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The need for community
Here's a great Irish saying: "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." More ...
Monday, August 14, 2017

Persevering in prayer
The daughter of a good friend of mine died this week of a drug overdose. More ...
Monday, August 14, 2017
The sacred act of dishwashing
I hate dishwashing. More ...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Demystifying the virtue of humility
C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of ourselves; it is thinking of ourselves less.” More ...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Fixes for the problem of life direction
On Friday, my cable went out. An ominous error message appeared on the screen, sticking like glue.  More ...
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
A deacon's spiritual toolbox for troubled times
Deacon Don Grossnickle served the Archdiocese of Chicago for many years as a Disability Outreach Coordinator. More ...
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
When it comes to God, real love requires more than leftovers
Great Danes standing outside the entrance as if they were waiting in line for a treat. More ...
Friday, August 4, 2017
Six deadly sins
One of my favorite criticisms of the church is that it is fixated on sex. "Why is the church so obsessed with what I do in the bedroom," I will be asked with great seriousness. More ...
Monday, July 31, 2017
It's time to say goodbye
For the past 26 years -- September 1991, for crying out loud -- I've had the pleasure, privilege and sometimes panic of writing a monthly family column for Catholic News Service. More ...
Monday, July 31, 2017
Priest holes & history lessons: embracing our ancient faith
Nicholas Owen was canonized 364 years after his death. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Three Abrahamic faiths on one campus
It's not often that I visit a mosque. It's more unusual to visit Omaha's newest mosque and be directed to park in the synagogue parking lot. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Gospel challenge to enjoy our lives
Joy is an infallible indication of God's presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship. What a paradox! And Jesus is to blame. More ...
Monday, July 24, 2017
Allow Jesus to disrupt you
In a recent post to The Christophers’ Leadership in Mercy online storytelling platform, Jim Collins recalls having a moment of doubt when he first worked with the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica. More ...
Monday, July 24, 2017
The nature of simplicity
Torrential rains have reversed the over-dry conditions plaguing California. But on one particular mountainside a drought of a different kind persists: Visits from the outside world have dried up at New Camaldoli Benedictine Hermitage in Big Sur, California. More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017
A closer look at death row
The day that Matt Puckett was executed by the state of Mississippi, I was caught in an emotional conundrum. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Is touching believing?
As I write this, on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, I am reminded of the Caravaggio painting in which Doubting Thomas places his hand in the wounded side of Our Lord.  More ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Three questions for vocational discernment
It was a hot, sunny day in early September and the lawn around me was a sea of colorful banners and signs advertising debate clubs and Ultimate Frisbee teams. More ...
Saturday, July 8, 2017
The challenge of being the Body of Christ
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) challenges us to this day with a poem titled "Christ Has No Body," quoted recently by Lynn Campbell, executive director of the Office of Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut: More ...
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Healing together in Christ
Dr. Chuck Dietzen was the winner of two awards at our recent Christopher Awards ceremony More ...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017



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