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Finding Christ in brokenness
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is known as a global force for good because of the services and human kindness they provide to people in need. More ...
Friday, March 16, 2018

The Church as field hospital for the wounded
"Can I keep you?" Casper whispers into Kat's ear, and she ever so softly agrees. Somehow in that moment it didn't matter that Kat was human and Casper was a ghost -- an attraction crossed that very real divide. More ...
Friday, March 16, 2018
Patience keeps us connected to God
Helen Keller once said, “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” More ...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
How the season of Lent challenges us
Since Lent commemorates the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting, our most common response is to give up something during this penitential season. Most often, but not always, it is a favorite food or drink, like chocolate, another dessert or glass of wine. More ...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Prayer: Leading not into temptation
Sometime in the midst of Lent, many of us experience "those little, tempting thoughts" -- rationalizing or otherwise suggesting that we can take "one little bite" of chocolate, "Sundays don't count" or we can "double up" tomorrow on prayer or our other penitential activities that get crowded out by everyday concerns. More ...
Thursday, March 8, 2018
The serious consequences of loneliness
I woke up one morning to the news that the British had created a ministry of loneliness. I have to admit, I chuckled. It seemed a particularly English thing to do.  More ...
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Three truths that parenting taught me about Lent
Our greatest spiritual teachers can be our nearest and dearest. The familiar ones with whom we share sinks and sheets and silverware. More ...
Monday, March 5, 2018
'I sold them life': learning from the Angel of The Gap
Little did he know what a noble purpose awaited him when Don Ritchie settled into a house on Old South Head Road back in 1964. More ...
Monday, March 5, 2018
A woman rich beyond things
International Women's Day on March 8 recalls that many girls and women in developing countries still face huge barriers to an education, are denied rights to ownership of the land they labor on, have no access to health care, suffer regular beatings from their husbands, and are placed in early child marriages resulting in horrendous feminine problems when they give birth. More ...
Friday, March 2, 2018
An actor's prayer to the Holy Spirit
With his role as Frasier Crane’s father Martin on the hit TV series “Frasier,” John Mahoney entered the pantheon of lovable and comical curmudgeons that viewers welcomed into their living rooms week after week. More ...
Friday, March 2, 2018
Our ache for earthly mortality
We share the world with more than seven and a half billion people and each of us has the irrepressible, innate sense that we are special and uniquely destined. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Ending a culture of violence
A horrific mass shooting at a Florida high school has left 17 people dead and placed school violence and gun control at the forefront of public debate. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Letting love in during Lent
My love goes out to all of you this holy season of
Lent. Now that I am an old man, I see more clearly
that love is the only thing that really matters in life.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
'An act of love'
Recently, I was invited by a group working with migrants and asylum-seekers to attend a hearing for a Mexican man who faces deportation. More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Good sports
When I was about 13, I had a bad temper -- so bad that I quit playing golf. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Oblate Sisters of Providence: An American story
As we observe Black History Month in 2018, examining the early history of the Oblate Sisters of Providence can teach us several important lessons. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Joy unburdened by envy and jealousy
In an address to the people of Rome early in his pontificate, Pope Francis said, “A jealous heart is a bitter heart, a heart that instead of blood seems to have vinegar.” More ...
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Investing in young women in the church
In a recent survey conducted by America Media in collaboration with the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate, more than 67 percent of all the Catholic women who were surveyed reported that they have never participated in parish ministry. More ...
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Keep the faith and turn to the Lord in times of sadness
When I was little, I was sad because my parents wouldn’t buy me a pony. (We lived in an apartment.) When I was a teen, I was sad because I had acne. As an adult, I became sad when I started losing my hair. You might say, sadness is part of the human condition. More ...
Thursday, February 15, 2018

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