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Superheroes? Stardust? Or vessels of the Incarnation?

When I was first introduced to the fascinations of the DNA double-helix in a biology class at Baltimore’s St. Paul Latin High School, fifty years ago, the “unraveling” of this […]

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Domesticating the divinity

Some biblical scholars consider the Book of Deuteronomy to be a collection of sermons: catechetical homilies on the great theme of the Exodus and the fulfillment of that epic adventure […]

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Bearing fruit by living Your charism

In 2015, Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples became the Catholic book to read. Its simple but powerful message focused ecclesial leaders on a fundamental but overlooked point: Jesus called us […]

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7 ways to rise above the Hunger Games that is social media

The scenes at the Cornucopia in The Hunger Games, both in the books and films, are some of most intensely violent parts of the story, hard to read or watch. […]

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It’s a culture war, stupid

Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” […]

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Healing hatred and anger after Charlottesville

The confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the nationwide reaction to it are clear signs of the tensions simmering just below the surface of our society. But we know as people […]

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Motown and the turbocharged Church

Detroit hasn’t gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it’s struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But […]

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Living out the Cabrini Option

There’s much current debate about “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in Post-Christian Nation,” the recent book by Rod Dreher about the need to create tight-knit faith communities. Here’s […]

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Lessons from Charlie Gard

After living one week short of a year, Baby Charlie Gard passed on to eternal life on July 28th. His brief life and the court battle over his treatment should […]

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Genetic editing: Stranger than fiction

We’ve all heard the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction, right? Well, the truth is also apparently becoming even stranger–as evidenced by the recent news that, for the […]

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What’s with the buzz about The Benedict Option?

It’s hard to recall another Christian book that has garnered so much attention in the media and has generated such vigorous discussion among pundits as Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: […]

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Ecumenism, influence-envy, etc.

Defending the indefensible is never pretty. Or so we’re reminded by recent attempts from the portside of the Catholic commentariat to defend the madcap analysis of America’s alleged “ecumenism of […]