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‘The Crown’ and the primacy of grace

Spoiler alert Like, I daresay, most of the English-speaking world, these past couple of years I’ve been watching episodes of “The Crown,” the beautifully filmed, marvelously written program on the […]

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Finding reason to hope amid the pessimism

My father-in-law, Joseph, was a wonderful guy. An immigrant who passionately loved America, he was hardworking, honest and thrifty. He had a laborer’s hands but a poet’s mind. Joseph had […]

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Rudolph to the rescue: the triumph of an under-deer

Robert May was painfully aware of the distance between his dreams and his reality. The 34-year-old Dartmouth graduate had long fantasized about writing the great American novel. Instead, he was […]

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Christmas is proof that God believes in us

Recently, a friend recounted all of the activities ahead of her to get ready for the Christmas season: shopping, baking, decorating, getting cards out and spending extra hours at the […]

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God is not an insurance policy

You know the commercials: “15 minutes could save you 15% or more.” “Like a good neighbor…” “You’re in good hands…” In this land of plenty, we like to protect our […]

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Medicine and a ‘sense of the sacred’

As clergy, we touch upon very holy realities when we baptize, consecrate the Eucharist, give absolution to sinners or anoint the sick. These special moments engage divine grace in deep […]

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God’s power paradox

One of the great cries of Advent is for God to rend the heavens and come down (Is 64:1), for Him to stir up His mighty power and come to […]

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A home for generation woke

“Oh, you’re a millennial.” He said it like a curse word, his voice dripping with sarcasm and contempt. I nodded. “Born in 1989. Full blown, through and through.” I thought […]

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Happy holy days

Is it my imagination, or has the Christmas shopping season (or “holiday shopping season”) extended itself by another few weeks? What we used to call “Black Friday” sales, beginning the […]

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Be fruitful and multiply

Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a Gates Foundation event in New York, suggested that no well-educated woman would have a large family. “Present me the woman who […]

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A talk on the Hill

A couple of weeks ago, I had the distinct privilege of addressing an audience of senators, representatives and Capitol Hill staffers in a beautiful room at the Library of Congress. […]

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Christ is the image of God, and our redeemer

Feast of Christ The King Luke 23:35-43 The Second Book of Samuel furnishes the first biblical reading for this feast, marking the close of the Church year. Once, the two […]