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Why poetry matters
Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot.  More ...
Friday, November 17, 2017

Resiliency, faith of Puerto Ricans a light amid destruction

Since returning from my deployment in Puerto Rico to work with the Catholic Charities USA Disaster Response unit, I have been asked two questions: “What was it like?” and “What can we do to help?”

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Friday, November 17, 2017
The real story of Thanksgiving

Contrary to popular opinion, the first Thanksgiving was not observed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Holding the pope's hand in gratitude for being Catholic
Every now and then, I find in the offices of pastoral leaders and theologians, as well as in the homes of some families I know, a picture of them shaking hands with one of the recent popes. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Giving to God what belongs to God
In May, when President Donald Trump issued a long-awaited executive order on religious freedom, reactions were mixed. Some thought it was so vague as to be almost useless. More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
No greater love
President Donald Trump often says things that invite criticism. So I'm puzzled when his critics bother to attack even his more innocent remarks. More ...
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Catholic Church and Halloween
The medieval Catholic Church created the feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 to honor the blessed people who could not be included in the Church’s formal list of saints. In England, the word “hallow” was used to mean the sacred, and thus there the day was All Hallows’ Day. More ...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Making and renewing vows
Last week a friend invited my wife and me to join her in celebrating the 50th anniversary of her perpetual vows. More ...
Monday, October 23, 2017
'The cry of humanity: peace, peace'

That Halloween season Strategic Air Command bombers with bright orange markings started flying low over our schoolyard to land about four miles away at Philadelphia’s airport. It’s a memory confirmed by histories that report it was Oct. 26, 1962, when B-47s were deployed to civilian airports in a DEFCON 2 alert during the Cuban missile crisis.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Making and renewing vows
Last week a friend invited my wife and me to join her in celebrating the 50th anniversary of her perpetual vows. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
A response to suffering
Many years ago, I attended a conference where physicians and others discussed care for dying patients. More ...
Thursday, October 12, 2017



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