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In preparing to vote, aim to recognize what is at stake

What is at stake when we vote? The question echoes ceaselessly at election time. Many prepare to vote by asking what is at stake for...

Patience: The coronavirus pandemic and the human family’s bonds

As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way around the globe in 2020, people of all races, ages and walks of life watched and waited....

Memories of St. John Paul II on his 100th birthday

Do I remember St. John Paul II? Yes, I remember him well. I write of him as the centennial of his birth May 18, 1920,...

The Easter Vigil: Light overcomes darkness

"This is the night," the church sings out again and again in a poetic hymn dating far back in Christian history called the Exsultet....

Fasting to be the person God is calling

"We must love with our eyes open," Canterbury's Archbishop Justin Welby said last October. Saints, the Anglican leader advised, are people who are able...

Gifts of the Spirit: Why the gift of piety is more...

We know real piety when we see it, right? Yes, but no. Pope Francis expressed concern in a 2014 talk that piety, known as...

Gifts of the Spirit: Is there room for wisdom in the...

The people I know never call themselves "wise." They may be wise, but they don't say so. Possibly they fear sounding haughty. Or possibly they...

Scripture tells the multifaceted story of John the Baptist

The story of John the Baptist really begins when he ... But wait! His story is multifaceted in ways history often overlooked. How should...

Spiritual guides keep us connected to God’s grace

An appreciation for "the givenness of life" helps people thrive in their daily existence. The world around them needs this appreciation too. But what is...

Vatican I anniversary points to Vatican II connection

Doesn't every ecumenical council of the church, drawing bishops together from around the world, begin and conclude on definite dates? Yes, but no. When,...

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