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Leave world's noise at Advent, Christmas
Leave world's noise at Advent, Christmas
December 5, 2016

Each year with the celebration of Christmas, we focus on images of that first Christmas, a cave where the Savior of humanity was born. Certainly, we recognize that the Incarnation radically altered history.

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Staying in the present
Staying in the present
November 1, 2016

Halloween is over and Christmas is next, right?

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The trolley problem and the presidential election
The trolley problem and the presidential election
October 31, 2016

There is a thought experiment in moral philosophy, made famous by Philippa Foot, called the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a runaway trolley that you can steer but not stop. Up ahead, the track forks in two.

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May hope abound at election time
May hope abound at election time
October 31, 2016

I meet once a month with a small group of business executives, both active and retired, to pray together and to discuss the relevance of religious faith to business practice. Early one morning, less than a month before the 2016 presidential election, we reflected on the letter of Paul to the Philippians 1:6-12.

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Faith guides us in all things
Faith guides us in all things
October 31, 2016

On Nov. 1, 2016, the Solemnity of All Saints, the preface of the Mass reads: "For today by your gift we celebrate the festival of your city where the great array of our brothers and sisters already gives you eternal praise. Towards her, we eagerly hasten as pilgrims advancing by faith . . ." (Roman Missal, Third Edition).

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Links abortion to war stance
October 31, 2016

It is no coincidence that the Catholic Church in the United States and in New York state has failed in its efforts to reduce the number of abortions, the increase in physician suicides, violent abuse within families, racism, the opioid epidemic, and continued decline in ecological systems.

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Better than staying home
October 31, 2016

A while back, a woman made a comment about people wearing T-shirts to church. 

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Lauds the late Fr. Philipps
October 31, 2016

After waiting 14 years, I had been received into the Church just before coming to Rochester in 1960 to Blessed Sacrament parish. Within two years, I had met and married another parishioner, and the Vatican Council was in full swing. Father (John) Philipps served that parish at least some of that time and was my confessor for over a decade, all told.

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