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The Word Is Life

‘With a Father’s Heart’

You didn’t have to embrace the politics of Joe Biden to feel his anguish over the very public trial of his son Hunter on charges that he failed to disclose his own addictions when he applied for federal approval to buy a firearm. We saw the U.S. President acting like so many other fathers who…

The Annunciation

Unannounced, an angel appears, bearing a special message. In everyday language: “Mary, there is something special for you to do. God hopes you will say yes. God knows you are ready for it.” There was a short conversation before the answer could be spoken; a point of confusion and concern was addressed. Lucky for us,…

St. Joseph: In Honor of Real Dads

  I am proud that I was made a dad through adoption. One night, when my son, Patrick, was about six years old, he asked me the inevitable question every adoptive father hears. “Dad?” “Yes, Patrick.” “You’re not my real dad, are you?” “What do you mean by ‘real dad’ honey?” I inquired. “You know,…

The deserts in our lives

One of the most enduring images brought to mind by Lent is that of Jesus in the desert. The Lord goes into the desert, endures his 40 days of temptation and is brought out again, ready to begin his mission to the world. Much that happens in the world can be viewed through the prism…

Ash Wednesday

“Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people,…” (Joel 2:15-16) This day is significant to the faithful around the world. It marks a time to turn around, to live our lives to the fullest and to be everything that we can be as children of God. There is beauty in the symbolic action of…