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Father Esposito: Suffering and the measure of the world

Monday, April 1, 20240589 I was deeply impressed by the answer a fellow priest gave recently to a question that I ponder frequently. When asked to name one unifying cause for the troubles that plague us as American Catholics, he simply said, “I think we try to avoid...

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Father Bayer: Drawing life from the side of Jesus

I’ve celebrated several baptisms lately, and I think I’ve realized something beautiful about the sacraments: We come to new life through a mystical embrace, through sacramental contact with the “side” of Jesus. Saturday, March 9, 2024

Father Esposito: The mystery of your priestly sacrifices

No easy interpretation of Genesis 22 exists. The account of God’s test of Abraham is truly awe-ful. It gives us no psychological insights into the heart of Abraham or Isaac, and the sparse narrative details — the three days’ journey, the... Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Father Dankasa: Practicing a faith that could become boring

As Catholic priests, there are certain activities and rituals that we carry out as part of our priestly duties, functions, and ministry. These functions include celebrating the Mass, hearing confessions, giving a homily/reflection, praying the... Thursday, February 22, 2024

Who would Jesus heal today?

Today, many are brokenhearted and suffer from mental health conditions; according to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 adult Americans experience mental illness, leading to significant negative changes in thinking, emotion,... Sunday, February 18, 2024

Preparing to bear fruit: A Lenten reflection

I love Lent. But it was not always like that. As a kid, my whole understanding of Lent was shaped by the commandment: Thou shalt give up something that you love. Monday, February 12, 2024

Father Bayer: Looking for prophets

My impression is that many people today think we live in unprecedented and negative times. They feel afraid as they watch ideologies make bold moves for economic and political power. In a certain basic sense, it is hard for me to agree that our... Friday, February 9, 2024

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