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United in faith

United in faith

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please know through this letter that you are in my thoughts as you celebrate an ecumenical service of unity in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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A powerful evangelization tool

A powerful evangelization tool

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

When our new reporter, Jenny Snarski, is out on the road in our diocese, she often meets Catholics who don’t get the paper.

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Evangelize by attraction

Evangelize by attraction

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Greetings to all readers of the Catholic Herald, I am thrilled and grateful to begin writing with some consistency for this publication.

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America’s original sin

America’s original sin

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

I vividly remember my first visit to Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The church on the edge of the world

The church on the edge of the world

| August 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even though I lived in France for three years while doing my doctoral studies, I never managed a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, the mysterious, mystical, and hauntingly photogenic abbey situated on a promontory just off the Normandy coast between Caen and St. Malo.

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Staying grounded in faith

Staying grounded in faith

| August 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naiveté of childhood. This is true too of our faith. Not that faith is a naiveté. It isn’t. But our faith needs to be constantly reintegrated into our persons and matched up anew against our life’s experience; otherwise we will find it at odds with our life. Genuine faith can stand up to every kind of experience, no matter its complexity.

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Inchoate desire

Inchoate desire

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sometimes while praying the Psalms, I’m caught looking quite uncomfortably into a mirror reflecting back my own seeming dishonesty.

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Musing on St. Ambrose’s teeth

Musing on St. Ambrose’s teeth

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I write these words from Milan, Italy, where I am with my Word on Fire team filming new episodes for our Pivotal Players series (pivitalplayers.wordonfire.org).

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Next gen NFP

Next gen NFP

| July 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

Natural Family Planning can feel like un-Natural Family Planning and even, at times, Natural Family un-Planning.

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A time of transition

A time of transition

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

In all journeys, we come to crossroads. For me, weeklong vacations with my family – something my parents, sisters and our families have managed to accomplish twice in five years – are rare gifts, a glimpse into how life might have been if we’d all lived a century earlier.

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