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Father’s Day: Faith, fathers and the real power of persuasion

"My son," says the Book of Proverbs, "do not despise the Lord's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those...

Pentecost: Know forgiveness, know peace; no forgiveness, no peace

"Peace be with you," Jesus says in the Gospel reading for Pentecost Sunday (Jn 20:19). Peace — as in harmony, or even as in a...

Forgiveness, both giving and receiving, is core to our Catholic faith

Forgiveness -- both seeking and offering it -- is one of the great challenges of our Catholic faith. But it is also among its...

Gifts of the Spirit: Piety is compassion to be shared

It was raining hard the day our son, then a high school freshman, encountered a rain-drenched student he did not know but who, unlike...

Gifts of the Spirit: Knowledge is more than just facts

What is knowledge? More specifically, what is knowledge in relation to our Catholic faith? Several years ago, I came upon St. Bonaventure's "Prayer for the...

Justice, peace and the call of our baptism

Some awfully nice visions of the future are painted in this year's readings for the Second Sunday of Advent -- peace and justice, primarily. But...

Thanksgiving: Gratitude for God’s gifts in the face of trying times

This time a year ago, less than 20 miles from where I live in Southern California, a dozen people were killed and a dozen...

Having an experience that defies an earthly explanation

My wife tells a story about her dad and their special connection — a connection that transcended this life and one that defies a...

Easter is a beginning of faith and redemption

Near the end of "Jesus of Nazareth," the acclaimed 1977 miniseries, those who put Jesus to death are alarmed, to say the least, at...

The Transfiguration: An invitation to Lenten obedience and self-denial

"This is my chosen Son; listen to him." So what else is new, right? Are we not told regularly, throughout the liturgical year, to listen...

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