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This summer let young and old climb aboard the same canoe!
Sister Constance Veit, right, shares treasured memories of her aunt with whom she had a close relationship. Courtesy photo
Sister Constance Veit, right, shares treasured memories of her aunt with whom she had a close relationship. Courtesy photo
My fondest memories of summer are the times spent with my favorite aunt at her cottage nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. More ...
Friday, May 24, 2019

The world we leave our children
"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" More ...
Friday, May 24, 2019
The world we leave our children
"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" More ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Talking sensibly about God: The rabbi, the saint and the rest of us
Some years ago, an acquaintance asked me why I didn’t write columns or articles that were more theological. Certainly, he said, my education enabled me to undertake the task.  More ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Language, symbols and self-understanding
A reporter once asked two men at the construction site where a church was being built what each did for a living. The first man replied: “I’m a bricklayer.” More ...
Monday, May 20, 2019
A collision of lives in World War II
Though he had been a hero of World War II, Clarence Smoyer was living in obscurity in Allentown, Pennsylvania, until best-selling author and military historian Adam Makos visited him in 2012 on the advice of a college friend. More ...
Monday, May 20, 2019
Small ways to save the world
So, you want to save the world? Yeah, so do I. More ...
Wednesday, May 15, 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 ...
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



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