Unexpected Christmas guests: a great gift

There is a religious ceremony, somewhat ecumenical these days, called the Lighting of the Advent Wreath. The wreath is made of fir tree branches,...

Bread, prayer, work and all they imply

As I researched this series on Salvador Dalí, I tried to get my hands on as many books about his work and life...

A lesson from Ralphie on active waiting

Traditions have a way of sneaking up on you. One minute you’re doing something a little different and then — snap — you’ve...

Pope Francis’ missionary trip to Asia

During Pope Francis’ “missionary” trip to Asia he was greeted at the first stay of his visit in Thailand to cheers of welcome...

Artistic interpretations of reality beyond the physical

Salvador Dalí’s most recognizable paintings are probably The Persistence of Memory and its quasi-sequel The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory. It’s here that...

Inspiration for an artistic view of ‘The Ecumenical Council’

A detail from Diego Velázquez’s 1656 painting “Las Meninas.” In place of a signature on his own painting “The Ecumenical Council,”...

Christian faith in the resurrection of the dead

All Souls Day Mass — Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrated Mass in the Chapel at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in Cherry Hill...

‘The mission of the church, the vision of its unity’

Last column I shared with you that the Roman Catholic Church officially responded to the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) document “The Church: Towards...

Pride fueled by hyper-tribalism is toxic

In modern usage the term “tribalism” usually refers to a way of thinking or behaving in which people are loyal to their social...

The bishops’ purpose in going to the Eternal City

Pope Francis meets with U.S. bishops from the New England States at the Vatican Nov. 7, 2019. The bishops were making...
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