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‘City Of God’: Beyond Trump’s First 100 Days

It’s hard not to be uneasy about politics these days. Even among those most sober and prayerful and encouraging toward a settling-in administration wonder if this current White House is one uniquely in over its head, at best. A quick survey on my social media networks confirms that even reactions...

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The Witness Of The ‘New Martyrs'

The Church is a Church of martyrs — always and everywhere, in every time and in every place. As Pope Francis said this past weekend, “the ancient history of martyrdom joins the memory of the new martyrs” being killed today. “All of these are the living blood of the Church,” he said. The...

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Francis Poses Both/And Approach To Fighting Anti-Christian Persecution

That there’s a rising tide of anti-Christian persecution around the world in the early 21st century is an empirical fact. Christians are hardly the only ones facing threats, of course, but because of their numbers and the zones of their greatest growth, numerically they tend to be more exposed to...

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A Resurrected Vision For Our Suffering Sick World

Although it is Easter season, for much of the world it still feels like Good Friday. Countless people throughout the world continue to carry painfully heavy crosses – crosses overwhelming due to man’s inhumanity to man. Sin, which starts in each individual human heart, if not repented of,...

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The Ethics Of New Age Medicine

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few. These...

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Responding To A Toxic Culture

In today’s America, as in other countries like it, people of faith are facing a question of critical importance: How should they respond to a dominant secular culture that’s not just hostile to their beliefs but bent on forcing them to conform to its values and, not incidentally, winning the...


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Sunday Readings For April 15 & 16 - Easter Sunday

Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet the Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.” What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that he hadn’t been carted off by grave robbers, who usually stole the expensive burial linens and left the...

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Good Friday

Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It’s no accident the Gospels tell us that, as Jesus was dying, it grew dark in the middle of the day....

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‘It Is The Lord!’

“It is the Lord!” This was the cry of St. John when he saw Jesus standing on the shore at the Sea of Tiberius in the days after the Resurrection. For me these words get us close to the “essence” of Easter. We hear the sense of wonder, all the amazement that the disciples felt — their joy...

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Francis Faces High-Wire Act In Egypt, And Not Just On Islam

From the outside, the defining high-wire act Pope Francis would seem to face on his April 28-29 outing to Egypt is the Christian/Muslim relationship. Observers will expect him to strike the right balance between praising Islam as a religion of peace, while also pressing Islamic leaders to...

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Contemplating Christ And The Christian Life

“As the third millennium unfolds, the world needs the wisdom that the tradition of Christian prayer offers,” Anthony Lilles writes in “Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Ethical Wisdom.” “Our faith in Christ Jesus opens up real access to the wisdom of God in a way no other philosophy...

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Mary Ann O’Connor, Foot Washer

Mary Ann O’Connor, 69, is a cradle Catholic and the oldest of seven children. She was born in Santa Monica, grew up in the San Fernando Valley and trained on-site as a nurse at L.A. County-General — an experience that had “a huge impact.” She worked bedside for 12 years, served two years in...

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Praying With The Copts At Noon In Manhattan : The Martyrs Show Us The Christian Call And The Invitation Of Holy Week.

“Excuse me. Do you know where I can talk to someone about making a donation to help the people and restore the church in Egypt?” A man addressed me at the back of St. Mary and St. Mark, a Coptic church in Manhattan. I explained I wasn’t quite sure — we had both come through the open doors, one...

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Pope Paul’s Encyclical, King’s Speech, More Relevant Than Ever

Fifty years ago, Blessed Pope Paul VI gave to the world a truly prophetic encyclical letter Populorum Progressio (“The Development of Peoples), and just days later Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” As kindred spirits in...

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Sunday Readings For April 8 & 9 - Palm Sunday

“All this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel (Matthew 26:56). Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest peak of salvation history, when all that has been anticipated and promised is to be...