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In case you haven’t been following recent news, St. Junipero Serra was the saint whose statue was pulled down in California due to his alleged injustice toward Native Americans.  He has been considered a controversial figure for some time; here is what Bishop Barron had to say about him five years ago, when Pope Francis canonized him:

 

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For part one, click here.

Whether we are at a protest rally, at the grocery store, at church, or wherever we are able to go right now (sometimes even at work), we see almost everybody wearing a mask.  The eyes excepted, each person’s features are hidden from our sight.

I hope that, among other things, the COVID experience awakens us to (more…)

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Well there’s a controversy circulating around a recent phone conversation between President Trump and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Actually, the phone call involved Dolan and a number of other Catholic leaders. Its purpose was to address concerns about Catholic education — concerns related to financial issues, enrollment, and the impact of COVID-19. During the course of the phone call, the president and the Cardinal (more…)

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Well, we’ve crossed the threshold into the second month of our national emergency…that is, for those of us who live in the U.S.  For many other places, it’s been longer than that.

And from all indications, we still have a healthy stretch ahead of us.

During this time of quarantine and uncertainty, faith can be a major source of sustenance.

Most people who know me am aware that I (more…)

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EWTN is offering live Eucharistic Adoration, every day from 9 AM to 6 PM ET.

For the link to the video from England’s Tyburn Convent, click here.

Acknowledgement

By Juan de Juanes – [2], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23065137

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Okay…let me open with Jack London, who made the following remarks in describing “the Wild” in winter: (more…)

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From the observations I made (more…)

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This is an updated version of an article I posted four years ago, in the midst of an El Niño December.  Mother Nature has decidedly “cooled off” this year, but I doubt whether the debate over Santa Claus has followed suit.

Let’s get right to it: Can Christians claim Santa as their own, as being (more…)

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When assaulted by any vice, we must embrace the practice of the contrary virtue, and refer all the others to it, by which means we shall overcome our enemy, and at the same time advance in all the virtues. (. . .) For as the wild boar, to sharpen his tusks, whets and polishes them with his other teeth, and by this means sharpens all at the same time, so a virtuous man, having undertaken to perfect himself in the virtue of which he stands most in need for his defence, files and polishes it by the exercise of the other virtues, which whilst they help to sharpen that one, make all of them become more excellent and better polished.

– St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Acknowledgement

By Francisco Bayeu y Subías – [3], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50771068

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