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Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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St. Francis: Creation and “The Environment”

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You often see a garden statue of him with a bird on his shoulder. Yes, St. Francis of Assisi did have a special relationship with animals. He preached to the birds, pacified a wolf, and put together an animal cast for what is widely regarded as the very first live nativity scene. But he had […]

Marge Fenelon
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Lines from the Declaration of Independence to Ponder this July

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As youth, many of us were required to memorize – or at least study – the Declaration of Independence. Although we might not be able to quote it now, we’re probably able to spot it if we hear it read or recited by someone else. At least I hope so. The Declaration of Independence is […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Epiphany: The Nations Shall Walk By Your Light

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Up until now, all has been quite humble.  A donkey-ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem.  Hotel rooms all booked up.  Giving birth in a stable and laying the baby in a feed trough instead of a cozy cradle. Into this scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far-off land.  […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Mary, Mother of God

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The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years –the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her “the Mother of God,” and you’ll see some Christians squirm. This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the […]

E. L. Core
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Still a Bottomless Pit IV

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Why isn’t this figure newsworthy?

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Solemnity of the Assumption

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I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption.  A student replied, “Yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.” There’s a bit more to it than that.  The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven.  […]

E. L. Core
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Memorial Day 2017: Joyce Kilmer

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The poet died in battle during the Great War.

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Solemnity of the Ascension

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It is fitting to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  We rejoice to see the holy city roll out the red carpet and hail Jesus as the promised Messiah. The problem is, however, that the only crown they gave their king was a crown of thorns. This week the Church recalls a […]

E. L. Core
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National Day of Prayer 2017

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017.

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Easter Sunday

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The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He […]

Rev. Tucker Cordani
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Ash Wednesday: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

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On February 25, 2004, I was teaching English at the University of Central Florida in the Diocese of Disney, lecturing on “Ash Wednesday,” T.S. Eliot’s famous poem. There before me in the lecture hall sat several students with ashes smudged across their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Ash Wednesday. How apropos. T.S. Eliot […]

E. L. Core
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Prayers For Our Country

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From the Roman Missal.

E. L. Core
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Still a Bottomless Pit III

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Why isn’t this figure newsworthy?

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Feast of the Holy Family

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Every year right after Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.  There is an important reason for this.  It’s easy to think the “incarnation” means God took on a human body, that he appeared in human flesh. But there is much more to it than that.  In Jesus, God unites himself entirely with […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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John the Baptist and Spiritual Joy

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On the third Sunday of Advent, penitential purple gives way to pink and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday. “Rejoice heartily in the Lord, says Isaiah” (61:10). “My Spirit finds joy in God my Savior,” says the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 47). “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says St. Paul (I Thes. 5:16). “Make straight […]

Sharon Serratore
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The Rhoda Wise Miracle House of Canton, Ohio

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For sports fans and road trippers a visit to Canton Ohio is sure to feature a stop in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where much-loved teams are enshrined for their Super Bowl wins and their grid-iron greats.  Just an hour’s drive southeast of Cleveland, Canton also boasts one of the largest US Presidential tombs […]

E. L. Core
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The Electoral Series

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Game by game, state by state.

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Dedication of St. John Lateran

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As a rebellious teenager, I thought that Catholics should stop wasting their money on expensive churches.  We ought to sell them all and buy food for the poor, I argued.Funny thing.  Jesus, who cared much for the poor, did not have this attitude.  As an adolescent, he yearned to spend time in Herod’s sumptuous Temple […]

Jake Frost
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Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel

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Our three year old daughter Liz was in the backseat of the car while my wife was driving.  Mom made a wrong turn. “Grrr,” my wife grumbled, “wrong turn!” From the backseat Liz’s voice chimed:  “Recalculating!” That made my wife crack-up.  But while Mom was laughing out loud, Liz didn’t see the humor. “That’s what […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Feast of the Holy Cross

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Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew […]

E. L. Core
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Murder, USA: Is It Really As Bad As We Think?

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Murder rates have fallen dramatically.

E. L. Core
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The Allahu-Akbar Escalation

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What will it take to make us believe them?

E. L. Core
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Fight for the Right

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He would know.

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Trinity Sunday: Is it Relevant?

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Many are ready to give a polite nod of some sort to Jesus of Nazareth. Most honor him as a great moral teacher. Many even confess him as Savior. But the Incarnation of the Eternal God? Second person of the Holy Trinity? God can’t be one and three at the same time. Such a notion […]

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