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Hymn of the Week: ‘Behold the Lamb’

Another favorite of mine, this meditative communion hymn is a great choice for this Sunday, celebrating the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Written by Martin Willett, it has a haunting quality that stays with you.

We are better than this: Homily for June 24, 2018, Nativity of St. John the Baptist

This past week, as we’ve watched the news unfolding on our southern border, we’ve been hearing one phrase again and again: “We are better than this.” But on Friday, something happened that put that phrase into a different context for me. I was reading about the great writer and commentator Charles Krauthammer, who died Thursday, […]

More men hearing the call to priesthood later in life

Here’s a great piece from The Witness, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, noting that an increasing number of men are being ordained to the priesthood when they are older. One of them, by the grace of God, will be my friend Deacon Sean Smith, among others: Deacon Sean Smith of Cedar Rapids is […]

Pope: each bishop must decide about communion in mixed marriages

This broke yesterday, on his return flight from Geneva. From CNS:  The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops’ conference, Pope Francis told reporters after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva. During […]

Great moments in journalism: the story behind that Time cover

This really is some great detective work. The terrific CBS News correspondent David Begnaud (whose Facebook profile proudly notes “I’m Catholic, Cajun”) gets to the bottom of it — and it’s not what some may think:  The picture of a Honduran girl crying as she and her mother are detained in Texas has grabbed worldwide attention and […]

What Are Hermits?

What are hermits? And do they have anything to do with Catholicism? A hermit is someone who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a…

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Deacon Digest returns, with Cardinal DiNardo writing about how the deacon ‘pours out his life’ like Christ

I was delighted to find the shiny new incarnation of Deacon Digest online earlier today — with Galveston-Houston’s Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, current president of the USCCB, noting of the restored diaconate’s 50th anniversary: After 50 years, the presence of deacons in our parishes, Church institutions, educational works and justice and peace ministries is no longer […]

Remembering Tim Russert and the lessons he taught us

I was just reminded that the great NBC News reporter Tim Russert died 10 years ago this month. Has it been that long? They day after he died in 2008, I preached about him in a homily:  Like a lot of people, I was saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Tim Russert. Journalism […]

Study: more governments around the world restricting religion

From Pew:  Restrictions on religion around the world continued to climb in 2016, according to Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of global restrictions on religion. This marks the second year in a row of increases in the overall level of restrictions imposed either by governments or by private actors (groups and individuals) in the […]

The purpose-driven priest: Pastor Rick Warren’s important message for Catholic priests

From Catholic New York newspaper: Nearly 800 New York Catholic priests received a message about how to maintain their moral integrity from Pastor Rick Warren, who used Scripture passages and his experiences from 40 years as an Evangelical Christian pastor, to speak personally to fellow pastors. His talk, “Maintaining the Moral Integrity of the Ministry […]