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We Can Be More Merciful Without Courting Sacrilege

Controversy erupted surrounding the funeral of transgender activist Cecilia Gentili, which was hosted at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City. Roughly 1,000 mourners turned out for the memorial for […]

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Allow Jesus to Transfigure Our Lives, How We See Others

Second Sunday of Lent The Book of Genesis is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Often, Genesis is associated with its creation narratives. Much else is included in Genesis. […]

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Elmo and the Challenge of Lent

For two or three days in January, a furry red Muppet’s concern for the well-being of his followers became news, dominating Twitter, now “X,” and sparking discussions from National Public […]

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Let Lent Be Lent

Two items came across my radar screen as we began the holy season of Lent. The first was a short video of a disco rave that took place (I’m not […]

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Lenten Advice from Padre Pio: ‘Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry’

During this Lenten season, many parishes offer the traditional devotion of the Stations of the Cross, which recalls the last hours of the passion of Jesus as he was condemned […]

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Christ Never Forgets He Loves Us

“Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old.” Though there are two rich options for the entrance antiphon this Second Sunday of Lent, […]

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Our Actions, Desire for His Mercy, Show Our Love for God

First Sunday of Lent The first reading, from the Book of Genesis, presents the familiar story of Noah. It is a story of a contrast and of the consequences of […]

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Grammys’ ‘Fast Car’ Chatter Exposes the Need for Love

“You got a fast car / I got a job that pays all our bills / You stay out drinking late at the bar / See more of your friends […]

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How Boredom Helps Us to Know God (and Ourselves)

St. Augustine famously said, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee,” but what exactly is the “restlessness” from which we’re being rescued? I think Augustine was […]

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Walking with St. Francis in Assisi

Fourteen meetings in six days may be a very efficient way to use one’s time, but perhaps it is not the best way to enjoy Italy. Landing in Rome on […]

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Understanding Our Lenten Call to Conversion and Repentance

“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” The First Sunday of Lent is upon us, and through the readings and prayers, we dive right […]

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We Yearn to Be with Jesus, the Source of Life and Peace

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this weekend comes from the Book of Leviticus. In sequence, Leviticus is the third book in modern translations of the Bible. […]