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Throwback Thursday: Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation

Like the Child Jesus, who is “forever the sign of God’s tenderness and presence in our world . . . today too, children are a sign. They are a sign of hope, a sign of life,” said Pope Francis during his visit to Bethlehem in 2014.  “Wherever children are accepted, loved, cared for and protected, […]

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The Word of God

We continue to read from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. In today’s reading, we learn that we are justified by faith apart from the Law. The debates about faith and works are often the result of varied interpretations of today’s text. One of the sources of confusion is a failure to […]

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Good News in the On-Going Challenges to Our Religious Liberties

It is a pleasure to share with you news that last Friday evening a binding agreement was signed between the United States Department of Justice and Jones Day, the law firm representing this archdiocese and more than 70 other religious entities and dioceses across the country. This settlement brings to a conclusion our litigation challenging […]

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Romans 1 – Is It a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end […]

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Revitalized Parishes as Centers of the New Evangelization

Parishes play an essential role in the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel.  The 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization recognized that parishes are the places where so many people most experience the life of the Church. In the parish, one encounters Jesus in the initial proclamation of the Good News of salvation, […]

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St. Paul Was Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Are We?

St. Paul writes this in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). “Gospel” here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the […]

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Faith Is About Obedience

There is a very important phrase in the beginning of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which we are reading in daily Mass. A common modern conception of what it means to have faith has an egocentric element, for which St. Paul provides a remedy. In describing his authority and mission as an apostle, he […]

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Party or Perish

The past three Sundays have featured shocking parables about our readiness, fruitfulness, and decision as to whether to accept and enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard extensively: a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what […]

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The Good News of Salvation in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Although superseded this year because it falls on a Sunday, October 15 is usually the day when the Church lifts up for us Saint Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church whose witness and writings continue to offer lessons for the people of God. Like the modern age with its rapid changes and diminished […]

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Our God Sits High Yet Looks Low – A Meditation on Our Smallness

There is a rather humorous aspect of the story of the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis. You likely know the basic story, which begins with the men of that early time saying, Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make […]

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