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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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When Cultural Radicals speak of”diversity,”They mean no such thing.

October 18, 2012 16 Comments

You may have read in the news that a faculty member of the Gallaudet University in Washington DC has been placed on “administrative leave,” due to the fact that she signed a petition requesting referendum on the issue of gay marriage in Maryland. Angela McCaskill is “Chief Diversity Officer” at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. […]

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Walking in the Wide Church and Staying Within the Guard Rails

February 4, 2011 0 Comments

One of the struggles we have in the Church today is that we are often divided within over liturgy and what to emphasize. As a priest I am called to pastor people with a wide variety of liturgical preferences, political views, and opinions on social and ecclesial issues. Liturgically, I celebrate a lively Gospel Mass, […]

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MLK Day– A day for us to celebrate the ethnic diversity of our Church

January 16, 2010 16 Comments

I was born less than a year after Martin Luther King was assassinated. I have only the stories of my parents, aunts and uncles to feed my memory of Dr. King’s legacy. However, I am old enough to remember the effort to make his birthday a national holiday. I am old enough to remember how […]

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Having a Diversity of Friendships

August 11, 2009 1 Comment
Having a Diversity of Friendships

This is a second excerpt from Dr. Katherine Yohe’s lecture at the Office of Young Adult Ministry’s Relationship Speaker and Discussion Series. The first may be found here: What is Christian Friendship? Occasionally I have read authors who have stressed similarity as part of their definitions of friendship (namely, Cicero and Aristotle). If two people […]

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What is Distinctive About the Biblical Revelation of God?

April 19, 2009 1 Comment

There is much talk today about how we, despite our theological differences are all really worshipping the same God. Is that true? We might like to think that under all this diversity is really a unity but the fact is that there are some pretty radical differences in the understanding of God. So radical that […]

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40 Reasons for Coming Home – Reason # 31 – The Church is Catholic

April 6, 2009 0 Comments

Reason # 31 – The Church is Catholic– The word “catholic” means “universal.” One of the most remarkable things I experience about being a Catholic and a priest is this universality of the Church. I experience it in two ways. First, the Catholic Church is everywhere. On every Continent, in every country, in most towns […]

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