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March 2011 Archives

The Expression “Pro-Choice Catholic” is an Oxymoron

Geraldine Ferraro died on Saturday in Boston, Mass. at the age of 75. She had been heroically battling multiple myeloma for twelve years. Thursday morning a private funeral Mass will take place at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer in […]

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Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord: Mary as the Model for all Christians

On March 25th Catholic Christians celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. Our Gospel passage read at Mass is taken from the first chapter of St. Luke (Luke 1: 26 -38). The Evangelist recounts Mary’s encounter with the […]

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Living Faith: Our Lives are Being Woven into a Divine Design

In my early twenties I attended a conference sponsored by an enthusiastic movement which was flourishing in ecumenical Christian circles at the time. One of the workshop speakers was a Southern Baptist minister who had helped to found a large […]

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In the Face of Crises, ‘Fear is Useless, What is Needed is Trust’

“Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.” Luke 8:50, Mark 5:36 Have you ever had the experience of awakening from a dream, paralyzed with fear, unable to speak or perhaps even move? Most people have. Some well intended people […]

The Whole World Becomes Irish and Celebrates St. Patrick

He was raised in a Christian home in Britain toward the end of the fourth century. It was an age much like our own, gripped by a “culture of death” and filled with a spirit of lawlessness. Tragedy struck Patrick […]

Led by the Spirit into the Desert of Lent with Jesus Christ

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1)  “The truth is that only in the mystery of the […]

Catholics and Social Justice: Time to take Back the Term

Last year I participated in a gathering of Catholic Leaders who take their Christian faith seriously and try to inform their social, cultural, political and economic positions in accordance with it. They came from every walk of life and understand […]

Turn Away From Sin: Who Needs Lent? We Do

Lent is an invitation of God’s grace, which, if we enter into with our entire person, can draw us, especially at its’ closure, into a deeper embrace of the power of the Resurrection. This Wednesday I will administer the ashes […]

The World Needs “Impractical” People, Christians who Pray

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened (Luke 3:21); He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, […]

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Lord, Teach us to Pray: We Live the Way We Love and Love the Way we Pray
By: Deacon Keith Fournier “He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished , one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.  Give us each day ou

posted 10:45:49am Jul. 01, 2012 | read full post »

I am Glad to Be Back at Beliefnet: It is Time to Begin Again
I have not written a column for Beliefnet in a long time. I have been writing a lot - just in other venues. As is the case with all of us, my life just seems to get busier and busier. However, I have not been able to get Beliefnet - and its potential for good - out of my mind or my heart. So, I begi

posted 4:06:55pm Jan. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Pope Enters a Monastery - to Teach us All How to Pray in the ‘Real World’
On Sunday, October 9, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI presided over Second Vespers with the Carthusian monks at Serra San Bruno. From the Chapel of that Carthusian monastery he shared beautiful  insights on silence and prayer which should be considered by all who bear the name Christian. His words brought

posted 10:59:44am Oct. 13, 2011 | read full post »

A Catholic Activist Looks at the US Presidential Campaign of 2012 and the 'Catholic Vote'
After Labor Day, the US Presidential campaign of 2012 will move into high gear. Clearly, this is one of the most important elections of my lifetime.  The economy is in a free fall and the sense of fear in the United States is palpable. A majority of people have lost confidence in our elected leader

posted 12:38:32pm Aug. 23, 2011 | read full post »

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