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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

The power of TV, the fear of consolidation: two ends of the same stick
WASHINGTON • You may recall the adage, “I never quarrel with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” Uttered by Charles Brownson, who served four terms in Congress 1951-59 as an Indiana Republican, he was advising against ruffling the feathers of newspaper types. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Beyond the Stories -- What we learn when we listen to immigrants about their journeys
We all have stories that reveal who we are, where we came from, and how we arrived where we now stand. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Discerning the spirits
Given a tough question, St. Thomas Aquinas sometimes declined to give a simple yes or no answer. Instead he began with: "distinguo." More ...
Thursday, September 28, 2017
The last acceptable prejudice
Anti-Catholicism has been called “the last acceptable prejudice.” Tragically, it was on display at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to be a federal appellate judge.  More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Tearing down prejudice
Watching TV images of crowds pulling down a statue of a Civil War soldier in North Carolina, I found myself thinking of a 16th-century pope named Paul IV. More ...
Monday, September 11, 2017
What is required of a Eucharistic people?

One of the most beautiful teachings the Catholic Church has to offer to an as-ever polarized and divided world is the idea that we are all connected to each other.

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Friday, September 8, 2017
Our Christian calling to care for the poor
The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation recently sponsored a poll to find out what Americans think are the reasons for poverty. The results split along religious lines in a surprising way. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Have we reached the point of manufacturing our children?

“In the year 6565,/ Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife,/ You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too/ From the bottom of a long glass tube.”

When “In the Year 2525” became a hit song in 1969, author Richard Lee Evans couldn’t have known his prediction about the 66th century would be late by four and a half millennia. Yet here we are.

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Taking the dog for a walk
We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children. More ...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Speaking about race with Hispanic children (Part 1)
My 6-year-old son came home after school and unexpectedly asked my wife and me: "What am I?" The question caught us off guard. "What do you mean," we replied. He said, "Am I Mexican? Are people who speak Spanish Mexican?" More ...
Friday, August 18, 2017



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