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Jesus and the Bible
Of the approximately 107 Billion human beings that have lived and died on planet Earth, Jesus Christ was by far the most outstanding, the most influential, and the most revered. He only lived 33 years among us. More ...
Monday, July 23, 2018

Humble service and merciful love to America
On Aug. 30, the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Congregation’s arrival in the United States. More ...
Monday, July 23, 2018
'Change is painful'
Speaking at a recent ordination of new priests in Ireland, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said changes in the today's culture must lead to changes in the church -- particularly as it pertains to young people. More ...
Friday, July 20, 2018
For Jesus, the master teacher, stories were a powerful tool
When I get a late call from my daughter-in-law, my worried grandmother persona takes over as I answer the phone. More ...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Heavenly 'insider' in fight against addiction
"One of my parishioners told me he's deleted 40 contacts from his cellphone since February," my priest friend said. "All of them died from drug overdoses in the last six months." More ...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Celebrating our technicolor glory
My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices (you can buy a palace for what a garage might cost elsewhere). More ...
Monday, July 16, 2018
Miracle in motion
“When I saw the priest walk in, I tried to duck him.” That’s how David Warden remembers the first time he saw Jesuit Father Antonio “TJ” Martinez, at a fundraiser. More ...
Monday, July 16, 2018
Faith can help you deal with just about anything

By Maureen Pratt | Catholic News Service

There are plenty of resources to help us navigate many of life's biggest journeys.

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Real miracles can be seen in God's love and mercy for us
Ralph Waldo Emerson calls the stars in the night sky “envoys of beauty, lighting the universe with their astonishing smile” and submits that if they appeared for a single night only every thousand years, we’d be on our knees in worship and would cherish the memory for the rest of our lives. More ...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Execution and mercy
In early July, the Nebraska Supreme Court issued an Aug. 14 execution date for Carey Dean Moore. More ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Take time to declutter before school starts
Summer vacation is a time for relaxation, quality time with family and friends, and activities to enjoy the moment and refresh our souls. More ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The move toward mentoring
Every so often, a new catchphrase will take hold in church circles, signaling a change of course in catechetical method or missionary outreach. Phrases like "forming intentional disciples" and "ministry of presence" come to mind as examples.  More ...
Monday, July 9, 2018
A better understanding of sexuality
We all need to understand our own sexuality, and there’s a lot to learn. More ...
Monday, July 9, 2018
God rested. Don't we need the same?
This column almost made a liar out of me. More ...
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Counting on the Holy Spirit
In June, I had the privilege of working with beloved colleague Leo Burke to organize and facilitate a dialogue at the Vatican among CEOs of the world's leading oil and gas companies and investment firms. More ...
Thursday, July 5, 2018
The sower and the broadcaster
The bread becomes the body of Christ. The wine becomes the blood of Christ. To think and believe like a Catholic, one is called upon to make some extraordinary observations. More ...
Monday, July 2, 2018
Self-care is necessary in the life of every disciple
Today I have to admit that I’m tired … a bone-weary, overwhelming exhaustion that doesn’t get better with a cup of coffee, a walk in the fresh air or a break on the couch. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
Beautiful examples of love and compassion
It is easy to celebrate our country's birthday once again if we focus on the love and compassion we see all around us. Here is a striking example: More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
Making a difference
Many years ago, the Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold."  More ...
Wednesday, June 27, 2018



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