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[Note: This homily was delivered last Sunday to about 250 deacons and their wives at the opening liturgy of the annual gathering of the National Diaconate Institute for Continuing Education (NDICE) at Xavier University in Cincinnati. I was also privileged […]

If you visit the Holy Land, there is a museum that opened about a year ago that is getting a lot of attention, and attracting a lot of visitors. It stands on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho – the […]

This weekend, we mark a great beginning – the birth of our country. As a matter of fact, we’re just ending a time of year when we celebrate a lot of great beginnings: graduations, weddings, ordinations. It’s a good season […]

Where were you on June 17, 1994? This week a documentary on ESPN asked that question, and offered a powerful answer. June 17, 1994 was one of the most dramatic days in modern history. Arnold Palmer played his last U.S. […]

For the past few weeks, the world has watched in frustration, and sorrow, and anger, the disaster that has been unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. A couple weeks ago, on my TV show, “Currents,” we interviewed a priest in […]

“Do this in remembrance of me.” There you have it: six words that changed the world. They come to us from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that we just heard – and they are the first known account that we […]

Several years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Arlington, Vermont. We stayed at a bed and breakfast, and one afternoon paid a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Rockwell spent part of his life in Arlington, and […]

“The Stoning of St. Stephen” by James Michaels As I was looking over the readings for this weekend, I thought they sounded very familiar, and then it dawned on me: these were the same readings at my Mass of Thanksgiving, […]

In 1909, a wealthy French businessman named Albert Kahn set out to do something that had never been done before. He would create a photographic record of the entire earth. That was ambitious enough. But Kahn wanted this to be […]

Friday night, I watched the rehearsal for this weekend’s confirmation. It was a little different from what I remember from my own confirmation almost 40 years ago. But one thing hasn’t changed – the “confirmation name.” Young people still choose […]