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Of a Lesser-Known Gospel Story that is Pretty “Cool”

Recently I was talking to a group of young adult Catholics and mentioned a gospel passage that they said they had never heard. It is the Gospel of the temple […]

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Let Us Double Our Seminarians!

It was fully my intention to have all of the Winona-Rochester seminarians stand at one point during my installation Mass homily. I had told the people that, in the words of St. […]

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God’s Gifts Guide Us to Heaven

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 19:1-10 The Book of Wisdom provides this weekend’s first reading. As the natural environment has absorbed more and more public interest, the pope and […]

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Joyful Saints

To an extrovert like myself, being part of a joyful crowd is a foretaste of heaven. A crowd of happy people generates even more laughter and joy, much like a […]

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Wisdom of Night Prayer

“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled.”  Thus begins the Canticle of Simeon, the prayer drawn from the words of the prophet who held […]

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An Imaginative Awakening

One reason to travel, either literally or through reading, is to break out of the everyday habits of the mind that prevent us from seeing the world in a different […]

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Show Humility Before God’s Greatness

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 18:9-14 The Book of Sirach, one of those books classified by scholars collectively as the Wisdom literature, provides this weekend’s first Scriptural reading.  The […]

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Counseling the Counselors: Providing More Support to Our Priests 

Is there still a stigma around mental illness? Is it more pronounced among priests?  The answer to those questions became resoundingly clear last summer when Paul Ruff addressed a gathering […]

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What the ‘Wedding Foot Washing’ Gets Right About Marriage and Faith

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the photograph of the group of little kids. They were gathered on the edge of the dance floor — five of them — sitting in […]

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The 60th Anniversary of Vatican II

I am composing these words on October 11, 2022, which is the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, easily the most momentous ecclesial event of the 20th century. […]

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God Knocks, We Must Answer

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 18:1-8 The Book of Exodus is the source of this weekend’s first reading. As might be assumed from the book’s name, Exodus is a […]

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‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’

Episode 5 of Amazon’s new series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” opens with a haunting melody composed for the show. “This Wandering Day,” sung by Poppy […]