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I Stopped Doomscrolling to Find My Right Mind

One of the frequent complaints we hear these days is about the dangers of an internet insularity. It was one of Pope Francis’ brilliant points in Fratelli Tutti, that digital media has often created the illusion of relationship and connection but instead occluded it (#43). It is one of the internet’s great ironies,...

I Stopped Doomscrolling to Find My Right Mind
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Understanding the Bible in Historical Context

In my previous post in my ongoing series about Dei Verbum, I explained how recognizing literary genres is crucial to sound biblical interpretation. Now, as promised, I will explain why historical context is also essential. Here is what Dei Verbum says: Furthermore, the interpreter must seek the sense which the sacred author, in...

Understanding the Bible in Historical Context
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Tradition and the Individual Vocation

In the first week of Lent I learned a lot from the Fratelli Tutti Study Guide, which I chose as a focus for these forty days. Still blinking in the sunlight after breaking free from the radical traditionalist (or “rad-trad”) rabbit-hole, I took the following comment from the study guide as a keynote...

Tradition and the Individual Vocation
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An Image of Communion

Some of my best memories have taken place around a table. Birthday parties, holiday meals, dinners with friends and family at home or at a restaurant. Food is an essential part of our physical lives but sharing meals is an essential part of our emotional lives. As Catholics, we know that the need...

An Image of Communion
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Willing the Good: A survivor’s call for restorative justice

TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault and violence that may be triggering to survivors. The last three popes have called for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2018, Pope Francis revised the official teaching of the Church to state, “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack...

Willing the Good: A survivor’s call for restorative justice
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The Known Unknown

A reflection on the Sunday readings for February 26, 2021 — the Second Sunday in Lent There are things we know, there are things we don’t know, and then there is the unknown. The things we know help us to manage life. The things we do not know, we try to learn and...

The Known Unknown
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Which Pope said this?

Let us be blunt, even at the risk of being misunderstood: the true Christian is not the denominational party member but he who through being a Christian has become truly human; not he who slavishly observes a system of norms, thinking as he does so only of himself, but he who has become...

Which Pope said this?
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The Path of Interior Silence: A Haibun Lenten reflection

The later-afternoon sky fills with cirrus clouds again. The expected snow has not yet arrived, but my rheumatic joints inform me that it’s only a matter of time. That will mean yet another turn at the snow-thrower, gripping it tightly as it skids on ice, while it hurls fresh snowfall off our driveway....

The Path of Interior Silence: A Haibun Lenten reflection
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Peter the Rock and Online Catholic Extremism

Starting at 8PM/EST, 5PM/PST! Sunday’s episode of 60 minutes cited a recent survey showing that nearly 20% of white Catholics in the US believe the QAnon conspiracy theory is real. Rachel Amiri is joined by Mike Lewis, David Lafferty, and Melinda Ribnek to discuss the effects of online extremism on the US Catholic...

Peter the Rock and Online Catholic Extremism
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The Knights of Peter Claver: Black and Open to All

Friends who are not Black Catholics have asked me if they’re eligible to join the Knights of Peter Claver. My enthusiastic answer is: ¡Si se puede! You can even do it now, online. For those interested or who have never heard of the organization, I am honored to have the opportunity to share...

The Knights of Peter Claver: Black and Open to All
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“Blessed Are They Who Mourn” in the Time of COVID-19

Over 502,000 people have now lost their lives to Covid-19 since the first case was reported in the United States. The numbers of those sickened and who have died are staggering. It’s easy to become numb to the reality they conceal. But each person who has died was someone’s father, mother, brother, sister,...

“Blessed Are They Who Mourn” in the Time of COVID-19
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