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All-around education helps us glimpse the mind of God

It isn’t every day that we find the likes of Fareed Zakaria and Blessed John Henry Newman in the same sentence and, in a larger sense, on the same page. The first is the familiar CNN commentator on foreign policy and a recognized contemporary expert on international relations, the son of immigrants to the U.S. […]


Learning to show mercy freely, without the cloud of judgment

It’s the year of mercy, and so far my biggest personal challenge has come from an interview I heard reporter Sarah Koenig conduct with the U.S. Central Command. The women interviewed, who were anonymous for their protection, work in “personnel recovery”. Their jobs are to search for anyone missing in a conflict zone. Their work […]


The Ascension; Pietro Perugino, 1505
Easter capstone

The Scripture readings used from the ascension onward reveal a few contradictions. These purposeful discrepancies are the cornerstone of the Liturgy’s calen­dar. Luke’s Gospel says that the ascen­sion took place Easter Sunday eve­ning. Luke also penned the Acts of the Apostles, which indicates that the ascension took place 40 days after the resurrection. These kinds […]


Practicing the under-publicized virtue of recreation

Suddenly coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage. At one time, a few craft shops here and there stocked little books of geometric designs in black and white for adults to tint and possibly frame. Now, though, coloring books for those old enough to vote (and their grandparents) are turning up in bookstores, pharmacies, […]


Consider the humanity of the men and women behind bars

“I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Mt 25:36) I’ve never been inside a prison. The closest I have come to inmates is driving past a highway work crew. Too often, I have failed to give much thought, much less show compassion, to people in prison. Yet Jesus did not overlook the […]


Mother May

Each May, the Church turns its gaze to Mary. From processions to more richly decorated stat­ues, “May” and “Mary” are separat­ed by only one letter for a reason. May had special import in Chris­tian antiquity. The annual Jewish calendar began with Abib, meaning “fresh fruit.” It corresponds to our April and it was the first […]


What we may see on our back roads reveals our true glamor

South Carolina is glamorous. There are shell-strewn sands running from North Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head. Charleston has its spires, Rainbow Row and out­lying plantations. Columbia displays high culture, USC Gamecocks and all the symbols of government. The Upstate swings into the Blue Ridge and exults in expansive growth and Clemson tiger tails. But there […]


Are we simply a secular society?

During Holy Week 2016, New York’s Cardinal Dolan posted a complaint about the fact that basketball’s March Madness includ­ed Good Friday games in which two Catholic universities would be com­peting. Apparently no one represent­ing these two institutions of higher learning had blinked. We probably should not be sur­prised. After all, we Catholics do all sorts […]


Holy floaters

Occasionally people point out something is floating in the chalice at Mass. No one wants to consume even a holy liquid that has some solid floating inside. The Church sees the Mass as the living memorial of the Lord’s Pas­sion, resurrection and ascension. His Passion began with the Last Supper and each account of that […]


Hoarding cold pizza and trusting in God

Let me tell you something about middle schoolers that I’ve learned over the years. They hoard food. In every parish I’ve worked in or visited — no matter how well I know the kitchens are stocked in their homes — middle schoolers will stuff their pockets with cookies, chips and cans of coke before, during […]


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