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Time for a reboot in the backside

While autumn is by far my favorite of the four seasons (although Frankie Valli does come in a close second — this is for a priest friend of mine who is a whiz at referencing …

Praying for loved ones

On October 17, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey that showed that 65 percent of American adults now say that they’re Christians, down 12 percentage points …

The Communion of Saints and our Catholic DNA

Anne Bernays wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe a few weeks ago in which she described being born into a secular Jewish family that had denounced their religion in the wake of …

Palliative sedation while approaching death

Because suffering almost always imposes itself on us during life, and especially at the end of life, it can be helpful to reflect on the need to accept some personal suffering …

Threading the needle

Despite a tense political landscape that can be overwhelming at times, two overriding facts of life should draw us back from an emotional precipice. The first is that much of the …

On Cardinal Newman becoming a saint

On Sunday, October 13, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) in Rome. This 19th-century English convert to Catholicism was a brilliant …

Salvation has come to this house

What is lost? How often do we search frantically for something we misplaced, only to find it where we left it, or after hours of searching, find out that someone else had taken …

In the heat of the day

Most of my readers will have been familiar with the 1967 movie, “In the Heat of the Night” starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, later to be followed in the ’80s and ’90s …

The light in Death Valley

This summer I had the opportunity to share with educators a film that starts with the few stars one can see in the city sky and ends with the spectacular night sky above Death Valley. If you have never seen this sight, go to

Discover the Way

The story is told of a captain of a battleship doing maneuvers. It’s a dark, foggy night and off in the distance there is a light and his ship is moving towards this light. And it’s on a collision course. 

Just enjoy some Son

I heard something on KLove the other day about the distance to the sun. The sun is the closest star that we know about and it is still almost 93 million miles away. Ninety-three million miles away!!

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. …

Jean Vanier: A prophet for our time

When I was first asked to write this column, I must admit that I struggled with the proper subject. It was the recent death of a saintly, prophetic figure that clarified the matter for me.


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