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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

'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
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
Dare breaking bread with others, risk seeing Jesus' face
During the Easter season, the Sunday liturgy provides us with truly fascinating Scripture passages. We regularly encounter the first disciples trying to make sense of the Resurrection. At least, we know that we are not alone doing so! More ...
Friday, April 19, 2019
Notre Dame represents a way forward
Notre Dame is one among just over 100 Catholic Churches that dot the city of Paris. I first laid eyes on the grand cathedral at age 17 and it was in that same city where three years later I'd find myself studying, and, strangely enough, being drawn into the Catholic Church. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Wendell Berry and the Gospel outdoors
I grew up on a Midwestern farm, the old-fashioned kind that had pigs, chickens, milk cows, feral cats in the hay loft and coyotes howling in the night. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
An ark for a new world
Mary Ruppert was a high school student, soaking up ideas and possibilities to discern what seemed to "fit" for her life ahead when she first encountered L'Arche, an international federation of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work alongside one another. More ...
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Easter hope: God in our future
At a cafe in Chicago, I was chatting with a British former journalist and economist who is currently director of social responsibility and sustainability at a large European company. More ...
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Liberating the heart with God's grace

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

The words of the minister hung in the air. I’ve heard them many times before.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Learning to be astonished
Near the end of "Thirst," one of my favorite volumes of Mary Oliver's poetry, she speaks to the Lord in the epilogue: "Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart." More ...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Lent is a time for transformation

Lent is a time to walk with Christ, to open our hearts and allow ourselves to be transformed by his love. The word “Lent” comes from the Old English word for “spring” because it is a time of renewal. St. Gregory the Great highlighted that Lent is not only a time of penance but also of joy because we strive most fervently to follow the path to eternal life.

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Monday, April 8, 2019
Thank you for your example
Three years ago, I wrote my first column focused on Pope Francis' message to young people during his 2016 apostolic visit to Mexico. More ...
Monday, April 8, 2019
This is our night for telling stories
"This is our night for telling stories." More ...
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
A time of transformation
Lent is a time to walk with Christ, to open our hearts and allow ourselves to be transformed by His love. More ...
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Giving joyful witness: how the Holy Spirit stirs the restless
When Pope Francis talks about evangelization, his poster child may well be an immigrant in North Dakota. More ...
Friday, March 29, 2019
But where are the others?
Most of us have been raised to believe that we have right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate inheritance. More ...
Friday, March 29, 2019
Are screens becoming substitute parents?
Before we are born our nervous systems are receiving stimuli from our mothers.  More ...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
'Be reconciled with your brother'
One summer, a young deacon preparing for the priesthood helped us at Mass. More ...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Jesus suffered for our sins
There are two kinds of sin: sins of weakness and sins of malice. Be very careful not to imitate the fallen angels who committed sins of malice. More ...
Monday, March 25, 2019

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