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Learning from Jewish Prayer

5 hours 56 min ago
Some passages in the Bible are like family arguments. Take, for instance, Jeremiah—not someone we’d call a polite person. He stomps and shouts not only at the ways of the people, but also at God. A brief example: You are always righteous, Lord… yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the […]
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Do you hope?

08/26/2016 - 6:30am
What do you do when those you trust let you down, when you’re confronted with human failure and frailty and faults? Often when we think of hope, our thoughts rise to the great mysteries of the faith, as they rightly should. We hope in Christ, in His resurrection, and even in our own. But sometimes […]
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The Dog Days of Summer

08/25/2016 - 6:30am
It would be too much to say that I am enjoying my fourteenth August in Washington, DC. It would be better to say that I, born and raised in Vermont, am barely withstanding the heat and the humidity which the afternoon thunderstorms seem only to increase. The August Congressional Recess is a common sense practice […]
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Faith in the Flesh

08/24/2016 - 6:30am
The events that took place in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago are not something far removed from us; they are events which affect us and become a lived experience in each of us. (Pope Francis, Homily for Pentecost, 2013) What Christian has not wished to have lived at the time of Christ? Loss of […]
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Saint Rose’s Christian Kool-Aid

08/23/2016 - 6:30am
“Don’t drink the kool-aid!” Saint Paul tells us in the Epistle for today’s Mass. He warns the Thessalonians “not to be shaken out of [their] minds suddenly” by doomsday cultists claiming that the coming of the Lord is “at hand.” Many of the early Christians, especially those who knew Our Lord personally, were anticipating His […]
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The Phat Man Challenge

08/22/2016 - 6:30am
One Fat Tuesday during my dissolute youth, I accepted an invitation to participate in an annual eating contest known as the Phat Man Challenge. The test: eat a 1.5 lb triple cheeseburger and a 1.5 lb plate of chili cheese fries in 25 minutes. The prize: everlasting glory, and a t-shirt. After 24 and a […]
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Blessed Are The Disaffected Voters

08/19/2016 - 6:30am
This is a tale of two betweens. As far as the presidential election goes, we’re currently in that period of relative peace and quiet between the conclusion of the national conventions and the real frenzy of the general election. The confetti in Cleveland and Philadelphia was swept up weeks ago, but the first Trump-Clinton debate […]
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Sit a Spell and Have a Chat

08/18/2016 - 6:30am
When a friend calls to me from the road And slows his horse to a meaning walk, I don’t stand still and look around On all the hills I haven’t hoed, And shout from where I am, What is it? No, not as there is a time to talk. I thrust my hoe in the […]
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An Assortment of Vanities

08/17/2016 - 6:30am
Shakespeare has successfully convinced me of something I used to think absurd, that Macbeth—the tyrant, the man who murders his friends and slaughters his kinsmen, the usurper whose rule makes Scotland’s “sorrows strike heaven on the face”—is actually worth pitying. Perhaps the most moving part of the play is when the tragic hero reacts to […]
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Get Away, Satan!

08/16/2016 - 6:30am
On Tuesday, July 26th, near Rouen, France, Fr. Jacques Hamel was killed by two terrorists as he was celebrating Mass. In the midst of the attack, the priest cried “Get away, Satan!” (“Va-t’en, Satan!”). The words of such a witness reward reflection. Satan is a person, not a personification. Many people today think that the […]
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At the Bedside

08/15/2016 - 6:30am
This summer, I visited hospital patients in New York City. Over the course of these eight weeks, I met people of various faiths and traditions. Among Catholic patients, it was not uncommon to see a rosary at their bedside. As they endured the trial of their hospital stays, they kept their beads within arm’s reach. […]
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Ere the Final Falls

08/12/2016 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment may touch them. It seemed in the eyes of the foolish that they were dead … but they […]
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A Captive Audience

08/11/2016 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body (Heb 13:3). Although Christ explicitly exhorts us (Mt 25:31-46) and the […]
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Mercy You Can Trust

08/10/2016 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. “Wow, he can do that?” The child from the South Bronx parish was not watching Cristiano Ronaldo perform a pro soccer move. In fact, the white-robed friar in front of him probably would have […]
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Don’t Leave Him Naked

08/09/2016 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You’ve seen him lying on the sidewalks. Perhaps it was January, and his skin was ice blue. Or maybe it was August, and he was sunburned red as blood. And he was naked, or […]
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Let’s Eat.

08/08/2016 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Like any good native South Carolinian, I’ve spent a healthy amount of time in Charleston, one of the best cities our country has to offer. Its natural charm and consistent upkeep on preserving its […]
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When Your Body Becomes a Burden

08/05/2016 - 6:30am
Good health is one of the most desired things in life, and injury, sickness, and old age are some of the most feared. This summer I’ve been working as a chaplain at a hospital in Washington, D.C., where this truth is reinforced for me on a daily basis. I visit patients suffering from all of […]
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A New Colonialism

08/04/2016 - 6:30am
Colonialism takes different forms. We are familiar with the colonialism of the Age of Discovery, when Western countries assumed control over newly discovered lands and peoples. The result was a mixed bag. On the one hand, colonialism spurred scientific ingenuity, led to the creation of new democratic states, and provided new opportunities for the spread […]
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Hidden with Christ

08/03/2016 - 6:30am
We value show and display. We love seeing and being seen. This is true in every time period. The Roman nobility made grand public appearances. Nineteenth-century English aristocrats appeared at ballroom dances. We differ from them only slightly. We have People Magazine and also egalitarian platforms like Instagram and Twitter. So we can all be […]
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Contemplative Gaze

08/02/2016 - 6:30am
“It’s quite true that we are absurd and frivolous, that we have bad habits, that we are bored, that we don’t know how to look at anything or understand anything.” – The Idiot Pokémon Go took the country by storm this July, and the effect was visible as the hidden world of gaming came to […]
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