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Louie Verrecchio
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How the West was Really Won

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On December 9, 1531, a poor and humble man from a remote village, some fourteen miles outside of present-day Mexico City, had a miraculous encounter with a mysterious lady and the Americas would never be the same. That peasant was Juan Diego, and the mysterious lady that he encountered was none other than she whom […]

Marybeth Hicks
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With Right to Work, Hell Freezes Over in Michigan

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This just in: Hell freezes over, pigs fly, Jimmy Hoffa rises from the dead, joins labor protests at state capital. I’m just kidding. We all know pigs can’t fly. The fact, however, that the Legislature of my home state of Michigan has just voted to become the nation’s 24th right-to-work state is nothing short of […]

Rev. Tucker Cordani
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Second Week of Advent: B.I.B.L.E. – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

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In 1979 I received my First Communion and, as a communion gift, my first Bible, The Illustrated Children’s Bible.  I cherished this present and the stories never left my memory, even after I lost the Bible, many years ago. The Word of God is eternal and omnipresent; it remains imprinted on our souls from our […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Advent: A Season of Hope

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Second Sunday of Advent Faith, hope, and love.  St. Paul, in I Corinthians 13:13, say these three are the bottom line.  They are called the theological virtues, the qualities that make us most like God. We hear plenty about faith and love.  But when is the last time you heard a rousing homily on hope?  […]

Marge Fenelon
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Learning How to Be a Mother-in-Law

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Frankly, I was completely in shock. Not that we didn’t expect it – we’ve been expecting it for some time. And, it wasn’t that we weren’t happy about it, either, because we were and still are. No, I was in shock because this would make me the…you know…the… mother-in-law. I’ve heard about those creatures, the […]

Louie Verrecchio
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A Trifecta of Dishonesty

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In the words of Billy Joel’s 1979 hit ballad, “Honesty,” “Honesty is such a lonely word; everyone is so untrue.” How much more true do those words ring today, some three decades later? To wit, I’d like to touch on three examples of rank dishonesty: one spiritual, one intellectual, and one liturgical. Spiritual Dishonesty In […]

Rev. Tucker Cordani
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First Week of Advent: From the Incarnation to the Parousia

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Wednesday, November 21.  I drove eleven hours through the Megalopolis of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.  It was the day before Thanksgiving, the busiest traveling day of the year in the U.S.  Was I crazy?  Maybe, but a daylong drive through stop-and-go traffic was what I wanted to help prepare for Advent.  […]

Cheryl Dickow
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Letting God Find You

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Before my feet touched the floor on January 1st, 2012, I offered a simple prayer: Please Lord, before the year is over, find me where you want me to be. Up to that point, I had been suffering from a decades-long chronic condition and although I imagined health in my future, that morning I offered every […]

Marge Fenelon
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Happy New Year!

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Today, we celebrate a New Year’s Day in the Catholic Church. Not unlike the secular New Year’s Day we celebrate in the secular world, the First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. It also marks our time of longing and anticipation for the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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How God Makes Beauty from Barrenness

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The weather was still chilly on the May morning when I found myself pacing in a northern-Wisconsin parking lot, trying to find a sweet spot in the gray sky overhead where my cell phone would work. My mother and I were traveling together, taking a break from visiting my grandmother in her Green Bay nursing […]

Russell Shaw
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Catholic Politics

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The cardinal looked grim. “This is the situation now,” he said. “One political party is dangerous and the other is stupid.” Since that was said in a private chat, it wouldn’t be fair for me to name the speaker. But his comment expresses sentiments that probably are widely shared in the American hierarchy today, as […]

Marybeth Hicks
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“Two and a Half Men” Teen is the Real Grown-Up

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Another of the stars of the hit CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” has imploded, metaphorically speaking, but this time I’m betting the damage to the actor’s career is beyond repair. Recall that in March 2011, Charlie Sheen’s erratic behavior on the set and off finally resulted in his being canned by the producers […]

Rev. Tucker Cordani
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Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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“Absolute power,” Lord Acton wrote, “corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men.”   Good and bad can be a matter of degree, something that can be adjusted like the volume dial on a radio.  If power is relative then that it means different things to different people, and its abuse becomes a matter […]

Russell Shaw
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An Inhuman Economic System

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If someone is looking for material for a book with a title like Profiles of an Inhuman Economic System, consider what follows to be a contribution to the cause. It’s about a man I know whom I’ll call Joe. His wife told me his story. Joe is an honest, conscientious guy who, a couple of […]

Rev. Tucker Cordani
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The Word Made Fresh: the Second and Third Epistles of Saint John the Apostle

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“Anyone who is so ‘progressive’ as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God” (2 John 9).   Saint John the Apostle wrote of progressivism in his second letter 1,900 years ago.  He directed his argument to the “lady elect and her children,” that is, to the community of believers who […]

Jann FritzHuspen
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Re-imagining Shepherds

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What comes to your mind when you hear the familiar Bible passage from Luke 2:8-10, where the angels appear to the shepherds to proclaim the birth of a savior and His peace? Do you picture cute, little, cherub-faced boys and girls? Do you imagine shepherds that look like those sappy Precious Moments figurines you see […]

Louie Verrecchio
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The Silence of the Shepherds: The Nation and the Church Gone Astray

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In the days following last week’s U.S. presidential election, a staggering amount of analysis has focused on Republican messaging, demographics and core constituencies — so much so that the fundamental point has been missed entirely. If the Second Coming of Obama is evidence of anything, it is the godlessness of our nation, the majority of […]

Dr. Paul Kengor
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Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

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Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, Mitt Romney lost, and now a bitter debate has ensued over the future of the Republican Party, with liberal Democrats happily […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Civic Illiteracy Won the White House for Obama

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It was only 7:15 last Tuesday evening when my daughter, who works in conservative journalism, texted me to say the election was lost. For a painful four hours, I watched the results confirm her early analysis. When it was clear the president would be re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had lost, I took an […]

Mary Biever
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How to Organize Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

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I reinvented Thanksgiving dinner 3 years ago, and not by choice. Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite dinners to fix for my family. Three years ago, things changed. I was recovering from major surgery, forbidden from driving, forbidden from lifting more than 5 pounds, and needed to sit more than stand. My husband and our […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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What Would Women Saints Say?

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It’s busy season for debates over the role of women in Christianity. First, there was the so-called “war on nuns,” the high-profile skirmish between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Then followed Harvard divinity professor Karen King’s revelation of a now widely discredited papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife. Now comes […]

Dr. Paul Kengor
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America’s Fundamental Transformation

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Timing is everything in politics. For four years, I angered conservatives by insisting Barack Obama would get reelected. I figured that an electorate willing to elect a man with ideas and a record that far to the left in 2008 would do so again. I began changing my view, however, after the first presidential debate. […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Time to Temper the Political Discourse

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Someone should take a poll asking Americans how they feel about polling. I’m pretty sure our shared distaste for it is one thing about which nearly all of us would agree. Of all the polling data released in the week leading up to Tuesday’s election, the one that struck me as most revealing came from […]

Fr. Frank Pavone
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Avoid the Election Day Traps! – Part Two

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When Election Day arrives, so do the traps that come with it. In my previous column I examined four of them, and here I present five more. Be sure you avoid these pitfalls, and help others avoid them, too! 5. I’ll show them! — using the election to vent our anger. Sometimes individuals or groups […]

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