The best gift

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I was driving home from church a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning and it was Father’s Day. As is often...

Man down: The crisis of Catholic men and what to do about it

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Some memories are so vivid that you can almost taste them. My memories of my maternal grandfather are like that for me: the sight...

The little Civic that couldn’t: Signs of damage

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It was the hottest day of the summer in Chesapeake, Va., and throughout the area of Hampton Roads. I am certain that there were...

A mother fights back

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In 1987 and 1988 beaches along the shores of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey were awash with sewerage and medical waste, including used...

An apostle of Eucharistic Revival for every age

Earlier this week, on August 2, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Peter Julien Eymard (1811-1868), whom future generations have rightly come to...

A hand up to walk together in kindness

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As an adolescent, the tale of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42) always puzzled me. We are called to be doers (and not just hearers)...

The climb

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I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older, or some of today’s music artists have poor diction, but many times I can’t understand...

God’s magnificent tapestry comes to life

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Wow, I don’t know where to start this column, so I’ll use a favorite method of operation of mine, song lyrics. In 1987, the...

St. John Vianney’s pastoral plan for Eucharistic Revival

As Catholics in the United States enter more deeply into the three-year Eucharistic Revival inaugurated by the American bishops last month on the Solemnity...

Down to earth

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It was 4:30 a.m. as I stepped out onto the back porch and looked skyward. There it was, clearly visible to the naked eye...

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