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The significance of the empty tomb

“So, tell me the significance of the empty tomb?” This question was asked of a student of theology by a professor of Christology. The tomb referred to in the question

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When we want to rewrite Scripture

In preparation for Holy Week this year, I have been re-reading “A Prophetic Voice in the City” by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (1927-2012). Cardinal Martini was a biblical scholar most

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A second grade lesson worth remembering

As a child, I recall being taught by Sister Celestine to give up something for Lent. The whole class of second graders, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, gave up various sweets

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Two saints who simply could not agree

“People who profoundly love the church can profoundly disagree.” Of course, such a statement appears obviously acceptable to most people at first blush. There are analogues to be drawn with

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Egypt’s complex and storied Christian history

In what is an unusually expedited timeline, the Vatican announced this week that Pope Francis will travel over the extended Easter season to visit Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during the

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Grace comes with the abandonment of self

The Western Church celebrates a relatively late start to Lent this year. One benefit is that as our spiritual journeys of penitence and self-reflection are still relatively fresh, the timing

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Only God can provide us with true happiness

Just a few weeks ago, on Jan. 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America took the oath of office, becoming the chief executive of the government.

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The saint who chose Providence over politics

While attending an event at Georgetown with Father Guy Consolmagno, S.J., the director of the Vatican Observatory, a few friends and I took an Uber over to the campus of

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Celebrating the feast of the Epiphany in Spain

In many European countries, the feast of the Epiphany is still celebrated on its traditional date of Jan. 6, the 12th day of Christmas, and is not transferred to a

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A musical antidote to holiday consumerism

On a brief stop in New Jersey on my way to Spain and Italy for the holidays, I recently attended a holiday performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Princeton University. If