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For My Children, Not for Me

Moira was a good girl who got pregnant at the end of March in her senior year at St. Damien's High School. She often thought this was lucky timing since she did not start showing until just after her … more

A Freedom Too Far

Which of our many liberties do we value most? What are some ways we can remind ourselves to thank God each day that we live in this land of the free? Americans embody independence. In fact, … more

Still in Need of Dad

Many motels in the United States offer motorists a free breakfast with each night's stay. The managers of a Comfort Inn in Florida provided a delicious example of this morning fare during my recent … more

Losing a Note for Moms—the Burdensome Virtue of Caring

The etymology of the word “care” includes the concept of bearing a “burden.” The phrase “not having a care in the world” comes to mind. Someone who is “care free” has no burdens to … more

A Rocky Catholic Easter

Our annual celebration of Easter can bring with it many references to stones. This year is no different. In fact, there is more rock-talk being tossed about these days, not less. And some of it is … more

To Lent or Not to Lent?

Nathan is a 49-year-old “cradle Catholic” who received his grammar through high school education from the good sisters, brothers and priests. Growing up, he was a reliable altar server, a … more

Loving Lent and Rising Foolishness

Apparently, some folks are worried about this year's confluence between Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday as well as the fact that Easter Sunday will fall on April Fool's Day. They're afraid that … more

New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics

What are some of the Catholic ideals that we can incorporate into our New Year's Resolutions for 2018? What are some of the uniquely orthodox Catholic practices that will help bring us closer to … more

The ‘Adsum’ Ornament

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

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Marginalized

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

Joyful Mysteries in Our Lives

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

Disarming Armor With Compliments

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

Three Easy Ways to Become Closer to God

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

The Internet: Freedom or Fettered? Intimacy or Isolation?

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

Quiet Christian or Outspoken Crusader?

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

Simple, Safe and Spiritual

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

Remembering and Forgetting

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

Our Lenten Gardens

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

Lifesavers, Lucifer and Love

Vocabulary is a fascinating phenomenon because all of language is symbolic. The letters we form into words take the place of the concrete reality we're discussing. But the words themselves are quite … more

Will 2017 Be a New Year of “Happening” or “App-ening?”

Last week I was shivering on the sidewalk at Second Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan wondering when the next city bus would arrive. Suddenly it occurred to me to check the transit app on my phone, … more
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