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FAITH ALIVE: Technology builds up the Body of Christ
CNS illustration/Tyler Orsburn
CNS illustration/Tyler Orsburn
The individualism especially prominent in Western culture lends itself to the worst possible uses and outcomes of digital devices and social media.  More ...
Friday, May 17, 2019

FAITH ALIVE: Mother's Day: An adoptive mom's perspective
My first Mother's Day as a mom was as special as I'd dreamed it would be. More ...
Friday, May 10, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Viewing leadership in action
During an in-flight press conference while returning to Rome after a one-day, April 2016 visit to the Moria refugee camp on the Greek isle of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea, Pope Francis held up a picture for all to see, drawn by a child of the camp. More ...
Friday, May 3, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Discernment: Listening for God in the real world
"Samuel, Samuel!" the Lord calls, in one of the more famous stories of discernment in the Bible. More ...
Friday, April 26, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Easter and redemption: The call to pay it forward
Near the end of "Jesus of Nazareth," the acclaimed 1977 miniseries, those who put Jesus to death are alarmed, to say the least, at the news his tomb has been emptied – and that maybe, just maybe, Jesus has done exactly what he said he would do: rise from the dead. More ...
Saturday, April 20, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: The witness of palm branches
Not far from where I live is a donkey farm. It's highly popular because of the donkeys' beauty. More ...
Friday, April 12, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Guided meditation on the seven last words of Christ
Holy Week invites us to walk through the sufferings of Christ. Christ said very little when he was betrayed. He did not attempt to defend himself, but "humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross" (Phil 2:8). More ...
Friday, March 29, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Lent should not be attempted alone
Have you ever felt alone? Desperately alone? More ...
Friday, March 22, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: This Lent, go without
I used to think that fasting was worthless.  More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Lent: Our return to dust
One of my brothers observed recently about our dear mother, lying in the hospital: "There's no meat on her bones, and no bones under her skin." More ...
Friday, March 8, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Lenten series: Part 1: Ash Wednesday - a kick-start to holiness
When I was in college there was a group of students who didn't always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around all decided to band together in giving up a few particular sins common among college students. More ...
Friday, March 1, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: (Mass series): The Eucharistic prayer - mystery made manifest
Stage plays are broken down in acts. Sporting events are separated into quarters, innings, possessions, drives and plays. Similarly, the Mass can be broken down into parts. More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series: Ancient Creed's contemporary impact

Do I know what I truly believe? I hope so. For what people believe shapes their thinking and decisions, especially in key, consequential moments.

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Friday, February 15, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass series: The homily partnership
There is very little that a priest does each week that requires so much attention as the Sunday homily.  More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass series Part IV: The Introductory Rites: A call to communion and community

The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist comprise the lengthiest components of the Mass.

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Friday, February 1, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part III: With a thankful heart: The Liturgy of the Word
Catholics have often been falsely accused of not being regularly exposed to the Scriptures. While it has been true in the past that sprinkling conversation with the Scriptures has typically not been a part of Catholic culture, this has certainly changed over the years. More ...
Friday, January 25, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part 2: Parishioners prepare for Sunday worship
With so much of our lives concentrated on work, personal and family responsibilities, and the inevitable detours to our carefully planned calendars, the arrival of Sunday Mass can sometimes find us breathless and far from spiritually or otherwise prepared to deeply participate in the liturgy. More ...
Friday, January 18, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part 1: The Mass is not a spectator event
The action on the field during a particularly exciting football game often locks spectators in its grip. With minutes to go and everything hanging in the balance, spectators hold their breath, jump up and down or even pray. The moment consumes them. More ...
Friday, January 11, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: No. 1, Part 1: Our universal Church
The small plane flew to the Atlantic coast of Panama, stopping on a landing strip at water's edge. I was on that plane with my sister and brother-in-law, visiting the Kuna people of the San Blas Archipelago. More ...
Monday, January 7, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: What do we know about the Magi?
The arrival of the Magi may be the most famous part of Matthew's infancy narrative. More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!
Perhaps it's the compressed calendar, or the external decor that grabs our attention with "Celebrate the season!" Or, maybe it's the emphasis on reunions – bringing loved ones dear to us near to us for joy-filled sharing. More ...
Friday, December 28, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message
We know what kind of person the infant Jesus born on the first Christmas would be in adult life: someone known for drawing near to others and walking with them in their actual lives. More ...
Monday, December 24, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Advent Week 4: Christ's coming in history, mystery and majesty
As we journey through Advent each year we encounter a threefold sense of Christ's coming: in history, in mystery and in majesty. More ...
Friday, December 21, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Advent week three: 'I shall say it again: Rejoice!'
What I love about the Advent season is that it captures the mixed reality of our lives. Our moments of joy and sorrow are often closely woven together. More ...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Advent week two - Reading the Advent season through nature
Advent is a season of expectation, of waiting for promises to be fulfilled – God's promises, to our Israelite ancestors in the faith and to us. Isaiah promises the birth of a child named Emmanuel, "God with us." More ...
Friday, December 7, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: First Week of Advent - A New Beginning
When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this year, I will hear them in a new way.   More ...
Friday, November 30, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: 'Queen of people's hearts': Our Lady of Guadalupe
"Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico, Empress of the Americas." This grand title, found on traditional banners celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe, highlights her widespread impact throughout this continent. More ...
Friday, November 23, 2018
Nov. 25 - The Kingdom can never be of this world
It might seem strange that on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, our Gospel passage comes from the exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate on the morning of Jesus’ Crucifixion. More ...
Monday, November 19, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: The Body of Christ at work
The promulgation of the Decree on Ecumenism, "Unitatis Redintegratio," at the Second Vatican Council made it acceptable for Catholics to engage with Christians from different denominational backgrounds in order to share a common witness to the world. More ...
Friday, November 16, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: The search for Christian unity: Roots, progress, possibilities
Our search for Christian unity commenced over a century ago. More ...
Friday, November 9, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: No Catholic MLKs?
There is an enduring myth that African-American Catholics were largely absent from the freedom struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, which resulted in the legal demise of Jim Crow segregation. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018

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