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Looking at the 'why, who and what' of our online content

Looking at the 'why, who and what' of our online content   Why do we post Catholic content online? Who are we trying to reach? What’s our goal?   I remember reading last fall about research conducted by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. Catholics surveyed told CARA that they got most of their new...
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Monday, June 09, 2014

3 words prevail during high school commencements

3 words prevail during high school commencements   Recently, God blessed me with opportunities to attend all four of our Catholic high schools’ commencement ceremonies. At every event, three words prevailed; more about them soon.   Hundreds of outstanding young men and women crossed stages and received their diplomas from Bishop C...
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Monday, May 26, 2014

'Playing the proud Papa' becomes me!

'Playing the proud Papa' becomes me!  One of the neatest things I get to do these days is something I’ve come to call “playing the proud Papa.” And you – the diocesan family – are, collectively, the reason I get to do it. This kind of pride isn’t the sinful variety; at least, I don’t beli...
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Monday, May 12, 2014

He is a Saint, I say!

He is a Saint, I say!  He is a Saint, I say! That headline actually is the lead to this column.  “Who,” you ask … “who is a Saint?”  Pope Francis.  I believe we are living in a very special time in the history of the Church – a time when we have a bona fide Saint l...
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Monday, April 28, 2014

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