If you loved Him more

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In preparing for my homily last weekend, I came across this story that I shared with the parish and thought might be a valuable...

Eugenics, forced sterilization, and protecting the mentally-challenged

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Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past...

Life can be a real drain

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It’s firmly established in the Jolivet Family that my brother followed in my dad’s footsteps with skilled hands and a keen eye for detail....

An occasion for reparation and rectification

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As we mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the toxic avalanche of revelations about decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors in...

Liturgical seasons

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As I write this article we are still a few days from Christmas. The gifts have been purchased (mostly), the tree is trimmed, the...

What is the end of all this anyway?

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One of the key lessons I learned when I started working as a high school teacher was to begin planning the year with the...

Auld lang syne

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The old man awakened to the muffled sound of not-so-far away explosions and regained enough of his senses to see the flashes of light...

Taking our rebirth seriously

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There is so much to take in over Christmastide, with all its feasts and images — not to mention the temporal responsibilities undergirding “the...

Growing in devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus

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One of the fruits of the Year of St. Joseph just concluded was the opportunity to enter into his contemplative, hardworking silence and to...

The soul of compassion

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At a recent convocation the speaker told a story about two Irish priests who were out for a stroll one day in the Irish...

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