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In the beginning
Stephen Hawking died last month. He was a brilliant and influential physicist responsible for, among other things, the conclusion that black holes emit energy that we now call "Hawking radiation." More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018

Catholic journalist, former Rider student, recalls lessons taught by a great lady
Along with many in this country and around the world, I mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, the former first lady who died April 17 at the age of 92. In my few and brief encounters with her, I always found her to be kind and gracious. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Instead of building walls, the U.S. should revisit good neighborism
The Americas are one landmass. The fates of its states and its people are inseparable. America does not merely stretch from sea to shining sea, but from Cape Horn to the northern ice caps. More ...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
A Hispanic Catholic Pentecost
One familiar question among those trying to get a better sense of the U.S. Hispanic Catholic experience is how many Roman Catholic Hispanics are charismatic. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Three steps to joy
"Evangelii Gaudium," "Amoris Laetitia" and, now, "Gaudete et Exsultate." What do they have in common? They were written by Pope Francis? Yes. They are apostolic exhortations? Yes. More important? Joy. More ...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Planned Parenthood's abortion fixation
Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called "Make Trouble." More ...
Friday, April 13, 2018
A pro-life opportunity
"Pro-life includes sensible gun control."

It was one among a forest of signs at the recent "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., that attracted hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, but it caught my attention.

Has the eruption of gun control activism following the spate of school shootings, most recently in Parkland, Florida, provided an opportunity for the pro-life movement? If so, will pro-lifers seize it?

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Why Sister Jean and Father Rob matter
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Father Rob Hagan have been getting a lot of attention these days in the national media. More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Food for thought on helpless seniors
On March 11, The Washington Post reported on efforts to expand the "right to die" in Oregon and elsewhere. More ...
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A daydreaming believer

I often follow along in my missalette the words of the entire Mass, not because I am pious but because I am a chronic daydreamer. Looking at the words on the page and thinking about them can keep me focused ... for a while. But then something sends me off again.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018
On the 20th anniversary of 'We Remember: Reflections on the Shoah'
It has been 20 years since the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews released the historic document “We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah”; an important step in the relationship between Catholics and Jews and an act of repentance on behalf the Catholic faithful – clergy and laity alike.  More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018



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