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Stewardship as a ministry of presence and prayer

What if being truly present at Mass each Sunday was the most important priority of the week? What if being a prayerful example to others was the highest purpose for

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Bert Mahon, lukewarm Christian, has a Catholic moment

Bert Mahon, an Iowa farmer who must have died more than 50 years ago, would never have imagined his name appearing in any newspaper, and certainly not a Catholic diocesan

Columns That All May Be One

Pope visits Saint Teresa memorial in Macedonia

Pope Francis recently made a pastoral visit to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. It was the first papal visit to the newly named North Macedonia and second visit of a pope

Columns Growing in Faith

‘Family Love: A Vocation and Path to Holiness’

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has published the theme for the World Meeting of Families, scheduled to take place in Rome from June 23-27, 2021.  The meeting

Columns Growing in Faith

Dreams of world peace and dialogue

Many people probably glossed over the headlines reporting that Pope Francis visited Bulgaria and North Macedonia last week. Unless you are of Balkan descent, or a Börek aficionado (the common

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Spiritual and psychological benefits of sabbath worship

Weekend worship should enjoy a better reception than it gets. Martin Luther King said Sunday morning is the week’s most segregated time in America. Whites are in their churches and

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Memories of the ‘Night of Broken Glass’

This past Wednesday the Jewish community of Southern New Jersey held their annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) commemoration at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill. This commemoration takes place throughout

Columns Growing in Faith

Nicholas Black Elk’s gift of sweetgrass

Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk, like all saintly people, gives gifts. Among the most important is a life well-lived. He was many things: second cousin of Crazy Horse, veteran

Columns Growing in Faith

Pope Francis and his selection of bishops

Given a series of factors including the sexual abuse crisis and the ongoing importance of the see in American (and thus global) political life, much of the attention about Pope

Columns Growing in Faith

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