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  • Faith means hope without ‘seeing’

    Both great writers George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis affirm, “seeing is not believing.” Sight does not make faith. As humans, our reason desires a kind of satisfaction from seeing the truth, but seeing cannot make us believe. Faith means hope without “seeing.”
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  • The importance of speaking in the public square

    Every time I am asked to speak on this topic I find myself returning for inspiration to the story from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 17) of St. Paul in the agora of ancient Athens – that great meeting place of government, commerce and ideas. Paul could see the city was full of idols, and Acts tells us his spirit was “provoked,” but still he held his ground and witnessed to Christ. His testimony was of particular interest to the philosophers, who enjoyed discussing all the latest news and fashionable ideas of the time.
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  • Healing the loss of a loved one

    I lost my mother unexpectedly last November, after having lost my father after a long illness eight years earlier. My siblings and I suddenly found ourselves “orphans” as we marked our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without either of our parents. Now we are anticipating our first Mother’s Day without mom.
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  • Good Friday

    Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin.
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  • Seminary questions

    The selection of Jesuit Father George Schultze as the new president /rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is a good choice (“Jesuit Father George Schultze to lead seminary at ‘major turning point,’” Feb. 23, 2017, Page 1).
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  • A million marched

    On Jan. 21, Presentation sisters and associates, along with a million men and women across the world, marched against Trump’s positions.
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  • March questionable

    I applaud Jerry Heckert’s letter in which he pointed out that the Presentation Sisters participated in the Women’s March Jan. 21 despite the fact that pro-life groups were not invited to participate in view of their pro-life stand.
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  • Miracles at Medjugorje

    I, too, am leery of miracle-hawkers, as well as I should be. However, I know two priests who actually witnessed the “miracle” and I have no reason to disbelieve them.
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  • Waugh’s ‘Helena,’ Father General, and the reality of revelation

    Evelyn Waugh’s slim and critically unappreciated novel “Helena” was something of a literary experiment for a modern master of English literature.
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  • The power of the cross

    There is a story from William Barclay about a missionary in rural India who had just finished telling the story of Jesus to a crowd of people.
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  • An Easter blessing

    I wish you a Happy Easter, and I send you this blessing with my love and prayers.
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  • Evangelization by hitchhiking: How to find an on-ramp

    The place infants nod off and teens open up is also where road-weary adults will probe their spirituality: in the car.
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  • Evangelizing through the good

    Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism.
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  • The perils of Christian testimony

    If you’ve heard one story of Jesus curing a blind man you’ve pretty much heard them all, whether it be of Jesus smearing mud paste, simply touching the man’s eyes, whether the man cries out to the “Son of David” or first experiences his cure by seeing people who look like “walking trees,” after which Jesus sternly orders them to tell no one.
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  • False apparitions

    Thank you for publishing Bishop Ratko Peric’s statements in the March 9 Catholic San Francisco.
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  • Shocking photo

    What a shock, and what a disappointment, to see a photo in Catholic San Francisco of the Presentation Sisters marching in the Women’s March in San Francisco on Jan. 21.
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  • Nothing is ever really ours

    Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality, and every commandment. Everything is gift.
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  • Persuasive disciples, not anarchic disrupters

    We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968.
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  • The agony of ‘our Jesus’

    Some years ago, I lived with a sister who had the habit of referring to her siblings as “our Tim” or “our Rose.” After a time, I too was included in the family circle and when referenced for others, became “our Jean.”
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  • I’m not ‘intrinsically disordered!’

    I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the church over issues connected to homosexuality.
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