Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: October 3, 2016

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December 5, 2016
The election and the faithful
The election and the faithful

The media, and we who listen to them, were surprised at the election results. I have a feeling it's not the last surprise we are in for.

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

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

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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October 3, 2016
Shedding labels and moving forward
Shedding labels and moving forward

A speaker at a conference a few years back shared how he overcame adversity and reached success through hard work. He also shared how his life could have been much different.

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October 3, 2016
Don't mess with Mother Nature
Don't mess with Mother Nature

Catholic children learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (seven each) about the same time they learn the seven sacraments. Most of them come directly from the Gospel, especially from the description of the last judgment. They include feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, for example, as well as admonishing sinners and bearing wrongs patiently.

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October 3, 2016
When is it OK to utter Jesus' name?
When is it OK to utter Jesus' name?

Q. When is it appropriate to call out verbally the word "Jesus"? If his name is not being used in a disrespectful way but to implore his help, certainly this would not be considered swearing, right? Some people seem to have a fear of uttering his name, lest they appear to be swearing. (Timberville, Virginia)

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October 3, 2016
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'

It was all over Facebook when I checked my posts the other day.

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September 6, 2016
Let us be hope for each other
Let us be hope for each other

In July I traveled to Serbia, Greece and Lebanon to review the refugee situation now that the borders to Northern Europe are closed. While the flow of people has diminished, it has not ceased. Migration is now largely dependent on traffickers who charge individuals 4,000 to 6,000 euros to facilitate illegal crossings.

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September 6, 2016
The intersection between faith and health
The intersection between faith and health

In 2006, I wrote a column called "The Health Benefits of Going to Church." In it, I reviewed two studies that examined whether attendance at religious services could be beneficial for overall health.

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September 6, 2016
St. Teresa: Witness of modern-day holiness
St. Teresa: Witness of modern-day holiness

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata came to The Catholic University of America 45 years ago to receive her first honorary degree. If I'd been president of our school at the time I would have tried hard to get a picture of her in a Catholic University sweatshirt.

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