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Look Him in the Eye

April 26, AD 2015 4 Comments
Look Him in the Eye

How often do you walk by someone who is homeless or in need, asking for change on the street? This is often more common in larger cities, but even where I live in a college town, there are many homeless men and women asking for aid on street corners. I’ve even encountered homeless individuals in […]

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Sharing the Treasures of Humanity with the Poor

April 5, AD 2015 2 Comments
Sharing the Treasures of Humanity with the Poor

Last Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Vatican organized an exclusive tour of the Vatican museums for 150 homeless people in Rome. During the tour, the Pope himself welcomed the guests, telling them, “This is everyone’s house and your house. The doors are always open for all.” Catholic News Services interviewed one of the guests, an […]

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The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

September 17, AD 2014 1 Comment
The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we seek to help […]

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Some Obstacles to Happiness

May 27, AD 2014 0 Comments
Some Obstacles to Happiness

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and blessedness (ergo, happiness) is described for us by Jesus […]

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Justice Is Not Always Comforting

January 7, AD 2014 2 Comments
Justice Is Not Always Comforting

To state a tautology, we all deserve justice. Moreover, most people will, I think claim to desire justice if asked. And, since God is not only supreme but also supremely just, we will all ultimately get justice, if not in this life then certainly in the next. On the surface this last sounds good, but […]

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Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

January 2, AD 2014 0 Comments
Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

In the Philippines, while the well-to-do families feast on traditional ham, roasted suckling pig, steak, or turkey on Christmas Eve, many other people spend the night begging. Way back in 2009, my friend Carlos had spiritual direction sessions with a priest famed for his work with the poor.  Carlos documented his own major spiritual experiences […]

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A Different Set of New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, AD 2013 1 Comment
A Different Set of New Year’s Resolutions

Is the holiday season over yet? Have we spent some good time breathlessly visiting family, getting in all those traditions, whirling from uncle to brother to cousin? I certainly have, but I have to tell ya, I’m also looking forward to getting back to the regular old routine. All this visiting and spending time with […]

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Tyrannical Charity

November 6, AD 2013 1 Comment
Tyrannical Charity

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished those of us who ostentatiously […]

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Finding Time for Radical Charity

July 28, AD 2013 1 Comment
Finding Time for Radical Charity

To my right, I held my younger sister’s hand. She held my dad’s, as he lay in his hospice bed. As he was taking his last breaths, and my hand gripped tighter to my sister’s, the other wrapped around my belly, eight months pregnant with my first child. I stood, quite literally, between life and […]

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To Guide The Helpless

July 19, AD 2012 2 Comments
To Guide The Helpless

And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels. – Hebrews 3:2 I love to travel. It never occurs to me that there could be unforeseen complications when galavanting around the country (or the world). My approach is to simply be prepared as possible, and then deal with whatever […]

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404 Error

May 11, AD 2012 3 Comments
404 Error

My brain is not in the least interested in our symposium topic this week.  The address for “mercy” + “forgiveness” + “killing” NOT “animals” was not found. Like any good writer, I hunted around for input, hoping to get some ideas about either mercy or killing.  According to my mom friends, every mother’s life “is […]

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False Greatness and its Remedy

April 11, AD 2012 2 Comments
False Greatness and its Remedy

Most of the time I assume myself to be a person falling into the same category Churchill found himself in when dealing with people he didn’t like: “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” People rub me the wrong way, and they will continue to do so […]

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Living poverty

April 9, AD 2012 5 Comments
Living poverty

In the latest installment of USA Today’s On Religion series, veteran journalist Judith Valente writes about Benedictine nuns in Atchison, Kansas. One choice sentence: “Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together, preventing us from blowing each other apart, just might stem from the prayers of these monastic women and others like them across the […]

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END TIMES?

October 15, AD 2011 1 Comment
END TIMES?

Global uprising as Occupy Wall Street Spreads International, Riots in Rome.   When the Tea Party spread across the nation, there were peaceful demonstrations brought together by everyday, freedom loving Americans. The Tea Party scared the living heck out of the Left in America. Mainstream media, which is dominated largely by leftist leaning ideologues, hated […]

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