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The power of hope
In June, I had the privilege of listening to lawyer and racial justice advocate Bryan Stevenson at my commencement. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019

It's lovely to be human
Life can be difficult at times, but all things considered, it’s lovely to be human. Thanks be to God, we were all given such an incredible gift at birth: the gift of life. Dare I say that in many ways we’ve made great progress since then. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Father Augustus Tolton: A sign for today
I recently participated in a conference that explored the church's sexual abuse crisis and the effect the crisis has had on the church's witness in the public square.  More ...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Parables are stories from the heart
Stories have power. Instead of telling us how to think or act, they engage our natural human curiosity to show us the results of thinking or acting a certain way – and let us ponder how that applies to our own lives. More ...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Is peace the piece that is missing from our hearts?
As children, there is something powerful about the stories told to us by our fathers. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Our awesome body
Leonardo da Vinci was a genus in understanding the human body.  More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Christ of Peace
Ciudad Victoria is the capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. It sits at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains in northeastern Mexico about 200 miles from the U.S. border. More ...
Monday, July 15, 2019
A visit to Emmett Till's coffin
Over 60 years ago, a young African American boy named Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi after an encounter with a white woman in a country store on a dusty road on a hot, humid Southern day. More ...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Particular kinds of saints are needed
Simone Weil once commented that it’s not enough today to be merely a saint; rather “we must have the saintliness demanded by the present moment.” More ...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Creative service in today's Church

Gotta dance? Gotta sing?

For creative artists eager to dedicate themselves to their craft, the desire to do so full time can be powerful.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Work is at the heart of finding joy
As cardinal archbishop of Milan before becoming Pope, St. Paul VI was often found talking to workers in their workplaces. Getting to know them personally is one reason his thinking and writings were so practical. More ...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
In case you are wondering, God cares
In this column, Father Catoir provides Scripture citations that reflect the love that God has for his children. More ...
Monday, July 8, 2019
Following Christ is bound to make us uncomfortable
As a child I grew up in a house without air-conditioning, a small, three-bedroom ranch with few windows. More ...
Monday, July 8, 2019
People who make others better
People often ask me who I admire most. My response has evolved from specific individuals to a quality that inspires me deeply: the ability of some people to make others better. More ...
Friday, July 5, 2019
Work is at the heart of finding joy
He was a realist. As cardinal archbishop of Milan before becoming Pope, St. Paul VI was often found talking to workers in their workplaces.  More ...
Friday, July 5, 2019
Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace
There is an art and a science to slow living. This summer I’m trying to learn both. More ...
Monday, July 1, 2019
'Lord of the dance'
If it's Thursday night, it's a free outdoor concert at a local mall. It's a pretty spot -- a courtyard right next to an Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. Lots of flowers, a small stage, a few iron benches. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The loss of heaven and the fear of hell
Growing up as a Roman Catholic, like the rest of my generation, I was taught a prayer called, “The Act of Contrition.” More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The search for more
Summertime used to be about big blockbuster movies. This summer box office receipts are sagging and even the sequels are having a hard time. More ...
Monday, June 24, 2019



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