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Need and gift matched for an Eritrean refugee
Not too long ago, a 15-year-old refugee from Eritrea was found walking along the side of a road in Hampton, England. More ...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The trolley problem and the presidential election
There is a thought experiment in moral philosophy, made famous by Philippa Foot, called the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a runaway trolley that you can steer but not stop. Up ahead, the track forks in two. More ...
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A lesson more than a century in the making

One of the great things about living in a digital world is that media doesn't have to be mass in order to be affordable.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016
'Digital immigrants' around the family holiday table
hen I asked my daughter what classes my grandson was taking, she told me one was called "digital immigrants." More ...
Saturday, October 15, 2016
St. Teresa of Avila reminds us of the need to 'perch for awhile'

Inevitably, while sitting at my computer trying to write, e-mail notifications distract me.  

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Parish community and the spiritual life
There are two things to remember about your spiritual life: 1) It extends way beyond your prayer life to the way you treat others, the way you spend your money, the way you maintain your self-respect and even to your politics; 2) It also includes the way you relate to God through your local parish. More ...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Rosary, Catholic schools spark social media conversations
In late September, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued a message for October, the month of the Holy Rosary. In it, the Bishop invited “all Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton to consider making this devotion part of your daily life of prayer.” More ...
Friday, October 7, 2016
The struggle to not make God our own tribal deity
I was blessed to grow up in a very sheltered and safe environment. More ...
Friday, October 7, 2016
Stark statistics and hopeful responses
To address the bishops of the U.S. mission dioceses on the topic "Economic Structures and Poverty," I spent a month poring over 300 pages of articles and reports, and I ended up reconnecting myself to some stark statistics and opening my eyes to some needed responses by us as a society. More ...
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Are outward signs of faith offensive?
I am settling into my cramped seat in a small aircraft when I smell it: the nauseating odor of fried food in close quarters. More ...
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A virtual leap of faith
While reading, writing and arithmetic took up the majority of my time in grade school, there are very few specific classes that stick out in my mind.  More ...
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Rosary puts us in communion with Jesus through the heart of Mary
During my years as a Hospice volunteer, I had some very moving and meaningful experiences. One, in particular, stands out. More ...
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Listening at the keyholes: how to love better and learn more

When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Little choices make a big difference
Car manuals say the dashboard's oil light may stay on for a few seconds after you start the engine. But mine had been lit up for longer than that as I sat in the driveway. More ...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'
It was all over Facebook when I checked my posts the other day. More ...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Don't mess with Mother Nature
Catholic children learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (seven each) about the same time they learn the seven sacraments. More ...
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Young people need to talk with their grandparents!
For many young Catholics the defining moment of the summer took place in Poland, where Pope Francis joined over a million teens and young adults for World Youth Day. More ...
Saturday, September 17, 2016
How can Catholics relate to Mary?
Of all the aspects of Mary, her motherhood is the one that takes hold of the average Catholic. We can easily imagine the indescribable intimacy that exists between a mother and son. More ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Write your own story
Imagine a scenario where answering one question correctly could win you untold riches. The challenge is simple: "From a box of DVDs featuring movies you've never seen or heard of, can you pick one that's good?" More ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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