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‘Civilize it’ initiative offers lesson in listening

Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an editorial titled: “’Civilize it’ initiative offers lesson in listening,” published online […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Christ is born of Mary, the servant of the Lord

Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:39-45 This weekend the Church observes the last Sunday in Advent. The first reading is from the Book of Micah. Micah is regarded as one […]

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Bishop celebrates Our Lady of Loreto with Sisters of the Holy Cross

The following is the text of the homily delivered by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at Mass on the Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto Dec. 10 at the Church of […]

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If every parish was a pro-life safe haven

My track record as a predictor of Supreme Court abortion decisions took a hit years ago when I wrote an editorial predicting that Planned Parenthood v. Casey would overturn Roe […]

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An Advent meditation on the paradox of God’s power

One of the great cries of Advent is for God to rend the heavens and come down. (Is 64:1) for Him to stir up His mighty power and come to […]

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With the eyes of a child, gaze upon the Nativity

Every Christmas since I can remember, the National Gingerbread Competition has been hosted at the Grove Park Inn resort in my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up, it was […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord will rejoice over us, so should we rejoice with others

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3:10-18 For centuries this Sunday was called “Gaudete” Sunday, the name coming from the first word of the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice,” or in Latin, “Gaudete.” […]

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Three comings of Christ

Many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I’ve never forgotten. It is […]

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An Advent plea for immigration reform

How long? Until when? These questions are common during Advent as Christians reflect on the meaning of the final coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. From the depths of our […]

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New cures from embryonic stem cells?

A recent article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata chronicles the remarkable story of a patient who for many years suffered from Type 1 diabetes. After receiving a newly […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Let us make ready the way of the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 The Book of Baruch provides the first reading for this Second Sunday of Advent. Baruch, not one of the major prophets, is relatively brief, […]

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Bread, wine and a Norway spruce: the sacramental life 

Before there were any buildings in Rockefeller Center, there was a Christmas tree.  At the peak of the Great Depression, construction workers hungering for holiday cheer pooled their money to […]