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Understanding grace more deeply

Understanding grace more deeply

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The mark of genuine contrition is not a sense of guilt, but a sense of sorrow, of regret for having taken a wrong turn, just as the mark of living in grace is not a sense of our own worth but a sense of being accepted and loved despite our unworthiness.

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Caring for body, mind and soul

Caring for body, mind and soul

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the 17th century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety.

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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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