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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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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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On the road

On the road

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

You can see the deepening of faith in the eyes. I was thinking that Sunday while chatting with Sr. Trish Erickson at the Carmelite monastery in Hudson. I interviewed Sr. Trish in 2015, before her first profession of vows; she will profess her final vows in April. Sr. Trish was a pleasure to speak with […]

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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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