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Learning to listen and listening to learn
In June we observed the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the massive invasion in Normandy, France, that led to the Allied victory in World War II. More ...
Monday, June 24, 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
The works of God made visible
Kate Bowler has been on a media blitz since publishing her second book "Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved." More ...
Friday, June 21, 2019
The difficulties encountered by good Samaritans today
In these times, it is good to reflect once again on the parable of the good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37) because along our southern border the mercy and compassion urged by Jesus can result in criminal charges that can lead to prison. First, let's look at the parable. More ...
Friday, June 21, 2019
Controlling your thoughts

Do you suffer from disturbing or obsessive thoughts? If so, relief is available. It will be in an uphill battle, but with perseverance and the help of God, it’s a battle that’s worthwhile because it can be won.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
God created grandparents to teach us how to love
With the summer upon us and a chance to spend more time on our backyard deck, it never fails to call to mind an image I have of my dad and one of my sons, a white-haired, blue-eyed handful of a child, perhaps four-years old at the time. More ...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A graduate's encouraging words and life
Last year, a young woman named Haley Moss graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. More ...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A joyous time for youth, a memorable time for loved ones
June is the time when graduates respond with an ebullient, carefree spirit recognizing the joy-filled completion of 12-plus years of education. More ...
Monday, June 17, 2019
A prayer in the face of loss
My elderly aunt was a walker. After she retired, she would hoof it around our small town to visit friends or rise early to walk downtown to the coffee shop for breakfast. More ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Rachel Held Evans had insights on the faith beyond her years
If we do not properly celebrate the life of someone who has left us we do an injustice to that person and cheat ourselves of some of the gift that he or she left behind. More ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
In praise of dad jokes and divine humor
My husband is down in the kitchen, cooking eggs for our four boys. From upstairs, I hear him serve up a little extra on the side: a classic dad joke about "makin' bacon. More ...
Monday, June 10, 2019
Selling the sizzle at a parish near you
I heard about a parish recently. It has regular Eucharistic Adoration, but only the old-timers show up, and their numbers are shrinking.  More ...
Monday, June 10, 2019
The miracle of Pentecost
Pentecost is a miraculous time in the life of the Church. More ...
Friday, June 7, 2019
An ode in praise of a beloved friend
When my barber David Knight who worked in the U.S. Senate building died, it felt like losing a beloved family member. More ...
Friday, June 7, 2019
Faith, fear and death
“A common soldier dies without fear; Jesus died afraid.” Iris Murdoch wrote those words which, I believe, help expose an over-simplistic notion we have of how faith reacts in the face of death. More ...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise
More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. More ...
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Your summer pilgrimage
Just about everybody has heard of the Camino de Santiago. Sometimes, it seems just about everybody but me has walked the Camino. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Every life should be blessed with a Charlotte
Hanging on my kitchen wall is a little plaque given to me by my dear friend, John. He found it in a quaint Irish shop in Smithville and bought one for me and one for his wife, Rose. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Technology for contemplation
I can't say that I live in a smart home. More ...
Monday, May 27, 2019

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