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Vocation equals accompaniment

By Brother Javier Hansen The approaching synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” next month in Rome is of huge importance to the Church. If you had told me […]

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Random thoughts and caveats

Keeping up on what is new in health and medicine can be a challenge. I have recently read some interesting articles involving food and beverages that I thought I would […]

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When it is not easy

I graduated from college back in 1985. Reagan was president, and the economy was doing great. I had several job offers, which would tide me over for a couple years. […]

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Letter to an angry friend

My friend, thank you for writing. You have every right to be angry. The recent revelations about sexual abuses and what Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo calls the “grave moral failures […]

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Flowers for Mary: finding beauty in the backyard

Janet Easter is experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions as she arranges a bouquet in her backyard, and she is unfazed. “I’m having contractions, which is hilarious,” she says, stripping the leaves […]

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Summer enchantment

For prayer, I sit next to a window by a small tiered terrace. During summer, it overflows with red dragon wing begonias interspersed with pink hydrangeas and slender curly stalks […]

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Promethean medical temptations

Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become masters of our own destiny. Yet even as […]

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Affirming and celebrating ‘Humanae Vitae’

July 25 was the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae,” Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on the integrity of love and the appropriate means of family planning. Issued during the cultural meltdown […]

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Celebrating our technicolor glory

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving […]

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A great life and a good death

On June 20, a great woman by the name of Josephine entered the kingdom of God. I had the honor of knowing her for 45 years. She was the mother […]

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The inspiration of St. Mother Theodore Guerin

The following is the homily given by Bishop Rhoades at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on July 22, at the end of the Diocesan Heritage Pilgrimage: I have wanted to come here to […]

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The smoke over medical marijuana

A comprehensive 2015 scientific review found medical marijuana to be useful only for a small number of medical conditions. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an international team of […]