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The Eucharist: Center of the Universe

This week I have been thinking about Corpus Christi Sunday – the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – which we will be celebrating on June 18. On […]

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Thoughts on the Western Wall, Fifty Years Later

Photographs can capture exceptional moments in an iconic way, making the original experience “present” emotionally as well as pictorially. The photo of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo […]

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Interreligious dialogue with edge and purpose

The evening of September 12, 2006, was, in a word, memorable. My wife and I were having dinner in Cracow with two of John Paul II’s oldest friends when my […]

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Helping others: The ride of your life

Near the beginning of a 464-mile bike tour, my right knee gave out. I pulled over to a Ride the Rockies aid station in a tiny town in Colorado and […]

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Your life in God’s hands

Recently, Pope Francis met with a contingent of people who suffer from Huntington’s Disease, a rare genetic illness that causes movement, cognitive and psychiatric disorders. “For Jesus,” he told them, […]

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Catholic Lite and Europe’s demographic suicide

Ten years ago, after my meditation on Europe, The Cube and the Cathedral, had appeared in several languages, I was invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in […]

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13 Reasons Why NOT

I watched 13 Reasons Why, so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. I wanted to write about the show, but I wanted to know what I was talking about it. […]

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A Hillarian lesson for Church leaders

Perhaps it was being “overcome with Paschal joy” (as the Prefaces for Easter put it). Maybe it was my guardian angel whispering in my ear. Perhaps I’m just getting older […]

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Greg Maddux, Jesus Christ and the Sword of the Spirit

In the Church’s eternal wisdom, the feasts of Easter and Pentecost fall around the start of baseball season. Some might be tempted to pass this off as “coincidence,” but I […]

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A note on Our Lady of Visitation

When one arrives in Colorado, one soon encounters a large immigrant community originating from Latin America. But there is also another Latino community here, but it’s one that speaks primarily […]

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Priceless priestly gifts

The central task of the priest is “to bring God to men and women,” Pope Benedict XVI once told the priests of Rome. Priests are tremendous gifts from Christ to […]

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Mary and the meaning of Mother’s Day

I have celebrated eight Mother’s Days so far, being on the receiving end of not quite a decade of handmade cards and hinted-at gift suggestions from “the kids” (but perhaps […]