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Are we (really) listening?
I always hope to have a real-world example to go along with the subject I write about in this column. As I type this, I am alternating between the need to laugh and the temptation to cry (or, at least, furl my brow and shake my head).
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Calling God our Father
Our last 11 grandchildren in a row have been girls, so I've gotten careful about asserting claims of male prerogative. But this Father's Day got me thinking about how we talk to God. Pope Francis recently reminded us, in one of his general audiences, that "when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he taught them to call God Our Father."
Monday, June 26, 2017
Looking up and raising up

After the rain, I checked my garden and found everything I planted had jumped up significantly. Not only did I jump with joy, but I took a second look at the word "up" to learn why it often connotes delight.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
How are your technological 'practices' affecting your memory and imagination?
If the goal is finding a healthy balance with our technological creations, then we have to start with practice. Just as a doctor practices medicine, a Catholic practices religion. We know it's the cure for our spiritual maladies, but sometimes we shirk our duty to rise and pursue the good.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
From the Archives - 1970
Human exploitation and pollution of the natural order have, in the fears of many, brought the earth to the brink of an evening followed by dawn on an uninhabitable planet.
Friday, June 23, 2017
An unsung champion for life
Top kudos go to Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Illinois, and other sponsors from both parties. But they could not have done it without the help of a lobbyist unknown to the public named Mark Gallagher.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
That they may be one

All too often, it seems, the aim of an apologist can be to “win” an “argument,” rather than to convert hearts, to save souls. In all we do, this should be our mission: to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to bring our brothers and sisters to the fullness of life in Jesus and his Church.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
A remembrance to and for Brian Doyle
You were a meteor. A ball of sometimes hilarious, sometimes passionate fire hurling towards one topic or another.
Monday, June 19, 2017
The gift of education
So when it comes to education, no two children should be forced into an educational model that targets one of the children but not the other. In this country where education is prioritized and funded by the people, the people’s children should be the priority, not just one school or the public school system.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
All the light we think we can see
I forge ahead along a path of my own design, adding items to my basket, taking them out, feeling accomplished, and asking God to check me out.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Rejoin the accord
President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement is a violation of Catholic teaching and sensibility for many reasons.
Monday, June 12, 2017
A myth of neutrality

Once upon a time, we were told to allow dissent from time-honored legal and moral norms in the name of "freedom of choice."

Friday, June 9, 2017
Empathy: A Father's Day gift
While visiting with friends and family who work with the homeless population and elderly veterans, the conversation turned to how many of these men are estranged from their families. Some have had no interaction with their children for decades. This brokenness, deep and searing, is probably encrusted in dark stories of abandonment, addiction or abuse.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Good examples of virtue

It's that time of year again — time to fight over commencement speakers. It happens every spring. Some Catholic college will feature a speaker who has taken public positions at odds with the church's teaching.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
From the Archives
Monday, June 5, 2017
Truly gifts
The archbishop was my spiritual director for nearly three years and was responsible for helping me find a very deep spirituality. He and his mother are truly gifts to every parish and diocese in which they reside.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Finest of Catholic voices
He pointed out hints of the divine in the hurly-burly of humanity, and what could be more Catholic than that?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Heroes, not victims
The men’s varied backgrounds should remind us that we are called to love all, not just our own partisans. Love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres,” (1 Cor 13:7), as one of the chalk memorialists wrote at Hollywood, where that bloodied train stopped.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Staying prepared for 'grief pockets'

Looking back over the past four years, I can't pinpoint when or where the scale tipped. When my days became more "not-grieving" than grieving.

Monday, May 29, 2017
Reading the signs of the times

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Combating untruthfulness today
Could the reason many feel down these days be frustration with not learning the real truth and feeling duped? If so, how might we combat these anxieties best?
Friday, May 26, 2017

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