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A Holy Week ‘special devotion’ experience

During this Semana Santa, the holiest week of the year when we mark the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, half a world away from South Jersey, pilgrims are experiencing a

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What I learned on a trip to Honduras

Last year, I met a Honduran woman whose husband had been killed in 2016. Her 13-year-old-daughter met the same fate in September 2017. Twice this woman made the harrowing journey

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Remembering Saint Stanislaus the Martyr

Roughly one-third of all Polish immigrants to the United States live in the Chicagoland area, and Illinois and Wisconsin have among the highest percentages of those of Polish descent outside

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‘Tear open your heart and demand renewal’

In this Lenten season, the church, through the mouth of the prophet Joel, consistently reminds us to “rend our hearts and not our garments,” (Jl 2:13) in our approach to

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A meditation on hoops and Lenten hopes

As I was heading downstairs one night to write this blog entry, I ran into a priest and another seminarian. The priest smiled and asked if I was going to

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Being a ‘steward of creation’ this Lent

Lent has traditionally been an annual opportunity to recalibrate one’s relationship with his or her neighbor and the gifts of creation, in addition to with God. In preparation to celebrate

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Polarization, dialogue and power dynamics

Last week the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM) convened at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. This group of representatives from Catholic higher education institutions

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A man of God, a man of the church

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, an increasingly close collaborator with Pope Francis who has seen a meteoric rise to become his personal Vicar for Rome, opened the cause for canonization for

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A people of life, and a church of life

I did not sleep well last night. I woke up about 1:30 a.m. and could not sleep. Maybe I was upset over the news I heard the evening before about

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‘Love is work,’ and a lifelong commitment

For many Christians, the central thrust of their life on earth will take place either in, or in direct contact with, married life. This does not negate the realities of