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Sunday Readings For February 25 & 26

We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In the Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. We are anxious mostly about how we will meet our material needs — for food and drink; for clothing; for security for tomorrow. Yet in seeking security and...

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Pope Francis’ Call To Action!

You may not have heard about it, but it was a big deal – big enough to inspire Pope Francis to get involved. The big deal was the under-reported U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM) that recently gathered (Feb. 16-19) in Modesto, Calif.   Drawing together hundreds of...

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Welcoming The Stranger

In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the Bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, because the Jewish people themselves had once been foreigners and immigrants. Their...

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A Dose Of Reality About The Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke Axis

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as a leading traditionalist critic of Pope Francis, have formed a pact to “legitimize...

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At A World Meeting Of Popular Movements

I am writing this week from Modesto, where I am attending a conference sponsored by the Vatican. It is the United States regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. This is a project initiated by Pope Francis several years ago. It seeks to bring together Church leaders with...

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The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

My friend Dave, an artist and a walker, has an unerring nose for out-of-the-way spots to explore at leisure. A few months ago he started talking about a place with quarries and riverbeds and hiking trails by the confluence of the 210 and the 605 freeways. It was in Duarte, he said. He took the...

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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...