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A picture of peace and radical love
Each May, The Christophers gather to bestow awards on books, film, and television programs that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.  More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Small ways to save the world
So, you want to save the world? Yeah, so do I. More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Why be Catholic?
We seldom see the hidden hand of God at work in this world, but God is always active in human history. C.S. Lewis always stressed the fact that, “The Church will outlive the universe, and because of this, the individual person within it will outlive the universe.” More ...
Monday, May 13, 2019
The challenge of reconciliation
"For it is not an enemy that reviled me – that I could bear – not a foe who viewed me with contempt, from that I could hide. More ...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Parish disability ministry: What does it take?
"Prayer, listening, a heart for advocacy and not being afraid of pushing doors open when they seem to be closed." More ...
Friday, May 10, 2019
The challenge of reconciliation
"For it is not an enemy that reviled me – that I could bear – not a foe who viewed me with contempt, from that I could hide. More ...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Hope and joy in are found in the caress of God

“I found one!”

The voice from the family room was that of my 30 something son, delighted in his find of an egg, undiscovered during the annual egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
What Jean Vanier taught us
So it was on May 7 when I learned of the death earlier that morning of Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche communities, which allowed those with disabilities to live with friendship, dignity and kinship side by side with those who consider themselves "enabled." More ...
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Two nuggets for the commencement season
It is commencement season and I am collecting my thoughts for upcoming speeches. More ...
Monday, May 6, 2019
A picture of peace and radical love
Each May, The Christophers gather to bestow awards on books, film, and television programs that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.  More ...
Monday, May 6, 2019
A question sprung from the garden
It was the Tuesday after Easter, and the priest who was celebrating Mass for our group of volunteers at an inner-city Jesuit middle school was practically bursting with joy. More ...
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
All the news that's fit to print

“Wife Returned After Having Fine Funeral.”  

The headline of a 483-word story in the March 15, 1904 edition of The New York Times bore a sly nod to Tom Sawyer. 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The women who stayed
The women were the ones who stayed. I regret to say that I missed this for most of my life. More ...
Monday, April 29, 2019
Slow down to spark joy
Our dishwasher broke five months ago. We decided not to fix it because we were short on money, so we tried washing dishes by hand for a while. This obviously slowed everything down. More ...
Monday, April 29, 2019
Ascending, descending and just keeping steady

Where should we be casting our eyes? Upward, downward, or just on the road that we’re walking?

 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Appreciating the gift of Holy Communion

Holy Communion is the most precious gift that Jesus gave us.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
'Alleluia is our Song'
St. Augustine once said, “We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song!” What a beautiful reminder of the joy that accompanies this season of resurrection and redemption. More ...
Monday, April 22, 2019
An African refugee family that has much to teach us
My Easter column is about a Nigerian Christian refugee family – father, mother and two sons – that fled northern Nigeria in 2017 in fear of attacks on Christians by Boko Haram terrorists. More ...
Monday, April 22, 2019
Notre Dame raises our eyes above
On April 15, I joined countless numbers of people whose eyes were glued to the live video of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames. More ...
Friday, April 19, 2019



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