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The power of questionsFather Eugene Hemrick

''A prudent question is one-half wisdom." This insight by English philosopher Francis Bacon possesses a fundamental principle for coping with today's disquiet: to use the power of the question. Let's ...

The myriad sounds we hear Father Eugene Hemrick

The variety of sounds in a city is bewildering. Recently, I identified sounds I heard while standing on the corner of Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. At the Metro station, a young man belted out ...

An ode in praise of a beloved friendFather Eugene Hemrick

When my barber David Knight who worked in the U.S. Senate building died, it felt like losing a beloved family member. One meaning of family is a group of people in the service of an individual. For years, ...

A peaceful 2019 to you Father Eugene Hemrick

No matter where we look, peace is a rare commodity. How then can the new year be more peaceful? Start the year with avoiding certain behaviors and doubling up on civility. St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians ...

Time for tough loveFather Eugene Hemrick

''Get that idea out of your head!" While growing up, my mother was forever shouting out commands like this to keep me on the right track. When I complained, she would reply, "That's tough love. Some ...

A tranquilizing crisis Father Eugene Hemrick

The children's Christmas Mass was packed. In past years, it exuded busyness: children putting on a pageant, proud parents and grandparents watching and music abounding. Not so this year! What changed ...

A new year of hopeFather Eugene Hemrick

Some have suggested with the closing of the Year of Mercy, 2017 should be a Year of Hope. Weary, disillusioned and depressed describe best the feelings of many people I know. The cause is not only our ...

Promote peace this Advent Father Eugene Hemrick

Why is Advent needed more than ever this year? The answer is found in the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. "Men," it states "should take heed not to ...