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  • We’ve been too quiet
    Some form of reparation is needed. Direct cash payments might be warranted, but the Black community would see longer term benefit from free Catholic education, free Catholic college and interest-free home loans from church agencies.
  • War is deadly. While this is an obvious fact regarding those who fight, it is less obvious regarding the life and death plight of many noncombatants trapped within battle zones.
  • Pope Francis sees listening as one of our modern age’s greatest needs
  • ‘Everything works out when we put our trust in God’
    Grandma Lily still has the love and prayers of her husband Woody in her heart now, as her family and friends celebrate her 105th birthday.
  • Doing what’s right in your own sight a bad idea
    What does the Bible think about our current cultural fascination with finding our own voices, setting our own agenda, doing things according to our own lights? Is the Bible for or against this ego-dramatic approach to life?
  • Her battle cry, though clearly motivated by the atrocities unfolding in Ukraine, should also prompt some circumspection and soul searching.
  • Of God and baseball
    For three-and-a-half hours, families, friends, neighbors and die-hard baseballophiles put aside worries and differences to enjoy an outing with 20,000 of their closest friends to eat peanuts and do the wave.
  • Why the culture was healthier when Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers were around
    The tribalism on display even in late-night comics represents a severe declension from the cultural situation when Johnny Carson reigned supreme.
  • RESURRECTION IN THE OPEN TOMB
    Weeping, I went to find my Lord and heard, "Woman, for whom are you looking?"
  • Easter morning at the Grotto, 1978
    Before daybreak, after the daphne bloomed, during the daffodils, ahead of the lilacs, Molly and I, young and in love, walked hand-in-hand among the early birds.
  • Holy happy season
    Most of us are back in church this Easter season, celebrating the greatest period of the liturgical year. It’s a hopeful 50 days, even in dark times.
  • A female sharpshooter nicknamed “Lady Death” has recently become a Ukrainian folk hero for defiantly attacking Russian soldiers undercover. The young markswoman fought for several years in eastern Ukraine against Kremlin-backed separatists, before shifting to the front line of hostilities as Russia initiated its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
  • “Please, please, let us not get used to war! Let us all commit ourselves to imploring peace, from our balconies and in our streets! Peace!” Thus proclaimed Pope Francis in his Easter message “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and the World”).
  • In his book, "The Passion and the Cross," columnist and author Father Ron Rolheiser writes, "The cross of Jesus doesn't just reveal God as unconditional love' it also reveals how vulnerability is the path to intimacy.
  • TOUCHED BY A SAINT, BLESSED BY GOD
    In 1989, HIV AIDS was at its peak and without good treatments. AIDS patients were dying left and right. We had just buried my mother after my brother, Martin, 34, revealed that he was HIV positive. A year later, doctors said they could no longer do anything for Martin. And I was in my sixth month of chemotherapy.
  • Mask on or not, most of us are back in church this Easter, celebrating the most joyful day of the liturgical year.

  • On Heaven and on Earth
    Each winter when the primroses bloom, I think back to when I was a boy and the nuns at All Saints presented each of us with three tiny mustard seeds.
  • OPEN ME
    You, oh Christ, are a living space. Enter me so that I can enter you.
  • Fear during Holy Week
    Holy Week 2022 comes in a historic time of fear.

  • Death destination
    When advocates of physician-assisted suicide pushed for their controversial Oregon law in the 1990s, they went into extra paragraphs about safeguards. They ballyhooed rules that would ensure Oregon would not be overrun by people wanting to kill themselves.
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