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Holy Homework
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BEFORE Vatican II, whenever a bishop administered the sacrament of Holy Orders, the ritual began with a roll call. Those who had completed their seminary training were summoned to the altar by name. … more
The Agony of Asking Recently, I received a request to visit a nursing home on Long Island. I made my way through the Metro turnstile and boarded a subway bound for Penn Station, so I could … more
The stamp was crooked and streaky as if it had been overly licked and not easily coaxed into the upper right-hand corner of the yellowing envelope. She recognized her father's shaky handwriting … more
Her name was Sally-Ann. She was 14 years old and pregnant. She was also homeless until the Good Shepherd Nuns welcomed her, gave her room and board, continued her education, and provided prenatal … more
Be careful what you wish for! Do you remember this classic warning: Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it? As children, we thought this made absolutely no sense and we wished … more
Americans bask in liberty. We relish it. We demand it. We die for it. For 241 years we have not only inhaled independence into our own lungs, but we have also raised a golden torch to light the way … more
Silence Is Golden Do you remember the expression silence is golden? Most people have heard it but many do not realize they were cheated. Silence is golden is only half of that adage. The complete … more
In his infinite wisdom, God has ways of keeping us simple, humble. This is good. Otherwise, we might forget that we are the creatures, not the creator. God keeps us safe, trusting. He gives each of … more
What We Long to Forget When I was in my late 20s, a wiser and much older priest told me that one of God's greatest gifts to humans was our ability to forget. Until that moment, I had only heard … more
The Garden of Eden God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a garden called Eden. The word Eden means God's garden or a place that is fruitful and has plenty of water. We were not only created … more
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