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A perfect time to become sanctuary parishes and save lives

In a time of pandemic, when lives, health and well-being are at stake, we must work together for the common good. In these pandemic moments, there should be no room […]

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Four qualities manifested by the Apostles just after Pentecost

The Apostles were dramatically changed at Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for mission that took place there. Prior to this, even after seeing the risen Lord, they […]

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Parenting a whole different ballgame

The highlight of my Little League career was a two-hitter I threw against the Knights of Columbus, the class of our league in Sharon, Pennsylvania. My team was sponsored by […]

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Stretching out to great things: a commencement address for the University of St. Thomas

The following is the text of Bishop Robert Barron’s commencement address given at the University of St. Thomas in Houston on May 8. I have the very happy responsibility today […]

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Is love the cause of hatred? The answer may surprise you

There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to […]

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This is what it means to receive the Eucharist

Dear first communicants, Congratulations! What a special time this is. It is the moment you receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. What a blessing, and what a […]

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Caring for Mom as Mom cared for me

There is a particularly unexpected twist in the saga of many families when the child suddenly starts acting the parent and the parent resembles the child. It is not a […]

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Truly loving God means loving each other

Sixth Sunday of Easter John 15:9-17  The Acts of the Apostles once again provides the first reading for a weekend in the Easter season. In this reading, the Apostle Peter […]

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The public prayers of the Church

Not long ago, you probably noticed on a change made to the public prayer of the Church —at least in English — beginning this past Lent: Prayers addressed to the […]

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Celebrating Easter more than just one Sunday

Once all the eggs are found and colorful jellybeans enjoyed, and the chocolate bunny has lost his ears, Catholics still have Easter to celebrate. The Sunday that changed everything is […]

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‘Hello World!’: advice for grads from a curious Catholic 

George Corrigan never met a person who didn’t fascinate him. The delivery guy. The plumber. The barista. He wanted to know their names and their life stories, which came tumbling […]

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Sharing abundantly

Every morning, as we wait in the drop-off line at school, my daughter Rose and I share a pack of belVita breakfast cookies. It’s usually my breakfast, half of it […]