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Posted: July 10, 2009

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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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February 29, 2016
Ashes: An urgent call for our souls
Ashes: An urgent call for our souls

As Ash Wednesday approached, I was puzzled by a fairly well-established statistic: Ash Wednesday Mass tends to draw a large attendance, right up there with Masses at Christmas and Easter. I asked around and never got a satisfactory answer. Someone said it is Catholic guilt and the sense of obligation.

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February 29, 2016
In the Year of Mercy, open doors of mercy are everywhere
In the Year of Mercy, open doors of mercy are everywhere

When I was in Washington last year, one of the things that fascinated me was the Holy Door at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Simply carved in glowing wood, the door was firmly closed when I saw it. 

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