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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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Gospel’s message: Enjoy life

Gospel’s message: Enjoy life

| July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Joy is an infallible indication of God’s presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship. What a paradox! And Jesus is to blame.

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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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