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Father Fry: The light shines in the darkness

Sunday, December 3, 20230173 In a special way during Advent, we unite ourselves in prayer with the sentiments of the Blessed Mother who in silent waiting carried the hidden Savior within her womb for nine months. Mary in turn intercedes for us, as faith, hope, and joy are born...

Father Dankasa: When Thanksgiving becomes ‘thank you’

Monday, November 20, 20230514 One of the most anticipated holidays in America is Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday of November every year (and its accompanying weekend) is eagerly anticipated, not only because it is a holiday set aside for a day called Thanksgiving Day, but also...

Father Esposito: Notes on faith, love, and hope

Friday, November 17, 20230637 St. Paul seems to have defined the triad we know today as the theological virtues: faith, hope, and love. No Jewish source before him brings those three words together, and the pre-Christian pagans do not speak of them as interrelated virtues.

Father Bayer: Lay engagement in the synod and beyond

Thursday, November 2, 20230182 As a member of the synod preparatory commission, one of the exciting things I have seen is the synergy between clergy and laity in our diocese. Of course, we are still a pilgrim people, and the data we received from the listening sessions shows the...

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Father Esposito: Musings on dignity and profane language

Profane and profanity are English words commonly used in reference to swearing, cursing, and hurling abusive language at someone. That’s an intriguing development from their Latin roots! A fanum is a temple or a sanctuary; attach the preposition... Thursday, October 19, 2023

Answering the call to ‘Come, follow me’

At the depth of every human heart is a vocational calling. It is the echo of Christ’s voice speaking to His people where we cannot help but listen and follow after Him. Pope St. John Paul II wrote, “In the hidden recesses of the human heart the... Thursday, October 19, 2023

Mother of all the Living: Celebrating Respect Life Month with Mary

Every October, as Catholics, we celebrate Respect Life Month. This month-long campaign of prayer and advocacy began in October of 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade. Fifty years later, and following the historic overruling of Roe last year, the... Friday, October 6, 2023

Father Esposito: Adoration always personal and communal

The current Eucharistic Revival in the United States is generating a discussion of the role of Eucharistic Adoration in the life of the Church. While the practice is encouraged by many, some people have noted that devotions such as exposition of the... Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Father Dankasa: Indivisible combo of Christ and the Church

There is a type of combo that is inseparable and, in fact, indivisible. This is the combo of Christ and the Church. Human intellect or wisdom (or lack of wisdom) can neither create nor separate such a combo. This is a divine combo, a divine presence... Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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