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Ignorance in America

Street interviews have been a staple on TV since Steve Allen’s original Tonight Show. One reason for their success is that they reveal the depth of people’s ignorance. Lately, more and more, it seems like a bottomless pit. I’m thinking of cases where people can’t name a single U.S. Senator or explain the term “Bill […]

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For God So Loved The World

On Good Friday, we listen to the story of the Passion of Our Lord as told by John the Evangelist. In listening and reflecting, we might find it to be overwhelming because it is a gripping drama that reaches deep within us, evoking the strongest of human emotions, emotions that tug at our hearts. If […]

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The Passion Reminds Us That God Is On Our Side

With the liturgy of Palm Sunday, the Church begins its holiest week of the year. We enter more intensely into the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord. Because the crucifixion of Jesus is intimately connected with our salvation, we hear the passion account twice. This year we listen to both Matthew’s account and John’s […]

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A Worthy Path

In his homily of January 30, 2014, Pope Francis reminded us that “the first fruit of our Baptism is to make us a part of the Church, a member of the people of God.” In recalling the words of Pope Paul VI, he noted the absurdity “to claim that we love Christ without the Church, […]

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The Democrats’ Advantage

Why do today’s Democrats do so much better than Republicans at the polls? Their supporters say because their programs are more responsive to citizens’ needs. More objective analysts say because they do a better job of getting out the vote. David Horowitz offers a very different and I believe more insightful argument in his pamphlet Go […]

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Jesus Desires Our Union With Him

There are many scenes in the Passion account from the Gospel of Matthew (21:1-11). This year, a particular scene keeps recurring to me. The scene is not on Golgotha, but in Jerusalem, in the Temple. The time in at 3 in the afternoon at the moment that Jesus dies. The reading said that there was an earthquake, and the […]

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How Will We Respond To Him?

Blood is life-giving; it is the essential element in sustaining us in life. Babies in the womb receive oxygen and nutrients from their mothers’ blood. When natural disasters occur the Red Cross appeals for blood donors. During surgeries donated blood sustains patients in life. In many cultures the bonding of people is sealed in rituals […]

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Jesus Leads Us Into Eternal Peace

A ten-year-old boy named Kenny, an only child, was dying of an incurable disease.  Month after month his mother cared for him, read to him, and played with him, all the while trying to keep from him the terrible truth.  One day, however, he asked, “Mama, what’s it like to die?  Does it hurt?”  The […]

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Sister Death

This week the Church celebrates the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Until 1959, this Sunday was known as Passion Sunday because it marked the beginning of Passiontide, a period of intense preparation for the rites of Holy Week. This year we hear the Gospel reading of the raising of Lazarus which prefigures the resurrection of our […]

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Jesus Is Calling Us

The gripping drama of the rising of Lazarus points towards Jesus as the Lord of Life and prepares us for the celebration of our sharing in His Life at Easter. But this Gospel (Jn 11:1-45) is more than this. It is a call for to consider if we are in a tomb, and if so, it […]

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