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A Prophetic Call to “Wake up the world”

A Prophetic Call to “Wake up the world”

| July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I embarked on my “Laudato Si’” walking pilgrimage from Rome to Krakow last year, one of the highlights of the trip was Umbria in Italy.

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A word to those being confirmed

A word to those being confirmed

| July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation.

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To whom can we go?

To whom can we go?

| July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

“To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.” Peter says these words to Jesus, but they are spoken in a very conflicted context: Jesus had just said something that upset and offended his audience, and the Gospels tell us everyone walked away grumbling that Jesus’ teaching was “intolerable.” Jesus then […]

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Going on, ahead

Going on, ahead

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

“I go on ahead to prepare a place for you!” Jesus speaks those words to his disciples on the eve of his death as he sits at table with them and senses their sadness as they grapple with his dying, his going away.

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The vanishing of argument

The vanishing of argument

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

By now the whole world has heard about comedian Kathy Griffin’s appalling staged photo of herself holding a mock-up of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump.

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Fatherhood and the sacredness of life

Fatherhood and the sacredness of life

| June 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The upcoming celebration of Father’s Day is a fitting time to examine the irony that in our current culture, fatherhood is rarely mentioned.

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Focus on the Father

Focus on the Father

| June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The arrival of Father’s Day in contemporary society raises what can be a challenging issue for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. When a third of millennials don’t affiliate with any kind of religion — in effect forswearing any kind of family belief — while a quarter of the generation had parents who were divorced or separated, one has to wonder whether God the Father has become an inadvertent stumbling block in people’s spiritual development.

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Full circle, from storybooks to spirituality

Full circle, from storybooks to spirituality

| June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

My first love was literature, novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize poetry and loved the exercise. High School introduced me to more serious literature, Shakespeare, Kipling, Keats, Wordsworth, Browning.

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Pride, humility and social media

Pride, humility and social media

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the LA area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came across an article by a woman named Sarah Menkedick entitled “Unfiltered: How Motherhood Interrupted My Relationship with Social Media.”

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Would you die for your faith?

Would you die for your faith?

| May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Would you be willing to die for your faith? It’s something I’ve thought about more recently as I’ve heard about modern-day martyrs.

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