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Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray for Us!

The following is the text of the homily delivered by Bishop Rhoades on Aug. 27 at Queen of Peace Parish, Mishawaka, at the parish’s annual celebration, Peacefest: It was 100 […]

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Freedom and the mission of Catholic universities

Guest Commentary: Adrian Reimers Fifty years ago, Father Hesburgh of the University of Notre Dame invited two dozen leaders in Catholic higher education to Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, to plot […]

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Three questions for vocational discernment

It was a hot, sunny day in early September and the lawn around me was a sea of colorful banners and signs advertising debate clubs and Ultimate Frisbee teams. Like […]

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I think I’m having a heart attack

A 42-year-old man presents to the emergency room with acute onset of shortness of breath and chest tightness. He is in the middle of a contentious divorce and has not […]

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God gives his authority to his church

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Mt. 16:13-20 The first section of the Book of Isaiah provides this weekend with its first reading. In this reading, Isaiah speaks for God. With […]

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Support our immigrant youth: Dream Act of 2017

Throughout our diocese, at Confirmations, parish and school visits, high school and college graduations, youth retreats, and other events and occasions, I meet and speak with our young people whose […]

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All people are invited to know and to worship the Lord

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 The third section of the Book of Isaiah provides this weekend’s first reading. Understanding this part of Isaiah requires some knowledge of […]

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The value of work

All of us are liable to complain of our work. We grumble at the hardness of our work, at its monotony and dullness, at the lack of time to rest […]

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Human formation and becoming a bridge

One of the titles for a pope that I have always found interesting is “Pontifex Maximus.” This title is translated to “the greatest bridge-builder.” I, of course, have never seen […]

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We need not — and should not — rely solely on ourselves

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matt. 14:22-33 The First Book of Kings is the source of this weekend’s first reading. The two books of Kings highlight the kings of the […]

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‘The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth’

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Reading: Matthew 17:19 This weekend the church invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The first reading is […]

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Who speaks for Charlie Gard?

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally […]