Lord, to whom shall we go?
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The passing of George H.W. Bush, our forty-first president, has moved me. I’ve always admired him. While working at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, I got to meet him a number of times, … more
The national feast of Thanksgiving brings me warm memories...family; prayer, Mass, and food drives for the poor at the parish; grandparents, aunts and uncles now passed onto eternity; two free days … more
La fiesta nacional de Acción de Gracias me trae cálidos recuerdos...familia, oración, misa y comida para los pobres de la parroquia; abuelos, tías y tíos pasaron a … more
As you know, my first column in November, the month of the Faithful Departed… more
You are aware, I trust, that these weeks of October are designated Respect Life Month. As Pope Francis recently observed, almost all our problems and woes can be traced back to a loss of reverence … more
Confió que ustedes están conscientes, que estas semanas de octubre son designadas al Mes del Respeto a la Vida.Como observó recientemente el Papa Francisco, casi todos nuestros … more
While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
En general, mi columna no es un lugar para analizar los cambios del personal, pero espero que me permita contarle algo sobre dos decisiones que son particularmente importantes para nuestra … more
My column is not usually a place to discuss personnel moves, but I hope you will allow me to give you some background on two decisions that are particularly … more
At first I thought it was maybe just me. All summer, with news of the stinging scandals—Theodore McCarrick, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, the controversy caused by Archbishop Vigano’s … more
Sí, sé que la devoción clásica popular del Vía Crucis, de acompañar con reverencia a Jesús en su tortuoso viaje desde su injusta condena por parte de … more
Yes, I know that the classical, popular devotion, the Via Crucis—reverently accompanying Jesus on His tortured journey from unjust condemnation by Pontius Pilate, to His repose in the arms of … more
Maybe it’s because he preached these words in my hometown of St. Louis at Mass on his visit there in 1999, but the following teaching of Pope St. John Paul II has always had a special meaning … more
The gospels, through the Transfiguration, teach us that Jesus is the light of a world often seemingly cloudy and gloomy. In His splendor, His divinity is dramatically apparent to His three friends. more
We all enjoy reminiscing about the “good old days” when, so we ruminate, all was simpler, clearer, happier. When I was a graduate student in Church history, our acclaimed professor, … more
A blessed Fourth of July and summer! I was home in St. Louis last weekend, a cherished, enjoyable family reunion like most of us celebrate these happy weeks of summer. As I sat on the porch … more
Last weekend’s newspapers, and reports on TV and radio, understandably had a lot on dads, since Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Was it just me, though, or were there more stories than usual … more
We all wonder about it at one time or another! What’s at the core of the universe? What is at the very foundation of existence? What power makes the world tick? Those of us fortunate … more
Here’s an important word in the Catholic lexicon: holistic. When looking at the miracle, the work of art that we call the human person, we take in the whole: body, mind, and soul. This is … more
May...the month of Mary. It’s appropriate, is it not? Creation is bursting with life. Grass, leaves, bushes, flowers—allergies!—all over the place. Nature is as it should … more
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