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FAITH ALIVE: The curious ways of providence
CNS illustration/Tyler Orsburn
CNS illustration/Tyler Orsburn
What does God do the whole day long? Sure, it's a mystery. More ...
Friday, August 9, 2019

FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: The 'journey of friendship' between Catholics and Jews
On June 13, 1960, French historian Jules Isaac arrived at the Vatican for a private audience with St. John XXIII. More ...
Friday, August 16, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Part 1: A Christian understanding of divine providence
Divine providence names how God interacts with us and our universe: "God cares for all, from the least things to the great events of the world and its history" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 303). More ...
Friday, August 2, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: A powerful sign: The catechesis of children with disabilities
The letter found me, although many years and miles had passed. I still remembered "Gloria," a student with Down syndrome, who as a child had witnessed her father's death in a tragic accident. Gloria was unable to speak after that day, despite various therapies.  More ...
Friday, July 26, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Catechesis and person with disabilities
The 2017 "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Person with Disabilities" say that "pastors are responsible to provide evangelization, catechetical formation and sacramental preparation for parishioners with disabilities. More ...
Friday, July 19, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Grief work and the local parish
When my friend Tom lost his wife to cancer, he grieved more than anyone I had known. Along with a few close friends, I tried to reach out to him. Some days he was open to our offers; other times he buried himself in his work. More ...
Friday, July 12, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Seeing the blessings of grief ministry
No two people grieve in the same way, but there is common ground when it comes to the aftermath of the loss of a loved one: Life goes on. Pain lingers. Somehow, those two realities must be reconciled. More ...
Thursday, July 4, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Indifference, apathy at heart of hunger crisis, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – If the world is to succeed in eradicating the scourge of hunger, it must first fight against the indifference, apathy and broken promises that allow the crisis to continue, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, June 28, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Graduation means discerning big decisions ahead
Mimi is a senior at Holy Cross High School. Several of her friends seem so sure about their college choice. Mimi is having a hard time choosing between her top three schools. How come her friends seem so sure when she's so uncertain? More ...
Friday, June 21, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: 'Daddy, I love your ...'
"So Dad, what do you want for Father's Day?" More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Adoption illuminates the mystery of God's love
Being an adoptive father of three beautiful children has truly been a blessing.  More ...
Friday, June 7, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Forgiveness through the Spirit
Some things happen in a blaze of splendor like a fireworks display. Others are as simple and sweet as a smooth stone being slipped into a still summer lake. Such was the deceptive quietness of Ruby's calm remark, one Easter morning. More ...
Friday, May 31, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Technology made parochial: How faith communities can engineer broader participation
As today's technology increasingly connects us to news, information, entertainment and, most especially, other people, more Catholic parishes are discovering the benefits of using tech tools to connect current and potential members with the faith and each other. More ...
Friday, May 24, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Technology builds up the Body of Christ
The individualism especially prominent in Western culture lends itself to the worst possible uses and outcomes of digital devices and social media.  More ...
Friday, May 17, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mother's Day: An adoptive mom's perspective
My first Mother's Day as a mom was as special as I'd dreamed it would be. More ...
Friday, May 10, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Viewing leadership in action
During an in-flight press conference while returning to Rome after a one-day, April 2016 visit to the Moria refugee camp on the Greek isle of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea, Pope Francis held up a picture for all to see, drawn by a child of the camp. More ...
Friday, May 3, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Discernment: Listening for God in the real world
"Samuel, Samuel!" the Lord calls, in one of the more famous stories of discernment in the Bible. More ...
Friday, April 26, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Easter and redemption: The call to pay it forward
Near the end of "Jesus of Nazareth," the acclaimed 1977 miniseries, those who put Jesus to death are alarmed, to say the least, at the news his tomb has been emptied – and that maybe, just maybe, Jesus has done exactly what he said he would do: rise from the dead. More ...
Saturday, April 20, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: The witness of palm branches
Not far from where I live is a donkey farm. It's highly popular because of the donkeys' beauty. More ...
Friday, April 12, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Guided meditation on the seven last words of Christ
Holy Week invites us to walk through the sufferings of Christ. Christ said very little when he was betrayed. He did not attempt to defend himself, but "humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross" (Phil 2:8). More ...
Friday, March 29, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Lent should not be attempted alone
Have you ever felt alone? Desperately alone? More ...
Friday, March 22, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: This Lent, go without
I used to think that fasting was worthless.  More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Lent: Our return to dust
One of my brothers observed recently about our dear mother, lying in the hospital: "There's no meat on her bones, and no bones under her skin." More ...
Friday, March 8, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Lenten series: Part 1: Ash Wednesday - a kick-start to holiness
When I was in college there was a group of students who didn't always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around all decided to band together in giving up a few particular sins common among college students. More ...
Friday, March 1, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: (Mass series): The Eucharistic prayer - mystery made manifest
Stage plays are broken down in acts. Sporting events are separated into quarters, innings, possessions, drives and plays. Similarly, the Mass can be broken down into parts. More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series: Ancient Creed's contemporary impact

Do I know what I truly believe? I hope so. For what people believe shapes their thinking and decisions, especially in key, consequential moments.

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Friday, February 15, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass series: The homily partnership
There is very little that a priest does each week that requires so much attention as the Sunday homily.  More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass series Part IV: The Introductory Rites: A call to communion and community

The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist comprise the lengthiest components of the Mass.

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Friday, February 1, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part III: With a thankful heart: The Liturgy of the Word
Catholics have often been falsely accused of not being regularly exposed to the Scriptures. While it has been true in the past that sprinkling conversation with the Scriptures has typically not been a part of Catholic culture, this has certainly changed over the years. More ...
Friday, January 25, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part 2: Parishioners prepare for Sunday worship
With so much of our lives concentrated on work, personal and family responsibilities, and the inevitable detours to our carefully planned calendars, the arrival of Sunday Mass can sometimes find us breathless and far from spiritually or otherwise prepared to deeply participate in the liturgy. More ...
Friday, January 18, 2019
FAITH ALIVE: Mass Series Part 1: The Mass is not a spectator event
The action on the field during a particularly exciting football game often locks spectators in its grip. With minutes to go and everything hanging in the balance, spectators hold their breath, jump up and down or even pray. The moment consumes them. More ...
Friday, January 11, 2019

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