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‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name’

Every 12 months or so, I’ll remind my wife that I would like the recessional at my funeral to be “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.” I mentioned this to […]

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Finding God in the wilderness 

The sense of place and pull to the wild that inspired Nick Ripatrozone’s new book are tucked in his very name. The rip-roaring surname is the name of a mountain […]

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Going buggy with Brood X

When I first learned of the imminent arrival of the 17-year cicadas, Brood X according to those who name such things, it brought to mind my years in the Midwest. […]

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Five ways to pray for marriages in June

June is a special month for my husband and me, because we, like so many others, celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our date is extra meaningful because we share it with […]

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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 […]