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Encountering God leads to conversion, eternal life

Third Sunday of Lent Luke 13:1-9 In the first reading from the Book of Exodus, Moses encountered God. Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock when suddenly an angel appeared and […]

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Lessons from Ukraine’s witness

Putin’s war is teaching us something about ourselves, if we are paying attention. The scenes of brave Ukrainians standing in front of tanks, making Molotov cocktails, picking up arms to […]

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Allow God to fill you up

Normally I scroll past things like this, but something about it caught my eye. One of my friends had reposted a lengthy message on Facebook — basically what amounts to […]

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The poison of gossip

Just last week, I was at St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana, not far from New Orleans. I was there to address about 30 Benedictine abbots from around the country […]

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God’s love shows through in the Transfiguration

Second Sunday in Lent Luke 9:28b-36 The Book of Genesis is the source of the first reading. It is a story about Abraham, whom the Jews regard as the father […]

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Too much morphine?

To help people navigate some of the complex decisions involved in end-of-life situations, the National Catholic Bioethics Center offers a free and confidential consultation service via e-mail or phone. Often […]

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Lenten assignment: Be grateful

True gratitude is a grace, or gift, from God. It proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. We do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected or […]

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A zeal for expanding premature death

When supporters of physician-assisted suicide announced in 1993 that they would sponsor a ballot initiative to legalize it in Oregon, they had bigger plans in mind. Coalition leader Dr. Peter […]

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Thank you, Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel, a Mexican-American Catholic sister born in Brownsville, Texas, daughter of immigrants, serves as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. She has become […]

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Writing in the attic: the Catholic call to creativity 

The idea came in a dream. It was just like the movies, the fantasy of every writer who has slogged away at a keyboard, awaiting inspiration. Haley Stewart’s came.  “I […]

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McGuffey Readers

When I was in high school, my English class read Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” in an edition that showed Daphne in the altogether, as she was transformed into a laurel tree. The […]

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The deeper implications of Lenten conversion

Christian baptism involves a whole new way of looking at things, a whole new way of feeling about things, a whole new way of doing things. And this precisely means […]