August 2019

Dear Reader: There but for the Grace of God…

Whenever I think about addiction, my cinema-obsessed mind immediately goes to director Darren Aronofsky's brutal but brilliant 2000 film, Requiem for a Dream.
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Painting of St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist: Prophet, Preacher, Witness

Is our faith, our spirit, a lively witness to others? Does our presence point others to Jesus—as St. John the Baptist's did in his lifetime?
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Pope John Paul II greets his audience

Notes from a Friar: Pope John Paul II and Suffering

Throughout the last years of his papacy, John Paul II relied on God to endure his failing health.
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Stopping by Church on a Summer Afternoon

Weighed down by life, a woman finds respite in her church.
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Painting of Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi

Clare and Francis: Assisi’s Most Dangerous Citizens

Sometimes we are so attracted to the saints for our own reasons that we fail to see how radical they were in their day.
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Facing the Opioid Crisis: A Catholic Response

The country is struggling with an opioid crisis—but its strongest foothold is in the Midwest. Armed with their faith, these individuals are fighting back.
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