Only Real When Shared

Last year I re-read the popular novel Into the Wild for one of my graduate classes. The book confronts adventure, solitude and the search for

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A Mortal, Sinful Man

Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping? Shakespeare, Hamlet, II:ii On July 16, 2011, during the funeral rites of Dr. Otto

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Who Needs Religious Freedom?

It’s ironic. The same day President Obama was in New York lecturing the United Nations on human rights and moral imperatives, a religious congregation of

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On Human Indifference

Editor\’s Note: This is a guest contribution from reader Philip A. Dzialo, and it accompanies Tammy Ruiz\’s article, Be Not Afraid, Be Not Mean. It

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Fingerprints and Mud Splatters

In August we celebrated our oldest son’s graduation from high school. You might be wondering why we waited until August to celebrate. Because we homeschool

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Be Not Afraid, Be Not Mean

In my work with newly bereaved families (in perinatal death) and in my life experiences of suffering, I have seen a strange dynamic over and

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Contingent is What You Will

What do an evolutionary biologist, the International Theological Commission and St. Thomas Aquinas have in common? They use words like contingent and contingency, but with

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Thrills, a Poem

Hollow, empty spaces All the world so wide Distraction filling silence While the soul abides. The ego dances freely With the vapid little thrills Temptations

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God of All Things

One of the problems an ordinary human person faces while trying to accept God\’s providence is the way God gives; God gives us what we

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Feeding The Sheep

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,”Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes,

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Ave Maria, Florida

What if you could create the ideal town, based on your Catholic beliefs? What if you could build a town centered upon prayer, open to

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A Letter to Isabella

In a few short weeks my wife Miriam and I will be welcoming our first born, Isabella. The approaching of this holy and awesome life-changing

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Smother Her with Love

Amour is a 2012 French film about an elderly man’s love for his wife. As Anne’s quality of life slowly deteriorates, Georges’ generous love for

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Pharaoh\’s Daughter

In Exodus 2, the Bible points out that Moses’ parents were Levites. The tribe of Levi would be chosen to perform holy service and they would be set apart by

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