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Our Catholic faith encourages us to praise, to admire, and above all to try our best to imitate the great saints and souls who have gone before us. November 1 and 2 are two days of the year when we … more
Have you ever heard someone say many young people today do not show enough respect for their elders? Have you ever heard senior citizens say, “Back in my day…” when launching a diatribe against … more
Why was the prophet Jeremiah left in a cistern to die in 630 B.C.? In modern parlance, his accusers would say because he was a stick-in-the-mud. He wouldn't keep up with the times. His values ran … more
Do you remember the very first time you were duped into thinking something was real when it wasn't? Can you recall an incident when you believed people were being honest with you, only to … more
There are two times in a child's life when the desire for autonomy is especially prominent. The first is when an infant becomes a toddler and the second is when the hormones of puberty emerge. … more
If we had to pick one lesson, virtue or skill that fathers should teach their children, what would that be? What proficiencies did St. Joseph, the guardian of the Holy Family and the foster father of … more
Many of the vigil lights in Catholic churches today are electric. No doubt the fire departments and insurance companies are … more
Sometimes, it is easy to tell when a child is old enough to receive the Sacred Eucharist at Mass. Other times, it's not. Usually, when parents with an offspring who has not received First Communion … more
What was the purpose of the Catholic parish 80 years ago? Eighty years ago, we knew which parish we belonged to by our street address. Technically this is still the case today although some … more
This semester I am teaching Theological Anthropology, an online class with an enrollment of 50 undergraduates. The goal of the course is to explore what it means to be truly human in relation to God … more
Not New Year's resolutions but New Year's restitutions. What are these restitutions and why are they better than resolutions?    To begin with, we all know that when it comes to New … more
I was a junior in college when one of the worst prison riots in the United States took place near Buffalo. For four days, 2,200 inmates took control of the Attica Correctional Facility. They held 42 … more
Fight for Identity In the 1995 movie, “Citizen X,” there is a particularly powerful scene that can contribute to every discussion of what a man is and what a woman is. In a 23-second exchange … more
The Best-laid Plans The parents of a growing family, three children in tow and a fourth on the way, decided it was time to expand their house as well. There was plenty of indoor living area, but … more
This is not an account of the criminal behavior involving some seminarians, deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals in the Catholic Church. This is a story about a bird. To understand the … more
Moira was a good girl who got pregnant at the end of March in her senior year at St. Damien's High School. She often thought this was lucky timing since she did not start showing until just after her … more
Which of our many liberties do we value most? What are some ways we can remind ourselves to thank God each day that we live in this land of the free? Americans embody independence. In fact, … more
Many motels in the United States offer motorists a free breakfast with each night's stay. The managers of a Comfort Inn in Florida provided a delicious example of this morning fare during my recent … more
The etymology of the word “care” includes the concept of bearing a “burden.” The phrase “not having a care in the world” comes to mind. Someone who is “care free” has no burdens to … more
Our annual celebration of Easter can bring with it many references to stones. This year is no different. In fact, there is more rock-talk being tossed about these days, not less. And some of it is … more
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