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A New Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ

March 23, 2018 2 Comments
A New Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ

Over a month ago I was blessed to get an early view of the new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. It is indeed wonderful — beautifully filmed and with a moving ending. It is not a simple retelling of the Acts of the Apostles; such films have already been made. Instead, it is a moving […]

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On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

February 18, 2018 0 Comments
On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

We live in a secular age. Religious utterances by government officials are greeted with surprise or even indignation by some. While the primary role of civil leaders is not a religious one, insisting that never express religious sentiment is a form of extremism rooted in exaggerated conception of the idea of the separation of Church […]

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Has Jesus Saved You from This Present Evil Age?

February 5, 2018 1 Comment
Has Jesus Saved You from This Present Evil Age?

Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins; that is certainly true. St. Paul said, The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost (1 Tim 1:15). St. Paul mentioned another truth, however, one we too often forget. It came […]

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Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

January 18, 2018 61 Comments
Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions. Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of […]

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Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

January 14, 2018 2 Comments
Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.” True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are […]

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A Culture Without God Is Like a Ship Without a Pilot

November 29, 2017 6 Comments
A Culture Without God Is Like a Ship Without a Pilot

In the Liturgy of the Hours this week we read a remarkable attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and yet at the same time, questions arise in my mind as to the general application of the text. In effect, the text states that if the […]

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On the Loss of Humor in a Very Serious Age

October 30, 2017 1 Comment
On the Loss of Humor in a Very Serious Age

One of the more irritating and sadder characteristics of our times is that we seem to have lost our collective sense of humor. Our ability to laugh at ourselves appears to be gone, replaced by “frowny-faced” political correctness; there are seemingly endless rules about what can be said about whom, when, where, and using what […]

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Belonging Starts Here

October 20, 2017 0 Comments
Belonging Starts Here

Every Person Has Unique Gifts and Belongs as a Full and Equal Participant in the Community by Mary O’Meara As a society, there is a renewed awareness of the need to acknowledge the value of the diversity of our human family. It is encouraging to see more and more people calling for our culture to […]

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