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Finding her voice in a world without sound
Mandy Harvey has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, and it goes beyond the fact that the deaf singer recently earned a fourth-place finish on the TV series “America's Got Talent.” More ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No baby but still giving thanks
Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. More ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
A threat to our decency
Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Problems with packaging
Do you struggle with packaging? More ...
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Take action against gun violence
I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. More ...
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The ones who won't be home for the holidays
This season sparkles with joy. We open our homes to family and friends, greeting each other at wreath-decked doors under twinkling lights. More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
When it comes to priesthood, parishioners, family have role to play, too
As director of Vocations for our Diocese, I would like to invite you to pray that more young people might hear and answer the Lord’s call to priesthood and religious life in our Diocese.  More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Paralysis, exasperation and helplessness as prayer
Several years ago I received an email that literally stopped my breath. More ...
Monday, November 6, 2017
The unlikeliest hero of Hacksaw Ridge
On Veterans Day, we salute all those who’ve served in our Armed Forces, and we hopefully come to appreciate the stories of how and why they served. More ...
Monday, November 6, 2017
Grateful to make peace with the metronome
The metronome is an instrument that makes the "click-clack, click-clack" sound as it swings its arm to keep tempo for musicians. It could be the companion to great musicianship or, for me, an annoyance which I thought I had banished forever. More ...
Friday, November 3, 2017
A tale of two popes
There's a quote attributed, probably falsely, to Mark Twain that observes, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." More ...
Friday, November 3, 2017
The clear light of Blessed Chiara Badano
Blessed Chiara Badano was born in 1971 in the northern Italian village of Sassello. At the age of nine, she joined the Focolare Movement, a Catholic organization dedicated to the brotherhood of all mankind. More ...
Sunday, October 29, 2017
A call for intergenerational solidarity
I can still feel the thick plastic cover over the checkered tablecloths under my fingers, still smell the faint aroma of almond extract mixed with something like mothballs in my nose. More ...
Sunday, October 29, 2017
New media environments change our sensibilities, even our religious ones
A recent headline proclaimed, "Potential Senate candidate Kid Rock fires back at Eminem for his anti-President Trump rap." More ...
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Language as opening or closing our minds
Closing of the American Mind. This was his thesis:  In our secularized world today our language is becoming ever-more empirical, one-dimensional, and devoid of depth and this is closing our minds by stripping us of the deeper meanings inside our own experience.  More ...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Life's unfinished symphony
Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too soon. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Are you ready to be a child again?
This time of year always brings me back to my childhood. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Whole-life perspective: How one young activist thinks about social justice
As a college student, I spend much of my time deliberating the great questions of our day, not least among them: the limp salad or the pizza? More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Order from chaos: Learning from disasters' first responders
How do they do it? More ...
Thursday, October 12, 2017

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