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A big win for the little guy

Art Cullen has his gripes about Catholicism, but he cannot deny its influence on the work that last month won him a Pulitzer Prize.

 
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mystagogy calls all Christians to encounter risen Lord
At the conclusion of the Mass I attended on Easter while visiting in New Jersey, the pastor repeated what appeared to be his annual Easter joke. Many people applauded when he asked if they wanted to hear it, and many smiled knowingly, already in on the punchline.  More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
See the success within the failure
Winter rain brought blessed moisture to Southern California, and nature is now thriving. People who carefully protected their gardens, trees and all, during our very harsh drought are benefiting from their foresight and faith. More ...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A fond farewell
This column is a "fond farewell" to those who have enjoyed my writing over the years. Writing a column is like putting a note in a bottle and tossing it into the river so it can float down and across the bay and out into the ocean.  More ...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Resurrection through Mary's eyes
Easter joy is here! Finally, the days of penitence are over and we're called to celebrate Our Lord's Resurrection. The Mass readings focus now on the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to the apostles and their exuberance over seeing him again. More ...
Sunday, April 16, 2017
What you discover when excuses are eliminated
People expect excuses. Ask any question, and the answer you hear is undeniable proof. More ...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The ambiguity of the empty cross
During the 40 days of Lent, Catholics prepared spiritually and liturgically to celebrate Easter. Yes, it was worthy. The Lord is risen!  More ...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
LIFE ISSUES FORUM -- We follow one who wept
In C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves, we recall that, in addition to physical anguish, Jesus also experienced heartbreak. How consoling it is that He doesn't simply know about our pain, as if He were merely observing it from a distance. More ...
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Who put Christ on the cross?
The crucifixion of Our Lord is almost always depicted in art showing the torture from asphyxiation on the cross, the nails, the wound made by the spear, the crown of thorns or the beating on the way to Calvary. More ...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
A volunteer's experience
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps was young -- and so was I -- when I first arrived at a remote Alaskan village to teach school at a Jesuit boarding school for Native Alaskan students as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. More ...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Nothing is ever really ours
Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment.  More ...
Monday, April 3, 2017
Learning from great innovations that existed all along
When it comes to advances made by the human race, we owe a lot to the plants and animals that surround us. While many discoveries began before the dawn of recorded time, they continue to inspire many of our greatest advances, both great and small. More ...
Friday, March 31, 2017
Who put Christ on the cross?
The crucifixion of Our Lord is almost always depicted in art showing the torture from asphyxiation on the cross, the nails, the wound made by the spear, the crown of thorns or the beating on the way to Calvary. More ...
Friday, March 31, 2017
On a Lenten journey, love takes us though the pain
Looking back over Lents past, I have to admit my most meaningful Lenten experience happened when I spent the week before Easter in the hospital with my youngest son. More ...
Monday, March 27, 2017
Doing violence in God's name

We still do violence and evil and justify them in God’s name. We see countless examples of this in history.

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Monday, March 27, 2017
Nations, like persons, must learn how to forgive
Among the many things that President Donald Trump might learn from President Abraham Lincoln is the wisdom of national forgiveness. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The sins we ignore
When I was a young woman, I saved my money from my first year of teaching and left for Ireland the following summer. Young and a bit naive, I simply purchased a one-way ticket for my lifelong dream and flew to Shannon. More ...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Spring and Easter cleaning
A bright morning sun came shining through the patio's sliding glass door and showed me what a poor job I had done vacuuming and dusting. More ...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Nothing is ever really ours
Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment. Everything is gift. Nothing can be ultimately claimed as our own. More ...
Saturday, March 18, 2017



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