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1.2 Billion

07/20/2018 - 2:00am
In the Midwest, July is the official month for fireworks. The moment venders begin selling fireworks directly into the hands of patrons, quiet evenings spent outside in the balmy summer heat are a thing of the past. The sounds of extended sequences of bottle rockets and firecrackers can be so jolting and the visuals so [...]
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The Adventure of Obedience

07/19/2018 - 2:00am
God writes the best adventures. From Abraham to the Apostles, God draws unsuspecting men out of their routines and sets them on unexpected journeys. Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock, but after meeting a burning bush, he eventually found himself leading a whole nation out of slavery. Peter was fishing in a remote corner of [...]
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The Power of Mourning

07/18/2018 - 2:00am
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Mt 5:4). With this beatitude Jesus gives us the promise that tears can count for something. But what do they count for? We might think that those who mourn will be blessed only after death. True, but that is not all that the beatitude offers. [...]
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Woe and Praise

07/17/2018 - 6:00am
I recently met a young person who told me, “You’re the first person I’ve met who is my age and actually believes in God.” With the growing number of “nones”—those who identify as having no religious beliefs—many Christians worry that faith is becoming an antiquity, an heirloom of a fading age. There’s a spirit of [...]
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Strength to Climb

07/16/2018 - 5:50am
I love the collect the Church prays on today’s feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It voices a simple and robust request for God to act in our lives through the Blessed Virgin Mary: May the venerable intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary come to our aid, we pray, O Lord, so that, fortified [...]
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Saint Who?

07/13/2018 - 2:00am
Saint Dogfan. Ours is the kind of Church that can boast of a saint named Dogfan. No boasting really happens, however. Today is St. Dogfan’s feast day, but it’s unlikely that Masses commemorating this fifth-century Welsh martyr will be celebrated near you—or anywhere. St. Dogfan is as well known as the booming metropolis for which [...]
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From the Lips of Babes

07/12/2018 - 8:41am
“Who is that?” “That is Jesus on the cross.” “Why is He all beat up?” “He loved us so much that he came all the way from heaven to suffer and die to save us, even when we killed Him.” “Why did people kill Him.” “They didn’t like that He told them that He was [...]
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Divine Election

07/11/2018 - 2:00am
When the Gospels record the calling of the Twelve, none of them offers us the qualifications of the Apostles. Nowhere do we find a collection of resumes or CVs that explain to us why Jesus chose those Twelve men. Apart from hints here and there, we do not know much from Scripture about the lives [...]
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Just One More

07/10/2018 - 2:00am
I remember the first time I became cognizant of the commission of the sin of gluttony. I found myself at my grandmother’s house with a bucket of gelatinous candies, no supervision, and no stated rules as to how many I might consume without incurring the wrath of anyone with authority over me. An appetitive jackpot [...]
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Vacation: Wasting Time Well

07/09/2018 - 2:00am
Growing up, as we neared the end of school, the longing for no more homework would rise to a fever pitch as we pictured sleeping in and doing nothing all day. But when it came time to do nothing, I could only stand it for a few days. Before I knew it, my father had [...]
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How Are You Going to Die?

07/06/2018 - 2:00am
“How are you going to die?” A morbid question, and one which few would want to answer. Surely we can’t know how we are going to die. There is, of course, what many would consider the ideal scenario: passing peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at the end of a long life well-lived. There is also [...]
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The Dead Man

07/05/2018 - 2:00am
I carry a dead man around with me. Look, there he is—his body stretched out, hanging by nails, dripping blood. Who carries a dead man around? Do you see him? Look. Look at his face, at his wounds. It’s all for you. His blood washes you clean. He is the perfect sacrifice offered to God [...]
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Mother of Exiles

07/04/2018 - 2:00am
Sun flashing and gleaming on the shining sea      stretching far beyond the bridge. But my eyes strayed not so far out. Wreathed in light,      gentle foam lapping her island pedestal,           stands the American Colossus. From the rooftop thirty stories up,      my back turned to all [...]
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Amor meus et Amor meus

07/03/2018 - 2:00am
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (Jn 20:29). The desire to feel God, to experience the consolations and sensible sweetness of his presence, is shared by even the most advanced souls in the spiritual life. Alas, the mysterious and real Divine Presence in the souls of the just [...]
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The Embrace of Christ

07/02/2018 - 2:00am
Entering the room, I was embraced at once by an eighty-nine-year-old Italian lady. First she grabbed my shoulder, and then she reached out to take hold of my elbow. Then the first big hug. She continuously clutched my hand, sometimes both my hands, and perhaps she even kissed my hand once or twice. This was [...]
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An Undivided House

06/29/2018 - 2:00am
Social-justice-warrior Catholic or conservative Catholic? Advocate for the oppressed immigrant or for the unborn child? Must the two be at odds? Either of these issues could demand the full dedication of a person. And there are far more than these issues that call out to the Catholic conscience for remedy. Yet, each of us has [...]
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How Can We Understand?

06/28/2018 - 2:00am
“In the beginning . . .” And from here, many Christians begin their journey through the Bible. It seems like a reasonable place to start, and considering that it contains the beginning of salvation history, it’s not a bad idea. What is likely to happen, however, is that a reader will continue on until he [...]
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The Reservoir of Love

06/27/2018 - 2:00am
Letter to a hospital patient... To my brother or sister in Christ, St. Paul wrote with affection to the Christians in Philippi: “It has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict which you saw [...]
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The Beauty of the Soul

06/26/2018 - 2:00am
Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. –Rom 1:20 We learn and come to know what is invisible through our senses. We know the invisible through the visible. God, Who is invisible, immaterial, and [...]
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Loosing the Tongue

06/25/2018 - 2:00am
Speaking does not imply saying anything, though maybe it should. Someone can talk a lot and yet have said nothing at all—think chitchatterers, depleted athletes, and political geniuses. This is because real speech reveals what is in the heart: truths we have assimilated concerning the world around us or our unique insights into our inner [...]
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