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  • Peace at Thanksgiving
    Now that Election Day 2020 has passed, we should remember that Pope Francis has called us to be united as the people of God.
  • PHILADELPHIA — Recently, many people have been reaching out with questions about vaccines. So, I thought it would be helpful to mention some of the most common ones and try to provide some answers.
  • I am thankful everyday knowing that God led me to the Sentinel.
  • ‘On Eagle’s Wings’
    How good that a Catholic hymn may play a role in healing a nation.
  • Self-absorbed nation
    We have stimulated, entertained and indulged ourselves in the indecent basement of domestic politics. It’s time to climb upstairs to greet the rest of the world.
  • Not only is the United States a divided country, but the Catholic Church in the U.S. is as divided as the nation. And the presidential election drove home that point.
  • If we Catholics cannot unify ourselves — a small segment of the population that is shrouded in ritual and shared beliefs — what hope is there for the country?
  • Solve immigration
    It’s wrong to claim that the church’s current effort on behalf of migrants is some newfangled socialist contrivance.
  • More than anything else the world needs saints. And that is exactly what God is urging you and me to become. 
  • But this World War II photo was different, something my brother Jerry had never seen before. Martin's father was, well, on the other side of that conflict. There he was in full Nazi military uniform.
  • The Monster Mash
    The other boy looked at us with a smile and a shrug and said, "He really likes mashed potatoes."
  • What now for the Supreme Court?
    Justices like Amy Coney Barrett may lead the court to a more modest role, leaving issues to the people and their elected representatives when the Constitution says little or nothing about them. But it seems that leaders in the party known as Democratic, which I've belonged to all my adult life, may be afraid of ... more democracy.
  • 'Fratelli Tutti': A call to personal encounter
    Pope Francis' newest encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," gives tender challenge to "all people of goodwill" in a world fractured by political and economic ideologies. Instead of seeing the person from another nation, religion or group as "other," the pope challenges us to see a neighbor, a brother and sister.
  • Reflecting on my stint as St. Augustine
    I recall one afternoon after school when I was 12, sitting on the floor out in the hallway working on a bulletin board. Lost in thought, engrossed in my work, cutting away at something I had sketched to assemble, I was surprised when Sister Margaret Mary Feldner, principal of All Saints School, stood right over me and asked, “Do you mind if I join you?”
  • ‘Ghastly ruins’
    Desolate, bare walls, and twisted, blackened debris! All that remain of the once beautiful St. Benedict’s Abbey and Mt. Angel College!
  • Forming priests to serve with joy in Christ
    I feel an urgency today to renew and strengthen this eucharistic focus. I’ve seen it at work in the lives of our seminarians. I’ve seen them take this focus on the Liturgy and embody it wholeheartedly.
  • All Catholics can agree that women shape not only the political sphere but also our church in radical and irreplicable ways.
  • Vote with love
    Though we do not push for theocracy, we ought not keep Catholic social teaching to ourselves. It offers a sensible, consistent and beautiful vision that would lead to human flourishing.
  • With so much of humanity sickened in soul and body by greed, self-centered indifference to suffering, inequality, polarization and violence, Pope Francis has wonderfully seized the moment by giving to our wounded world the balm of his new inspiring and challenging social encyclical letter titled Fratelli Tutti (“All Brothers: On Fraternity and Social Friendship”).
  • State-sponsored or legislative coercion through a universal vaccine mandate raises ethical concerns, especially when appropriate exemptions are unavailable.
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