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Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: January 19, 2017

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April 5, 2016
A parade for St. Patrick
A parade for St. Patrick

Recently, I was the grand marshal of the Washington, D.C., St. Patrick's Day parade. It was a lot of fun. 

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February 29, 2016
Ashes: An urgent call for our souls
Ashes: An urgent call for our souls

As Ash Wednesday approached, I was puzzled by a fairly well-established statistic: Ash Wednesday Mass tends to draw a large attendance, right up there with Masses at Christmas and Easter. I asked around and never got a satisfactory answer. Someone said it is Catholic guilt and the sense of obligation.

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February 29, 2016
In the Year of Mercy, open doors of mercy are everywhere
In the Year of Mercy, open doors of mercy are everywhere

When I was in Washington last year, one of the things that fascinated me was the Holy Door at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Simply carved in glowing wood, the door was firmly closed when I saw it. 

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February 29, 2016
Justice Scalia: Man of the people
Justice Scalia: Man of the people

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, God rest his soul, was routinely described as a conservative, and so he was. He held fast to a lot of traditional values. He loved his church, his wife and nine children, and his country.

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February 1, 2016
The brimming bud of human potential
The brimming bud of human potential

As I write, I'm warm and dry with a "Snowzilla" of a blizzard swirling around my residence in the Jesuit community at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's University.

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February 1, 2016
What is a Christian response to ISIS?
What is a Christian response to ISIS?

Q. What is the Christian response to ISIS? (Harrisonburg, Virginia)

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February 1, 2016
Lessons for the Year of Mercy
Lessons for the Year of Mercy

As the Year of Mercy began, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I remembered the popular parable: the prodigal son. 

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January 4, 2016
Can plenary indulgences benefit the dead?
Can plenary indulgences benefit the dead?

Q. I understand that during the upcoming papal-declared year, we can seek plenary indulgences for the dead. Naturally, as I age, I have more and more friends who have died. What a wonderful thing if I could include them in this. Is it possible to gain multiple plenary indulgences for the deceased and, if so, how do I accomplish this? (Hull, Mass.)

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January 4, 2016
Approaching the Year of Mercy as an opportunity to grow
Approaching the Year of Mercy as an opportunity to grow

January can be a drag, a real letdown.

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January 4, 2016
Using kindness and mercy in a troubled world
Using kindness and mercy in a troubled world

It seems as if daily we witness violence, dissension and other social ailments. How might we keep this from overshadowing the Christmas season and the anticipation of a hopeful new year?

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