The light beyond: Responding to the Face of God

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A second-grader wailed in tears. What hurt more than the skinned knee was his friends laughing at him as well. Cardinal Van Thuan expressed it...

Those masked marvels

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Many of you readers grew up watching the Lone Ranger fight for justice. Some of you may have thrilled at the exploits of Batman...

Treasuring our future timelines

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Twenty-nine-year-old Dom Brand of South Carolina, in an apparently random act in 2020, shot and killed an 80-year-old woman named Mary Ann Elvington. His...

That’s snow business

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I’ve been writing this column since 2001, too many to mention now, but I do believe this is the first time I’ve written one...

The family that prays together …

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It’s a tagline that writes itself, and which most Catholics can finish without much thought. The family that prays together, stays together. This simple statement...

What is the purpose of a homily?

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In my last column, I discussed the Pew Research Center’s recently released study entitled, “The Digital Pulpit: A Nationwide Analysis of Online Sermons,” which...

Sexual atoms and molecules

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A major issue in bioethics today involves “informed consent,” but some try to make everything about consent. This is especially notable when it comes to...

Finding Cindy Lou Who

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This year Christmas at my home came and went without my having festive plans or even a tree. As we moved past Christmas towards...

There is a lot on their plates

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During the last year-plus, as the pandemic affected just about every routine and way of life for nearly everyone, if not everyone, I did...

A pilgrimage of faith through the streets of Manhattan

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One of the things I love to do in New York City is leading walking pilgrimages to the most beautiful churches in Manhattan.  I take...

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