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Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: April 24, 2015

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August 1, 2016
Accountability can protect good officers
Accountability can protect good officers

A chilling message was sent as five police officers were killed and seven others wounded in downtown Dallas on July 7 as they were monitoring peaceful protests against the recent killings by police of two African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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August 1, 2016
Politics and the Supreme Court
Politics and the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused quite a stir this month by saying what was on her mind about Donald Trump to the New York Times. "I can't imagine what the country would be -- with Donald Trump as our president," she said.

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July 5, 2016
A different kind of ABCs
A different kind of ABCs

I recently had the privilege to deliver commencement speeches at a few Catholic universities and colleges. Humbled by the fact that few people remember what their commencement speakers intoned at these ceremonies, I tried to keep the message simple and, hopefully, partially memorable.

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July 5, 2016
Instructing the ignorant, a work of mercy
Instructing the ignorant, a work of mercy

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis inaugurated a Holy Year of Mercy -- a special time for the church to celebrate and experience God's mercy.

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May 31, 2016
Maintaining a cheerful disposition even in adversity
Maintaining a cheerful disposition even in adversity

In this post-Pentecost season, it is important to remember some lessons from Jesus: love, pray, go, teach.

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May 31, 2016
Following mercy, not anger
Following mercy, not anger

Standing in line at the grocery, I waited for a young mom with a couple of kids to finish paying. The little girl with her leaned languidly against the counter, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words, "I'm not arguing. I'm just explaining why I'm right."

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May 2, 2016
Questionable use of scare quotes
Questionable use of scare quotes

Southern states have been busy this spring passing laws that follow naturally on the Supreme Court's decision affirming same-sex marriage.

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May 2, 2016
Looking for opportunities to foster a culture of encounter
Looking for opportunities to foster a culture of encounter

My friend Sister Maura worries about my travels to risky places for Catholic Relief Services. On the other hand, I marvel at how this soft-spoken and diminutive nun of 90 provides medical care in the toughest local neighborhood to which I have never traveled alone.

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April 5, 2016
Rising with Christ in a broken world
Rising with Christ in a broken world

In my daily work at Catholic Relief Services, I routinely encounter suffering: the crisis of 60 million displaced people around the world, a number larger than those displaced in World War II; at least 50 million children not in school; human trafficking; slave labor; impending food shortage for a large number of Ethiopians; or the dry corridor in Central America with unpredictable bursts of torrential rain that eliminate growing seasons and sometimes wipe out complete plantings.

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April 5, 2016
A parade for St. Patrick
A parade for St. Patrick

Recently, I was the grand marshal of the Washington, D.C., St. Patrick's Day parade. It was a lot of fun. 

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