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Mary’s example shows to us the glory of the Lord

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 2:1-11  The Book of Isaiah furnishes this weekend’s first reading. When the third section of Isaiah was written, the Hebrew people had just emerged […]

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Resolutions for today

I think New Year’s resolutions are silly. Under the guise of “get healthy” and “better yourself” we establish arbitrary and often unrealistic goals to eat less, move around more, spend less […]

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Eugenics, forced sterilization and protecting the mentally challenged

Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past century. In 1907, Indiana legalized forced […]

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What are the laity supposed to be?

Back in the 1950s, Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, began to articulate a vision that was largely ratified at the Second Vatican Council. She said that […]

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In Jesus, the glory of God’s love has been revealed

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The feast of the Baptism of the Lord is very important to the Church’s mission of bringing us to Christ. […]

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The thrifting Catholic: giving new life to old things

Emily Hannon was surprised by the children’s clothes she saw at big-box stores and popular websites when she became a mom. And not in a good way: Obnoxious graphics, offensive […]

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In the storm’s wake, our neighbors need us

Christmas this year arrived amid shock and tears. The images of devastation wrought by at least 22 tornadoes slashing their way through Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois are etched in […]

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On Christ and Christmas

It is an annual tradition: If it’s Christmas, there must be a Grinch trying to steal it. Vying for the Grinch award this year is Michael Weinstein, Air Force veteran […]

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The Lord’s promise to the faithful is fulfilled in glory

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 This weekend the Church celebrates the ancient feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, commemorating and reflecting upon the visit of […]

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Familial love and obedience demonstrated by the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:41-52 This weekend, the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. […]

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New book helps Catholics ‘achieve living portrait’ of Christ

By Mark Zimmermann SILVER SPRING, Md. (CNS) — The idea for veteran Catholic author Russell Shaw’s latest book actually originated about 30 years ago. A highly educated man who was […]

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Government by executive

Perhaps the most pernicious side effect of the recent pandemic has been the substitution of executive action for democratic processes of government. We might have expected a certain amount of […]