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The fuel that keeps one priest going
Father Al Scott of Long Beach, California, may be 85 and retired, but his passion and energy for Jesus and the Church serve as a model for people less than half his age. More ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Living in a world full of moral outrage
Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it’s everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. More ...
Monday, April 23, 2018
For Earth Day 2018 and beyond, say no to plastic bags
I saw a lot of fantastic sights on a recent trip to Ireland. But it was only after I came home that I realized there was a common staple of life that I hadn't seen there. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Heart, humility, and the Most Holy Name
Do you put more of your head or your heart into your prayers? While author Gary Jansen acknowledges that you need the right balance, he suspects that over-intellectualizing prayer is a common problem, so we need to focus more on the heart. And one way to do that is through devotions. More ...
Monday, April 16, 2018
A pilgrimage for vocations
The penitential season of Lent is over, yet the inclination to do penance remains, not to atone for past failings -- for Easter trumpets that we have been redeemed -- but to prepare for the future. More ...
Friday, April 13, 2018
The healing ritual of confession
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a divinely instituted encounter with the mercy of God that we should avail ourselves of on a regular basis. More ...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Reflecting on the ministry of Pope Francis
Pope Francis has my admiration because I hear the voice of love speaking through him. He always stresses God’s infinite mercy. More ...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Much is required to remain faithful to our Catholic beliefs
Every Saturday, a local newspaper features excerpts from Sunday homilies, including occasional Catholic ones, in a section called "From the Pulpit." More ...
Sunday, April 8, 2018
When time stands still
The theory of relativity tells us that space and time are not what they appear to be. More ...
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Hope continues on
During these past two months, different experiences have put the cross and resurrection into my heart. More ...
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Sweet spots and sacrifices
I have no business singing high C.

The second a hymn starts, I can tell by the notes whether the song's range is in my comfort zone. Solidly alto, I am happiest singing F, G and A above middle C. But B thins out, C stretches and D screeches.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
A vocation of mercy
I grew up Catholic without ever hearing about the Divine Mercy devotion, which the Church celebrates annually on the after Easter. More ...
Sunday, April 1, 2018
From angry judge to wounded healer
Though singer-songwriter Audrey Assad converted to Catholicism in her 20s, remnants of the fundamentalist faith in which she was raised still held some power over her perception of God. More ...
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Good Friday
On Thursday evening, Jesus retreated from the upper room and went to a nearby garden to pray. An agonizing emotion came over him as awaited his fate.   More ...
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Finding your path home to God
In his Confessions, St. Augustine wrote, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” More ...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Putting God on trial
In both our piety and our agnosticism, we sometimes put God on trial and whenever we do that, it’s we who end up being judged. More ...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The holiness of the ordinary in 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
Fred Rogers used to say that the space between the television screen and the viewer is holy ground. Imagine if all media producers felt that way.

As the news spreads about the psychological tactics used by Facebook and other social media companies to hook users and mine their personal data, it may be time to rethink what media technology is and what it's for.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Do you hear the voice of love?
Faith hears the voice of love speaking and abiding in one’s heart. It pervades and penetrates one’s whole being. More ...
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
St. Clare and feminism
We might not think that a 13th-century woman could speak to the modern world, but St. Clare of Assisi challenges us. More ...
Tuesday, March 20, 2018



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