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My Sergeant Pepper moment

This isn’t the first time I’ve stolen something from my good friend Father Patrick Killilea’s column. Thievery is the greatest form of flattery, or something like that, right …

A new American Blessed — and martyr for students

Over the last few weeks, there has been considerable attention given to an American whom the Church was preparing to beatify, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. 

The attention …

Hospitality

Welcome to the season of feasts when we eat well and often. The leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner have barely been consumed when we find ourselves ushering in another Liturgical …

Pushing back against evil

During a recent speech in Texas, I mentioned that “Drag Queen Story Hours” are being sponsored by local public libraries across the country. Toddlers and kids are brought …

O come, let us adore Him

So many voices rightfully press for justice in the public square, and we are increasingly asked to consider what exactly constitutes fundamental rights. The conversation, although …

Surprise! Lawyers called to holiness

The following is an excerpt from a talk I gave following the Archdiocese of Boston’s Red Mass on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

The work of a lawyer can be understood variously. …

Rejoice, for the Lord is near

Christmas is right around the corner, as we enter into the third Sunday of Advent. This weekend’s Mass is referred to as “Gaudete” Sunday which is the Latin word for “rejoice.” …

To bee or not to bee

I had just finished sharing the Gospel of the day when I felt this thing on my left hand and figured it was just a pesky fly. So I swatted it with my right hand only to feel …

The day of reckoning

The Gospel readings these past few weekends have been or will be about fire and brimstone awaiting those who make bad choices and stick with them. Our Lord did speak about consequences following Judgement Day. …

One in 10

I once heard a story about a man who had passed away and was getting a tour of Heaven with St. Peter. They approached a room that was bustling with activity. There were angels and babies everywhere. …

A Grinchy heart

I do not know how this happens, but every year since I started writing for The Anchor, I have had to write an article for the Third Sunday of Advent. Gaudete Sunday, meaning “rejoice” in Latin, is the pink Sunday of Advent. …

The greatest game

Game seven, the bottom of the ninth inning, bases loaded, two outs, down 4-1. The lingering smell of freshly cut grass and Italian sausage blend in an unusual, yet delightful combination that only a baseball stadium can produce. …

A Catholic teaching seldom explored

Catholic social teaching is often referred to as “the best kept secret of the Catholic Church.” This teaching concerns the role we as disciples of Jesus Christ play to make our world a more just and peaceful place. …

Visions of a new Church: Same as the old Church!

Changes in parishes across the country have caused many people to become angry or frustrated with the Church. Change is never easy. In our society people expect to be heard and have their opinions count. …


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