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A Lenten Reflection on the Sunday Gospels

A Lenten Reflection on the Sunday Gospels             The Gospel passages for the five Sundays of Lent, leading up to Passion Sunday and Holy Week, include the following: The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert (1st Sunday, Luke 4:1-13), The Transfiguration of Jesus (2nd Sunday, Luke 9:28-36), The Samaritan...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Awakening lives and consciences

Awakening lives and consciences             Pope Francis, who celebrated his 79th birthday in December, has not wasted any precious time making the most of his papacy.  Although there have been several special years of grace (e.g. The Year of St. Paul, The Year of the Priest, etc.), rarely...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Let us seek mercy and be merciful during 'Jubilee Year of Mercy'

Let us seek mercy and be merciful during 'Jubilee Year of Mercy' In just a matter of weeks, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, as proclaimed by Pope Francis, will begin on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  In his “Bull of Indiction,” Misericordiae Vultus, dated April 11 of this year, Pope Francis explains in detail both his r...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Society is founded in marriage and the family

Society is founded in marriage and the family I recently attended the annual meeting of the Canon Law Society of America, which was held this year in Pittsburgh, Pa.  I realize that neither Canon Law nor Pittsburgh may sound very exciting to many, but it was quite informative. I recall one particular presentation regarding marriage and fa...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Papal Visit 2015: Experience & Reflections of a Bishop

Papal Visit 2015: Experience & Reflections of a Bishop To state the obvious, papal visits to the U.S. don't happen every day. With that in mind, I certainly could not miss the opportunity as a bishop to be a part of such a historic event. As a bishop, I had been given the opportunity to participate in various events with Pope Francis in Washi...
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Friday, October 02, 2015

We must see through Jesus' eyes

We must see through Jesus' eyes             In the Encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), published on 29 June 2013, Pope Francis explained the nature of Christian faith as follows:  “In faith, Christ is not simply the one in whom we believe, the supreme man...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The interrelatedness of life and creation

The interrelatedness of life and creation Pope Francis has lamented the fact that a drastic drop in the stock market grabs the headlines and prompts more attention than the capsizing of an overcrowded boat of refugees or some other devastation to human life.  Recently, social media has been lit up by the public outcry over the illegal...
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

We must embrace a consistent ethic of life

We must embrace a consistent ethic of life     Most of us are familiar with a well-known quip from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet; “What’s in a name?”  At the risk of labeling ourselves or others, we tend to use various words to describe personal characteristics, qualities or positions.  However...
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Monday, July 13, 2015

An Encyclical for the 21st Century

An Encyclical for the 21st Century Pope Francis’ newly released Encyclical Letter on the Environment, Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”), is very much in line with Catholic Social Teaching and pronouncements of previous popes.  In his own unique style, with his encyclical letter emphasizing “care for...
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Monday, June 29, 2015

We are called to proclaim the Gospel truth beyond popular opinion

We are called to proclaim the Gospel truth beyond popular opinion             For the fourth consecutive year, the Bishops of the United States are calling on all the faithful to keep the Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4.  This year’s theme, “Freedom to Bear Witness,” draws on the...
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Monday, June 22, 2015