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Tired of religious discrimination?

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year’s most important case. At issue […]

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The apostles’ blueprint for forming faith communities

Fifth Sunday of Easter John 14:1-12 Once again this season, the Acts of the Apostles provides the first reading. The early chapters of Acts graphically reveal to us the lives […]

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Single, but not alone

As Mother’s Day approaches, fresh in my memory are recent encounters with two single mothers. First is my hairstylist, who works two jobs; in the morning as an elementary school […]

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Thoughts on individualism and secularism

Two intellectual offspring of the Enlightenment include radical individualism and secularism. Their origins and causes are complex, but their reality is something that we live with day in and day […]

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‘Why the Rosary, Why Now?’

Book review — Catholics love their rosaries. We buy them at shrines, give them as gifts, even occasionally hang them from our rearview mirrors. But how often do we reach […]

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Sacred Heart of Jesus: a ‘country parish’ with a servant heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish serves the southern South Bend and Lakeville communities. It’s known to be a welcoming parish, or as one couple who are members of the parish […]

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May, the Month of Mary and the Easter Season

For centuries, Catholics throughout the world have honored the Blessed Virgin Mary with special devotion during the month of May. At the same time, the month of May largely corresponds […]

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The power of gentleness

About 15 years ago, when all my children were still at home, I contracted a severe upper respiratory infection. One of the side effects was that I completely lost my […]

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Those who turn from Jesus, the Good Shepherd, walk into peril

Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:1-10 Readings from the Acts of the Apostles frequently occur during the Easter season. They clearly show not just life in general in the first […]

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The Catholic Doctor: Nurses are the real heroes

May 6-12th is designated National Nurses week. May 6, National Nurses Day, begins the week honoring the dedicated nurses across this country for their exemplary work. The week ends on […]

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The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma

Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. Within weeks of its publication, dozens of editorials, […]

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The ethics of New Age medicine

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, […]