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A personal tour of Catholicism

In his monumental video series, Catholicism, Bishop Robert Barron took us on a guided tour of the major themes of the Catholic faith. He did so by visiting the key […]

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Celebrate Life with true unity

Deacon Geoff Bennett is Vice President of Parish and Community Relations at Catholic Charities. The cultural conflicts over the past 50 years in American society have shattered the concept of […]

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Recompense for a serious mistake

I won’t venture into classical Roman literature, which is not my forte, but I will say with assurance that the greatest modern Latin pun was the result of a schoolgirl […]

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‘What color is God’s skin…’

Thus says the chorus of the popular Spanish-language song by Ivonne and Ivette, “El Color de la Piel de Dios” (“The Color of God’s Skin”), which many Spanish speakers may […]

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Viva Cristo Rey!

In the 1920s, when the United States had a quasi-Stalinist regime on its southern border, “Viva Cristo Rey!” was the defiant battle cry of the Cristeros who fought the radically […]

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Honoring God and giving to others

Our lives should be oriented to the things that are most important. And the thing that is most important, that is guaranteed to make you happy, is to give of […]

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In Memoriam, 2017

This was a tough year for losing friends. At one point, I got so tired of writing obituary columns that I wrote a kind of pre-obituary so the friend in […]

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Who were the Magi?

What comes to mind when you think of the wise men presented by the Gospel of Matthew? You might think of three figures, we refer to as kings, who come […]

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More than a sexual abuse crisis — it’s a mis-use crisis

Has anyone else been playing “Guess the Pervert?” Sometimes, when I’m bored, I try to figure out who I think we will be the next celebrity/news anchor/congressperson to be exposed […]

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The crèche and the gap

For the past decade or so, I’ve been assembling a mid-sized Judean village of Fontanini crèche figures, including artisans, herders (with sheep), farmers (with chickens and an ahistorical turkey), vintners, […]

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God’s gift of peace in uncertainty

We are shortly approaching two events that this year stand in contrast to one another – the birth of Jesus at Christmas and the end of 2017. Christmas brings with […]

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St. Joseph and the mysterious mix of joy and sorrow

When the gas light for my car came on, I grumbled to God, “Really? Are you kidding me?!” Nothing seemed to be going my way that day. It is not […]