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Vocations Are Everyone’s Business

So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more

Get Yourself in Spiritual Shape This Lent

I am writing this on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday, so my mind is on Lent, our forty days of spiritual preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Yet, I must also confess that my mind is … more

Pathways to Excellence II Nears Completion

When the second phase of the Pathways to Excellence strategic planning initiative for the Catholic elementary schools of the archdiocese was launched back in September, I was there. It made sense … more

A Time to Draw Closer to the Lord

With Ash Wednesday this week, the season of Lent is once again upon us. As Catholics, we know Lent as a time of penitence, fasting and abstinence in anticipation of Holy Week and Easter—the … more

‘Pecadores Sí, Corruptos No’

El viaje apostólico del papa Francisco al Perú (del 18 al 21 de enero de 2018), como es muy sabido, tuvo una acogida que desbordó todas las expectativas. Su mensaje era esperado porque él sí … more

Trees in Winter

One recent night, there was a light snowfall, and in the morning, the trees wore a graceful covering of white. The tall trunks were dark against the gray-white light of early day, but the … more

Bad State Budget News Touches Hopeful Events With Sadness

The end of January can be freezing weather-wise, but it annually brings two highlights of the year, which help warm my spirit. The first is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in which … more

Pierre Toussaint Alumnus Dreams of Helping Students Like Himself

Speaking with Isaak Ghebremicael Monday night, I sought to learn about how he had maintained his connection with the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund and Program since earning a master’s degree in … more

A Treasure Moving Forward

The 44th annual National Catholic Schools Week that began Jan. 28 has as its theme “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.” As a slogan, it has a nice ring to it. As a succinct description of … more

Perú: Una Tierra de Esperanza

Viaje Apostólico del Papa Francisco El domingo 21 de enero de 2018 el Papa Francisco concluyó con su Vigésimo Segundo Viaje Apostólico (a Chile y Perú). Desde el momento en que el Papa … more

Waltzing on Ice: On Crisis and Community

When it came time to interview prospective sailors for his expedition across Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton had clear-cut criteria. He had to pick the right men for his journey to the bottom of the … more

Seek the Divine in Daily Moments

I am not in the regular rotation when it comes to walking our rescue dog, Jake, especially at night. Dennis and Olivia handle most of the dog-walking duties in our household. But one recent Saturday … 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

Values and Obligations

We are Christians, citizens of the great experiment—the United States of America—and so we have difficult duties and obligations not given to citizens of any other nation, including … more

Lost in the Language

Sometimes rude/crude words or language obscures the message. Anger or outrage focused on the language sometimes blocks us from giving a fair evaluation to the thought. Recent published criticisms … more

Brief Reviews of Three Films

The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.“The Commuter” (Lionsgate)Lively action sequences help mask the muddled premise of this Liam Neeson … more

El Seguimiento a Jesús

El Evangelio de Marcos nos relata, de una manera muy escueta, el llamado que hace Jesús a sus cuatro primeros discípulos (Cf., Mc 1, 16-20). El evangelista, fiel a su estilo, no abunda en detalles … more

Bringing the Sacred Into Everyday Life

A couple of weeks ago, as I was gathering my Christmas decorations to put them away, I came upon a booklet called “Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home.” It was published in 1955 as part of … more

Prayers for Life Before the March

Mass of the Vigil for Life Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception January 18, 2018   The following is the text of the homily to be delivered by Cardinal … more

Reckoning for ‘Offensive Words’

The vile comments attributed to President Donald Trump about certain countries during an immigration policy meeting have been widely and deservedly condemned. The president is said to have used … more
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