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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 […]

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Jesus walks

Any Christian who goes to Jerusalem will come away inspired by the experience of visiting a city where Jesus walked. Of course, as with all tourist sites, there is a […]

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Don’t miss out on Advent this year

Anyone who has ever had, or spent any time with children knows that the act of waiting isn’t a strong suit for that demographic. From the road trip cliché “Are […]

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A meditation on the dramatic battle in which we live

A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. Yet here we are living in the midst […]

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The kingdom of the Almighty God has no end

Feast of Christ the King John 18:33b-37 This weekend, in great joy and thanksgiving, the Church closes its year. As it looks back through the days and months of 2021, […]

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The divine order of the world: Christ the King

“Don’t allow donkeys or elephants to make you forget that we belong to the Lamb of God!” was my favorite election time slogan last year. While political parties roared and […]

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Why equity, diversity and inclusivity are not absolute values

In the wake of the French Revolution, the triplet of “liberty, equality, fraternity” emerged as a moral compass for the secular society. Something similar has happened today in regard to […]

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This Advent, focus on presence, not presents

I ordered our matching Christmas pajamas in early October. Worried about supply chain issues and shipping delays, I picked the Nordic blue print we liked best and bought them 11 […]

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The miracle we share at every Mass

At their fall meeting, the bishops will have a chance to review, amend and vote on a draft statement titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the […]

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Don’t forget to pray for our bishops as they meet in Baltimore

For the first time since November 2019, the U.S. bishops will convene in person as a body on Nov. 15-18 to discuss, debate and vote on matters in the life […]

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Sexual atoms and molecules

A major issue in bioethics today involves “informed consent,” but some try to make everything about consent. This is especially notable when it comes to ethical discussions around the exercise of […]

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God loves us deeply and wants our love in return

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44 The First Book of Kings furnishes this weekend’s first reading from the Scriptures. Political governance, in the minds of the ancient Hebrews, was […]