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What am I supposed to do when I see a panhandler?

“Could you buy me a cup of coffee? And a donut? A man named Wayne stopped me outside a Starbucks in Milwaukee recently, where my family and I were visiting

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This Earth Day, care for God’s creation

What’s your favorite natural place on Earth? When I ask this question during talks I give around the diocese, you can probably guess the one answer I hear the most

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Welcoming refugees is the Lord’s work

Have you ever had a moment when you just knew the Holy Spirit was at work right in front of you? When your spine tingles and your eyes grow wide?

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A Lesson of Christmas: God has special love for the poor and vulnerable

Every Christmas morning, my friend Sean’s parents would load their three sons into the family car and head to a local soup kitchen. Sean and his brothers would help out

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Ways to practice mercy during the Jubilee Year

In late November, custodian Jose Moran set up the Christmas manger at Holy Jesus Child Church in Queens, N.Y. He took a lunch break and then returned to the church.

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A solidarity pilgrimage to West Virginia

Last winter, a friend of mine in West Virginia invited me to speak at a social ministries conference there. “Sounds good,” I said to her,” but instead of just me,

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Life & Justice Lecture presenter Charles Camosy

Dr. Charles Camosy is a professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University in the Bronx and author of the new book “Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a

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What’s in a name? There’s a whole lot

In his modern spiritual classic “Tattoos on the Heart,” Jesuit Father Greg Boyle writes about the gang-intervention ministry he runs in Los Angeles. Frequently, Father Greg says Mass at juvenile

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LaSalle theologian to give Romero Lecture March 20

An innovative theologian and dynamic teacher, Dr. Maureen H. O’Connell, Chair of the Department of Religion at LaSalle University, will deliver the 15th annual Romero Lecture at Rutgers-Camden on Friday,

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Fasting for Lent and the FaithFULL Food Drive

For as long as I can remember, my mom has given up sweets for both Lent and Advent. As a kid, this struck me as bizarre, but I never asked