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Stand beneath the cross with Mary
This Lent I’ve been focusing on the seven sorrows of Mary, which span Jesus’ infancy through his Death and burial. More ...
Monday, March 18, 2019

Enjoying the best of life
Has the news, weather or unexpected disappointments gotten you down? More ...
Monday, March 18, 2019
Winter's chill and the loss of a friend
Growing up on Los Angeles, I never really appreciated the seasons.  More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
This Lent, be holy
For the past three years, my hope was that some columns could help at least one person along the way –  either by sharing testimonies or examples of inspiring adults, opinions on ways to nurture hope and faith, or by providing concrete advice for action. More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
A perspective on God from a Catholic apologist in the NFL
A few days before this year’s Super Bowl, Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein spoke with Trent Beattie for the National Catholic Register. More ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Living at God's hands is as simple as gathering acorns
During a walk in a local park, I came across a small grove of oak trees that had blanketed the ground with more acorns than I had ever seen.  More ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The joyful season of Lent
There is a famous quote from St. John Chrysostom that draws attention to the supreme purpose of Lent; namely, the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.  More ...
Monday, March 11, 2019
The ones who weave: how to repair the social fabric
When David Brooks travels the country, he seeks out the good news. The bad news is all too easy to find. More ...
Monday, March 11, 2019
The power of a positive, prayerful parent
Karen Jackson knows the many challenges faced by parents of children with disabilities. A wife and working mom of three, including a daughter Samantha who has autism, she has lived and learned more than could be captured in a college course about advocating for a child with special needs. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Food for the journey
"Bring double the snacks. Leave half the clothes." More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Dealing with unfinished relationships
A colleague of mine, a clinical therapist, shares this story: A woman came to him in considerable distress. More ...
Monday, March 4, 2019
Heart work for Lent
Recently I was captivated by an opinion editorial in USA Today titled "I've played a role in toxic public debate" by CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers. More ...
Monday, March 4, 2019
Cutting back on digital devices leads to 'deep work'
There are some recent signs that the culture is coming around to something more sacramental in our increasingly digitized landscape.  More ...
Friday, March 1, 2019
A Hispanic dream for Catholic renewal
Catholics should dream every now and then about the kind of faith community that we want to be. More ...
Friday, March 1, 2019
As disciples of Christ, let us travel on the journey through Lent
Lent reminds us that we are pilgrims on the path of discipleship, living out the Paschal Mystery in our lives, each according to our own vocation. More ...
Friday, March 1, 2019
Lent is a time of remembering and simplicity
Some of my favorite childhood memories recall taking rides with my parents. Sometimes we would take the bridge over the Normanskill Creek and stop for ice cream at Tasty Freeze, or drive around on Election Day evening looking for bonfires, or ride up and down city streets admiring Christmas lights. More ...
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
An honorable defeat
In 1970, the famed British writer, Iris Murdoch, wrote a novel entitled, “A Fairly Honorable Defeat.” More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Send in the clowns
For a few weeks during the Christmas season, items that I had ordered online were either ransacked or stolen. I'd come home to find my packages shredded and some, if not all, of their contents removed. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Respecting our processing system
As we conversed, I sensed something was wrong. My 90-year-old friend's conversation was all over the place. More ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019



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