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Christmas growing up on a farm in New Mexico
When my five brothers and I were growing up on a farm in northern New Mexico during the Great Depression, we did not believe in Santa Claus. Our parents never asked us to hang stockings on Christmas night. More ...
Friday, December 8, 2017

Why wait? How Advent changes us
Wait, they said. Good news will come. More ...
Friday, December 8, 2017
Are we distracted receivers?
As we prepare for Christmas, I am sure many readers have had the experience of thoughtfully selecting a gift for a child and laboriously tracking down the item. More ...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Playing loose with the truth
It can be quite disheartening to watch the news these days. More ...
Sunday, December 3, 2017
The art of giving, the challenge of Advent
Oprah Winfrey sings and claps when presented with the $69 lunch box that makes her 2017 “Favorite Things” list. More ...
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Winter's dark days
On the Great Plains, we had a gorgeous fall. More ...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Advent's call to wait in joyful hope
The holiday season is upon us once again! That means we’ll soon be buying gifts, decorating the tree, and maybe attending a Christmas party or two. More ...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
In difficult times, Advent reveals the reason to celebrate Christmas
Here we are at the start of Advent, and many of us are already saturated with Christmas. More ...
Monday, November 27, 2017
Realizing how close God is to us
There’s a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to life.  More ...
Monday, November 27, 2017
Searches beyond Google's capabilities
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal noted the upswing in the work of reference librarians who are receiving more calls from curious seekers who either can't find what they are searching for on Google or just prefer to search for information with the help of another human being. More ...
Friday, November 24, 2017
Join the revolution of tenderness
TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver. More ...
Friday, November 24, 2017
No baby but still giving thanks
Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. More ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Finding her voice in a world without sound
Mandy Harvey has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, and it goes beyond the fact that the deaf singer recently earned a fourth-place finish on the TV series “America's Got Talent.” More ...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
A threat to our decency
Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Problems with packaging
Do you struggle with packaging? More ...
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Take action against gun violence
I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. More ...
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The ones who won't be home for the holidays
This season sparkles with joy. We open our homes to family and friends, greeting each other at wreath-decked doors under twinkling lights. More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
When it comes to priesthood, parishioners, family have role to play, too
As director of Vocations for our Diocese, I would like to invite you to pray that more young people might hear and answer the Lord’s call to priesthood and religious life in our Diocese.  More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Paralysis, exasperation and helplessness as prayer
Several years ago I received an email that literally stopped my breath. More ...
Monday, November 6, 2017



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