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Undeserving
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Undeserving

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I woke up this morning. I could have instead been meeting my Maker, sautéing like a piece of human bacon in the eternal frying pan or dancing with angels. You must have woken too or you wouldn’t be reading this. Have you ever put much thought in that? Waking up in the morning is not even […]

Archbishop Carlson Defends Life
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Archbishop Carlson Defends Life

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You may have heard of sanctuary cities and thought the term only applied to a city that protects illegal immigrants. But if you thought that was the case, you would be wrong—at least when it comes to St. Louis, Missouri. According to a recent St. Louis public radio report: “Two St. Louis aldermen, in partnership […]

Mother and Son Survived Two Years Under the Thumb of the Islamic State
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Mother and Son Survived Two Years Under the Thumb of the Islamic State

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By Jaco Klamer Late last year, Ismail fled Mosul with his mother Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi (55), the two having survived ISIS’ reign of terror for two years. From the safety of Erbil, Kurdistan, the Iraqi Christians, former residents of the town of Bartella, on the Nineveh plain, told their story to international Catholic charity […]

Bioethics 2016: Winners and Losers
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Bioethics 2016: Winners and Losers

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Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Winners: Stephanie Packer is more than a winner; she really is a hero. Sitting down with her while making […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 15, 2017: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, January 15, 2017: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 Gospel: John 1:29-34 Seeing Jesus More Clearly, A Work of the Holy Spirit Behold, the Lamb of God. (John 1:29) Every Sunday, just before we receive the Eucharist, the priest […]

Epiphany: The Light of the World
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Epiphany: The Light of the World

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Rome is known as the Eternal City for good reason. One of the city’s ancient marvels is the Egyptian obelisk in Saint Peter’s Square, a block of marble as tall as a tree that weighs 330 tons. Erected as a monument to Pharaoh in 1850 BC, it stood watch over the whole of Egyptian history, […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 8, 2017: The Epiphany of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 8, 2017: The Epiphany of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 The Importance of Listening to and Being Guided by the Holy Spirit The star that they had seen at its rising preceded them. (Matthew 2:9) The Magi certainly […]

Trump Faces a Different Sort of UN Reform
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Trump Faces a Different Sort of UN Reform

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Holding the UN more accountable isn’t just about using the power of the President and Congress to withhold funds—as past Republican administrations have rightly but perhaps restrictively tended to do. The incoming U.S. administration and Congress have an immediate opportunity for real UN reform, but it means reining-in an ever more intrusive UN bureaucracy, especially […]

Federal Debt Interest
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Still a Bottomless Pit III

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Why isn’t this figure newsworthy?

Reflections for Sunday, January 1, 2017 Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
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Reflections for Sunday, January 1, 2017 Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27 2nd Reading: Galatians 4:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 Joining Mary in Pondering and Praising the Lord Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) On this New Year’s Day, you might say, […]

Feast of the Holy Family
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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 […]

Book Review: The Best is Yet to Come
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Book Review: The Best is Yet to Come

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Looking to make the most of the new year? Thinking that your life needs an attitude adjustment but aren’t sure where to begin? The Best is Yet to Come: Living Fully in Each Moment by Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin (Sorin Books, 2016) offers a wonderful guide to squeezing the maximum amount of joy out of […]

Ohio State Linebacker Goes From Walk-On to Scholarship Captain
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Ohio State Linebacker Goes From Walk-On to Scholarship Captain

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Coming out of high school in 2012, Joe Burger was not offered a scholarship to Ohio State University. Undeterred, he worked hard at contributing to the team in any way he could. His work has paid off, as he was awarded a scholarship last year. And now the linebacker is a senior captain of the […]

The Castro Regime: Repression of the Rights to Life and Liberty
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The Castro Regime: Repression of the Rights to Life and Liberty

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Freedom is never free. The passing of Fidel Castro is a keen reminder that many liberties so often taken for granted in the West, even as they are rapidly diminishing in the face of radical secularism, are still not a given for many. For over 55 years, the Castro regime perpetrated numerous human rights abuses. […]

Joy of Christmas Carries Hope for the Ages
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Joy of Christmas Carries Hope for the Ages

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The Christmas Season is meant for inexpressible Joy. After all, Advent marks the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to save humanity from the penalty of sin and evil. It should be a joyous time as we contemplate this colossal event that was so immense that even the heavens were shaken and altered at what […]

A Christmas Letter from Aleppo
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A Christmas Letter from Aleppo

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By Father Ziad Hilal, S.J. ALEPPO, Syria–For the past few days, Aleppo city has been breathing sighs of relief. Since the rebels reached an agreement with the regime forces and its allies to evacuate all civilians and militants from their last stronghold in east Aleppo city, there finally can be some peace. From the very […]

The Beauty of Sacramental Love
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The Beauty of Sacramental Love

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While preparing for the celebration of the birth of Christ this year, we must also think about the wonderful blessings that Joseph and Mary experienced when God chose them to be the parents of His Son. Mary, who was conceived without original sin, and Joseph, who was vowed to Mary’s virginity and to his role […]

Christ Has Come; He Will Come Again; I Can Say All is Well
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Christ Has Come; He Will Come Again; I Can Say All is Well

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Saint Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch overseeing 1st century Syrian Christians and was a disciple of the Apostle John. He wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus as he was being transported to Rome to face wild beasts in the arena. He said, “For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord […]

Pro-Family Leaders Launch Declaration on Marriage in Cape Town
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Pro-Family Leaders Launch Declaration on Marriage in Cape Town

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Pro-family leaders from around the world recently gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to roll out and sign a declaration that aims to protect the family and traditional marriage. In its five short paragraphs, the Cape Town Declaration recognizes the family as the “first and primordial community” and “the bedrock of civil society.” It reaffirms […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 25, 2016 - The Nativity of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, December 25, 2016 – The Nativity of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6 Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-6 Gospel: John 1:1-18 Seeing God’s Humility and His Plan for Us in the Birth of Jesus The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (John 1:14) The date: December 1223. The place: […]

LIFE -- It's Wonderful!
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LIFE — It’s Wonderful!

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In the classic Christmas film “It’s a wonderful life” George Bailey is an honest man living in small town whose life seems so desperate that he contemplates suicide. George’s guardian angel intercedes as he prepares to jump from a bridge showing him how dark the world would have been if he had never lived. The […]

Come Let Us Adore Him
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Come Let Us Adore Him

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Adoration: The intense and greatest admiration culminating in reverent worship of the divine. Acts of homage in words of praise, prayer or gifts that express the adoring attitude of the creature in the presence of his Creator. The expression of the soul’s mystical realization of God’s presence (Smith’s Bible Dictionary, 1901). There is just one […]

The Empowering Depth and Dimension of Christmas
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The Empowering Depth and Dimension of Christmas

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There is more to Christmas than just Christ’s birth. It serves as the beginning of an epic, and Advent is the prologue whereby we prepare for the first spellbinding chapter. There’s a thread running through Christmas that ties into so many other Christological elements, including Christ as Divine Lover, in concert with the poetry of […]

Make Family Reconciliation an Advent Tradition
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Make Family Reconciliation an Advent Tradition

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It is 1535 London.  The prior of the Carthusian monks at the London Charterhouse tries to prepare his brothers for a coming persecution, martyrdom for many of them.  The Prior, John Houghton exhorts his brother Carthusians to prepare their hearts by a general confession to God, and gives leave that every one should choose any […]

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