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A Word to Those Being Confirmed

One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. A drawback, however, is that I am obligated to conduct over forty Confirmations in roughly ...



When Does Faith Disappear?Father Ron Rolheiser

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that "God is dead" he added a question: What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon? I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there ...

Discerning the newsRussell Shaw

Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. That's been the story of Donald Trump's relationship with the media for a long time, and we aren't seeing the end of it yet. I don't wish to ...

Problem with song leaderFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I live in a large parish and find my affiliation with my church meaningful and positive -- except for one thing. (I've struggled with this, as I don't want to be unkind, so I would appreciate your ...

Catholic Lite and Europe's demographic suicideGeorge Weigel

Ten years ago, after my meditation on Europe, The Cube and the Cathedral, had appeared in several languages, I was invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. There, I tried to ...

Unless the Lord builds the houseJaymie Stuart Wolfe

We received notification that the house around the corner from us had been condemned and was going to be demolished. But when the heavy equipment arrived to tear it down, I couldn't help but feel sad. ...

Honoring service at our Spring CelebrationDebbie Rambo

This week, Catholic Charities held its annual Spring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The annual Catholic Charities event raises funds to provide basic needs resources such as ...

Alive in the SpiritScott Hahn

Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) . He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, ...

St. Paul's suffering for the sake of missionFather Steve Grunow

Today's excerpt from the Acts of the Apostles indicates that St. Paul's missionary adventures were hardly a walk in the park. Saint Paul suffered terribly for the sake of Christ and the Church and this ...