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Here is your God

John questions Jesus from prison in today's Gospel -- for his disciples' sake and for ours. He knows that Jesus is doing "the works of the Messiah," foretold in today's First Reading and Psalm. But John ...



The 150th anniversary of the First Vatican CouncilThomas Lester

Dec. 8, 2019, marked 150 years since the opening session of the First Vatican Council (Vatican I). For 10 months, leaders of the Catholic Church from around the globe gathered in Rome, and over four public ...

Are you feeling the noose tightening?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

As the religious landscape in our once Christian nation has changed, so, too, has the civil and political climate. More and more Americans have become "nones" or simply are no longer interested in organized ...

Tip O'Neill -- a baseball guyDick Flavin

This week, Dec. 9, to be specific, marks the 107th anniversary of the birth of Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It's now 33 years since he stepped down as speaker of the house ...

Waiting well during AdventElise Italiano Ureneck

While I can rattle off a long list of positive things about being raised in the Northeast (the quality of bagels, access to cultural events in big cities and proximity to the ocean top the list), an honest ...

In praise of God's follyMichael Pakaluk

I want to convince you that folly is real, and that Christ gives us the remedy for it. Folly or foolishness is deplored by Our Lord. Remember the man who filled up his silos with grain, and planned on ...

Anxiety and Mass attendanceFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was diagnosed with anxiety/mood disorder in 2003. I had spent time in the military and gone through some horrific experiences that had affected me emotionally. I have also been on Dilantin now for ...

A new American blessed ... and martyr for studentsFather Roger J. Landry

Over the last few weeks, there has been considerable attention given to an American whom the Church was preparing to beatify, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The attention on Sheen makes sense -- even beyond ...

Finding reason to hope amid the pessimismGreg Erlandson

My father-in-law, Joseph, was a wonderful guy. An immigrant who passionately loved America, he was hardworking, honest and thrifty. He had a laborer's hands but a poet's mind. Joseph had seen enough of ...