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Grammys’ ‘Fast Car’ Chatter Exposes the Need for Love

“You got a fast car / I got a job that pays all our bills / You stay out drinking late at the bar / See more of your friends […]

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How Boredom Helps Us to Know God (and Ourselves)

St. Augustine famously said, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee,” but what exactly is the “restlessness” from which we’re being rescued? I think Augustine was […]

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Walking with St. Francis in Assisi

Fourteen meetings in six days may be a very efficient way to use one’s time, but perhaps it is not the best way to enjoy Italy. Landing in Rome on […]

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Understanding Our Lenten Call to Conversion and Repentance

“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” The First Sunday of Lent is upon us, and through the readings and prayers, we dive right […]

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We Yearn to Be with Jesus, the Source of Life and Peace

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this weekend comes from the Book of Leviticus. In sequence, Leviticus is the third book in modern translations of the Bible. […]

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Lent and the Filet-O-Fish Dilemma

Do you ever wish we Catholics could shift culture as effectively as we shift fast food menus during Lent? There’s a huge billboard on my block that just changed out […]

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Experiencing Our Tangible Faith with Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Catholic faith is a faith of the senses, especially during the celebration of the Eucharist. We taste Our Lord Himself, receiving Him into our mouths at holy Communion; we […]

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Surrogacy and the Selfish Commodification of Children

At the beginning of 2024, Pope Francis offered strong public criticism of surrogate motherhood. His willingness to speak out on this important topic has helped to pull surrogacy out of […]

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This Lent, Let God Move You

“You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing that you have made. You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance, and you spare them, for you are […]

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In Choosing to Follow Christ, We Are Called to Serve Others

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Book of Job is the source of this weekend’s first reading. This book furnishes few details about the identity of Job. It nonetheless is […]

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The Thin Line Between Joy and Sorrow Amidst Loss

St. Philip Neri is widely known as “the joyful saint.” Famously, he encouraged joy as the way of Christian perfection, saying, “A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than […]

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How Deep Are Our Political Divisions?

The movie, musical, and now musical movie “Mean Girls” is a reminder of one of the more miserable sides of adolescence: in groups and out groups, the cool kids and […]