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Tell Me It’s Real! Contemplating the Love of Christ

As a product of the ’90s, there are certain songs that will come to my mind almost spontaneously. After reading the Gospel for Guadete Sunday about John the Baptist sending […]

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In Advent, Our Entire Focus Should Be on the Coming of Christ

Second Sunday of Advent The second part of the Book of Isaiah provides the first reading for this Second Sunday of Advent. When this book was written, God’s people were […]

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How Do We Win the Abortion Battle? Maybe Like This

For abortion’s opponents, it has been a frustrating year. When it came to the courts, the pro-life movement scored its most significant victory when the U.S. Supreme Court in 2022 […]

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My Experience at the Synod

Now that I’ve had a bit of time to readjust to my normal rhythm and to think through the rather extraordinary experience of the last month in Rome, I would […]

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Heaven’s Construction Company and Paving the Way for Christ

One of my favorite characters of the Advent season is St. John the Baptist. And let’s be honest, he’s kind of a crazy figure. In the Gospel for the Second […]

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You Don’t Really Know Who You Are

One of the most important rules for living in the world is: You are probably not who you think you are, and many others know you better than you know […]

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Advent Offers Us a Chance to Truly Encounter the Living God

First Sunday of Advent This weekend, the Church begins Advent. It begins the use of biblical readings from Year B of its three-year cycle. It is also the beginning of […]

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A Powerful Advent Lesson on Delayed Gratification

When my sisters and I were young, my mother would spend all Advent baking cookies and making candy. That may hardly seem remarkable; after all, countless millions of Christmas cookies […]

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In Advent, We Prepare for the Coming of Christ – and His Second Coming

I must admit, Advent is my favorite liturgical season of the year. Yes, I know the Christmas and Easter seasons are more important in terms of their recounting of salvation […]

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Learning About Eucharistic Desire from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

My family made a recent visit to the new museum at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I’ve always been drawn to St. Elizabeth’s story. […]

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We Belong to Christ the King, and He Belongs to Us

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe This weekend, the Church concludes its liturgical year of 2023. Next week, a new year will begin with the First […]

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If There Is No Patron Saint for Your Cause, Become One

Recently, my friend David retired after a long career in radio. I had many great conversations with him through the years during the morning show on Portland’s Catholic radio station, […]