Two years ago, I wrote a column about my first-born daughter, Amanda, and her struggles with a devastating neurological disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Of all the articles I […]