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Praying to change a sad truth over the Easter Triduum

Praying to change a sad truth over the Easter Triduum   Nothing surprises me any more, but some things still make me sad. Kirstin Ethridge discussed one of them in last week’s 1 Timothy column. As you sit in an overflowing church this weekend for the Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday Mass, think about this … pray about it.   Accordin...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pope Francis presents Mary as our collective Christian hope

Pope Francis presents Mary as our collective Christian hope   Last fall, Pope Francis visited the Benedictine Camaldolese Monastery of Sant’Antonio Abate on the Roman Aventine Hill, on the occasion of the World Day of Contemplative Life and the Year of Faith. He made remarks about our Blessed Mother, and I find them most appropriate to share duri...
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Monday, March 31, 2014

On social media as a tool to open hearts and minds

On social media as a tool to open hearts and minds   News outlets across the world recently heralded the 25th birthday of the Internet. That birthday came on the heels of a fleeting cyberspace moment that, in my opinion, sent a significant message. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres “broke” Twitter by urging people to retweet a photo she too...
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Prepare for a reminder of the 'true big picture'

Prepare for a reminder of the 'true big picture' Every year about this time, we Catholics hear 12 words that ought to take our breath away. In the time it takes to say those words … while making the sign of the cross on our foreheads with the ashes of palm leaves … our priests remind us of the TRUE big picture:   “Remember...
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Thoughts on Lent, suffering, sacrifice and Confession

Thoughts on Lent, suffering, sacrifice and Confession Lent begins next week, and penance is its foundation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (see paragraph Nos. 1430-1439) notes that penance is part of the call to conversion – first of our interior selves, then outwardly through visible signs. I urge you to read these few paragraphs soon. Th...
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Human trafficking brings a call to prayer

Human trafficking brings a call to prayer   This weekend – especially Saturday – pray to St. Josephine Bakhita. Ask her to intercede for the survivors and victims of human trafficking.   Saturday is the National Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking, which was designated and approved by the U.S....
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Monday, February 03, 2014

A(nother) step into the future . . .

A(nother) step into the future . . .   The unknown that lies before is always an act of faith. It is more than the belief that the risk of a new adventure will bring variables, changes and unforeseen realities. It is faith because of a firm conviction that man does not walk alone. He walks with his sometimes unseen and unfelt fel...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Renewal through 'the most expressive icon of Christian hope'

Renewal through 'the most expressive icon of Christian hope' For as long as I can remember, hope has consumed my thoughts at the start of a new year. We go to Mass that day to observe the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Just a few short months ago, Pope Francis offered a beautiful insight that helped me understand why my hope soars on the first day of the...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

'It's beginning to look a lot like ….'

'It's beginning to look a lot like ….'   I suspect it’s impossible to read the headline above without hearing the melody that accompanies it in their minds. Certainly, it’s from a traditional and very popular Christmas song.   I didn’t write that headline because it’s from my favorite Christmas song. Ac...
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The time for New Year's resolutions is now

The time for New Year's resolutions is now   Now that we’re almost a week into the new year, how are you doing with your resolutions?   Wait … what?! It’s not time for resolutions? The new year is still weeks off, you say?   Not in our Church. The first Sunday of Advent – Dec. 1 this year – marks...
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Monday, December 02, 2013