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Lenten lessons from the silent saint

He was a man of silence and action. As we continue to walk through Lent, St. Joseph, the man who is revered as patron of the universal Church, and “the […]

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On “owning” the Church

The question of “who owns the Church” has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the 19th century, “lay […]

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Here’s what’s actually in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Well, that was exhausting. After all the media hype surrounding the “exclusively gay moment” in Disney’s latest live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” it turns out that the hype […]

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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ and becoming God

Father Ryan O’Neill is the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Denver. When I forget that God’s dream for my life is deification—to share in his divinity—my Christian life […]

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Persuasive disciples, not anarchic disrupters

We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968. Then, a teenager, I watched U.S. Army tanks patrol […]

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Oh, the gift of life-giving love

Following God’s design for how he created us as male and female brings great peace, harmony and unity to marriage, family and our world. I can remember vividly feeling as […]

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Taking back the true dignity of women

Remember back in the old days, when they used to say that a beautiful woman “could stop traffic”? Well, it seems that modern-day feminists are reviving the idea, but with […]

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A new Lenten discipline

For Lent 2016, I adopted a new Forty Days discipline in addition to intensified prayer, daily almsgiving, and letting my liver have its annual vacation: I quit sports talk radio, […]

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Healing the Reformation’s wounds

Five-hundred years have passed since the Reformation rippled through the Church, causing painful division and spurring changes. Sadly, even more divisions have occurred in that period. But the ecclesial and […]

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A Lent to remember

  The best Lent of my life involved getting up every day at 5:30 a.m., hiking for miles through ankle-twisting, cobblestoned city streets, dodging drivers for whom traffic laws were […]

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Here’s an idea, give up busyness for Lent

Remember downtime? It was that thing we did before cellphones. We’d be waiting for a doctor’s appointment or for a bus, and we’d just sit there, idle. I was waiting […]

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Encounter God’s Word in the desert

We are about to begin Lent, the solemn season in which the Church unites herself to what the Catechism calls “the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (#540). As we […]