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The gospel today is about how challenging it can be to believe something you can’t see.  How difficult it can be to accept something simply on faith.  Well, this Easter season, nobody, I think, stands in contrast to that more […]

A few days ago, I was contacted by a reporter at the New York Post. She was doing a story for Easter, all about being Catholic in 2010. She wanted to hear my thoughts, especially in light of some of […]

A few nights ago, The History Channel showed a documentary in which scientists attempted to create what may be the most realistic 3-D image of the face of Christ. They spent many months on the project, using sophisticated computer technology […]

One of the more remarkable aspects of the gospel we just heard is the WAY in which we heard it. This week is the only time that the gospel is proclaimed by someone besides a priest or deacon – every […]

Today’s gospel is, to a great extent, about second chances. Someone who knows about that is an Air Force pilot named Joe Kittinger. In the late 1950s, Joe Kittinger was the director of Project Excelsior, a government program to develop […]

When my wife and I got married, a friend gave us a practical, but highly symbolic gift: a clock. It’s a lovely tabletop model, in a glass case, with gold fixtures and various moving parts. The gift was especially meaningful […]

Lent is a time of penitence and confession. So today, I want to begin with a confession: I love “Undercover Boss.” This reality show debuted on CBS right after the Super Bowl. The premise is surprisingly simple: the CEO of […]

Last year, the writer Mary Karr published a beautiful memoir of her life, and her conversion to Catholicism. Some have actually compared it to the “Confessions” of St. Augustine. The book is called “Lit.” The title refers to literature, but […]

We’ve all been digging out of the storm that we got this week, and I think most of us are grateful that we didn’t get socked with snow the way they did down in Washington. Call it “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpacalype,” […]

We have been hearing so many stories of suffering and heartbreak in Haiti. But I wanted to share with you today another story about Haiti – and one that I think helps to illuminate the gospel we just heard. It […]