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Random thoughts and caveats

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is how it’s well known that preschool-age children who go to day care centers have more respiratory illnesses than those children […]

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Finding God in all things

There is, to be sure, a stress within the Biblical tradition that God is radically other: “Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” […]

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Summer at the lake

Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with […]

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Securing authentic children’s rights

Children require extensive support and protection to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They are uniquely dependent on their parents because they are particularly vulnerable. Often they are unable […]

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The summer reading list

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure:  John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln’s secretary and biographer, a […]

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How far is too far?

How far would you drive for Mass? I don’t know if anyone has ever done a study of such a pedestrian topic, but it is a question that will become […]

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‘God wants me to be happy’

A reflection on a deeply flawed moral stance One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us […]

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How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. Yet […]

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A Year in the Eternal City

It’s hard to believe, but almost a year has passed since I last saw my beautiful homeland (the United States) and came to Europe. A lot has changed in that […]

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Suppose we let the people decide

In May, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt that states have sovereign immunity from suits brought by individuals in the courts of another […]

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Back in the days of giants

I would like to tell you about a very special physician who roamed the halls of St. Joseph, Lutheran and Parkview hospitals years ago. His name is Dr. Michael Mastrangelo. […]

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Wake up: the real danger posed by the California confession bill

Senate Bill 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state Senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts […]