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Sunday Readings For February 18 & 19

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the first reading and Gospel. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect? Jesus explains that we must be imitators of God as his beloved children (see Ephesians...

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Amid Anti-Francis Blowback, Humor Is A Ray Of Hope

In the wake of the latest Roman expression of anti-Pope Francis backlash, in this case a satirical spoof of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano designed to make the pontiff look wishy-washy on Catholic doctrine on marriage, let’s stipulate one thing right away. Anonymous potshots such...

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Embittered Moralizing

One of the dangers inherent in trying to live out a life of Christian fidelity is that we are prone to become embittered moralizers, older brothers of the prodigal son, angry and jealous at God’s overgenerous mercy, bitter because persons who wander and stray can so easily access the heavenly...

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The Joy Of Marriage

This past weekend I had the joy to celebrate World Marriage Day and preside over the renewal of wedding vows for 64 couples, including one couple who have been married for 71 years. It was a beautiful, touching moment for me to pray with these couples and to support them as they are trying to...

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Peace Pilgrim

In 1953, a woman from Vermont named Mildred Lisette Norman gave up all her worldly belongings, took on the name “Peace Pilgrim” and started walking.  She described the picture that formed in her mind of the garb she should wear: a simple tunic with pockets for a toothbrush, comb, pen and a...

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First Things Last

As a priest I’ve been trained in the virtue of detachment. I need to be able, when my bishop gives me the word, to walk away from one ministry for the sake of another. St. Philip Neri put it well: When we go from one assignment to another, we “leave Christ for Christ.” After years of encountering...

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A War Of The Powerful Against The Weak

In many places throughout the world there is a widening gulf, chasm, gap between races, tribes, classes, cultures, economic factions, political parties, religions and nations. And these divides often pit the powerful against the vulnerable. The desire, and even addiction, of so many of the...

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How Does The Catholic Church Resolve New Bioethical Questions?

A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam. The debate went smoothly and cordially, although I was the only voice in the group who defended the human rights of...

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God’s Power As Powerlessness

The French novelist and essayist Leon Bloy once made this comment about God’s power in our world: “God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a master over a servant or a king over a subject. We can do what we want. He will defend himself only...

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Sunday Readings For February 11 & 12

Jesus tells us in the Gospel that he has come not to abolish but to “fulfill” the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments and the moral Law of the Old Testament. But his Gospel also transcends the law. He demands...

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For Catholics, Trump’s SCOTUS Pick May Stir Both Hopes And Fears

Anyone familiar with Catholic social teaching knows it’s often not a good fit for the left versus right dynamics of American culture, and we got another reminder of the point on Jan. 31 with President Donald Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch, an Episcopalian, as the next associate justice on the U.S....

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Salt And Light

This new year so far has been a whirlwind. I was reading a Washington columnist the other day who described the way things look from the nation’s capitol: “We are living through big history and no one here knows where it’s going or how this period ends. Everyone — left, right and center —...

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Everyone Is Worried About The Dreamers

Well, not everyone. Some people believe that anyone who is in the country illegally should be removed — period. But there is worry within the wide swath of America that believes six things — that immigrants are the country’s life’s blood, that we ought to reward positive behavior, that it is...

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‘Batchelder: Tilemaker’ At The Pasadena Museum Of History

The Pasadena Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, extended by popular demand through March 12, called “Batchelder: Tilemaker.” Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957) was an Arts and Crafts tilemaker who lived in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco and made fountains, fireplaces and fixtures that can...

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Conservatives And Trump

Many religious conservatives are looking to the Trump years with high expectations. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, says Trump’s ascendancy marks a significant defeat for “anti-Christian” elites while offering religious conservatives an opportunity to speak up and be heard on behalf of their...