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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 By Father Earl Fernandes In his online report March 20, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter wrote: “It’s almost as if the pope has made two separate visits to Cameroon: the one reported internationally and the one Africans actually experienced. In the U.S. and many

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 By Scott Mussari Three essentially obscure men — Gregory Bryant-Bey, Brett Hartman and Dismas — are separated by thousands of years and tens of thousands of miles, and yet are linked by one common distinction. All three were considered useless and worthless and deemed disposable by

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 By Father Tim Schehr Palm Sunday: Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 Is there a way to make this Sunday’s “long Gospel” seem a little shorter? Try listening for the many spiritual lessons we can find in the lesser known characters in Mark’s account of the

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 By Father Earl Fernandes I was delighted to read, “Local Ruah Woods to offer Theology of the Body programs,” in The Catholic Telegraph. The establishment of such a center is timely and necessary. Last November, the Notre Dame Center for Ethics in Culture sponsored a conference

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 By Sister Betty Jane Lillie, S.C. Fifth Sunday of Lent 35: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 Jesus called the hour of His death the hour of His glorification (John 12:23).  The kind of death he would die was indicated in Jesus’ own

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 By Father Rob Waller The stated mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is “to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation … as more and more first-time investors turn to the markets to help secure their futures, pay for

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 By Sister Carol Gaeke, O.P. A Southern politician was ranting about the need to inscribe the Ten Commandments on a municipal building when a reporter tentatively asked him “Sir, what are these Ten Commandments?” The politician hesitated, scratched his head and muttered: “Well, I am not

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 By Pat McDonough God has a question. Yes, the God of infinite wisdom and knowledge seems to be stumped. Genesis tells us that after Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened to their capacity to sin. They were ashamed and covered themselves.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 By Sister Betty Jane Lillie, S.C. Fourth Sunday of Lent: 32: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Psalm 137:1-6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 Our Gospel reading speaks of the Son of God lifted up on the cross to bring salvation to the world, but not to condemn the

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 By Father Kyle Schnippel Why is it that a nice juicy hamburger always sounds better on Fridays of Lent than any other day? I can go weeks without craving this particularly American meal, but once Lent starts it seems that this is all I can think