Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: April 24, 2015

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April 24, 2015
Imagining a world without brotherly love
Imagining a world without brotherly love

Every year around, I go away with my three brothers to play golf for an extended weekend. Next to Christmas, it is my favorite time of the year. We have taken on greater family and professional responsibilities. Still, in more than 20 years, not one of us has missed our golf trip. It is an important commitment.

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April 24, 2015
Love and mercy for those who need it most
Love and mercy for those who need it most

The first time I read the phrase "O happy fault" in the special Easter proclamation, or Exsultet, I pondered about God's love for his people -- from the start of creation, through infidelities, rejections, destruction. God persisted in his love for us. That love is more powerful than anything, including our sinfulness.

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April 10, 2015
A front seat to the immigrant experience
A front seat to the immigrant experience

The public television series "The Italian Americans" was an absolute delight in reminding me of my Italian upbringing.

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April 10, 2015
Moving closer to God in ordinary ways
Moving closer to God in ordinary ways

The kingdom of God is within you. We've all heard this truth, but few fully understand it.

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April 10, 2015
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?

Q. I have been a Catholic all my life, but I have never really understood why Jesus had to die for our sins. Couldn't God have just forgiven us? (Eagan, Minnesota)

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April 10, 2015
We should stop trying to be perfect
We should stop trying to be perfect

Have you paid attention to the man behind the curtain?

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March 6, 2015
Confession for what ails us
Confession for what ails us

Recently, I went with my family and our grandson, Jack, for his first confession.

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March 6, 2015
The strangers who care for us
The strangers who care for us

A recent incident reminded me of how much we operate in the care of strangers.

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February 6, 2015
'Je suis Charlie' honors a bigger principle
'Je suis Charlie' honors a bigger principle

Islamic extremists touched a particularly sensitive nerve in the West last month with the murders of cartoonists from the satirical French weekly, Charlie Hebdo.

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February 6, 2015
Do you know the rest of the story?
Do you know the rest of the story?

When it comes to news, the art of reading has become a lost art.

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