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Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev

It’s been nearly a month since the bombings at the Boston Marathon and suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has finally been buried. The AP reports about 100 people outside of Massachusetts had offered burial plots for him, but community leaders continuously denied permission. One offer came from a retired teacher in Vermont. The teacher – Paul Keane [...]

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Yes, God loves all his children

At midnight Wednesday, Colorado became the sixth state to allow civil unions. It definitely slipped my mind until this morning as I was driving to work. The radio D.J. gave a shout-out to the hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the state and said it was “with honor” that he would play Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ [...]

Go vote for TIME’s 100!

You’ve got a couple more days to vote on who should (and shouldn’t) be included in TIME magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Let me give you a taste of where the numbers stand now. Benedict XVI, retired Bishop of Rome Yay: 45% (8,164 votes) Nay: 55% (10,074 votes) Sister [...]

Bringing Christ into therapy

A friend of mine works in grief therapy. The other day, she was describing to me a new technique she has learned to help patients coping with trauma. To help me understand the method, my friend described a recent session with a patient. During treatment, the patient in this case came face-to-face with what he [...]

Advertising conversion

When was your last confession? I, for one, all too frequently play the convenience card. No time…no priest…no dice. Well, those excuses won’t fly any more for Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa. Bishop Edward Slattery recently launched a confession initiative that includes this billboard. Yep. Every priest. Every Tuesday. Every parish (including that one [...]

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Chuck Norris and the Pope

It seems like all my conversations over the past 24 hours have revolved around this mysterious new Pope of ours. “Apparently he cooks his own meals.” “Did you hear he actually used to take the bus to work; even when he was a cardinal?” “Wait…he only has one lung?!” I’d be lying if I said [...]

Conclave bird: ruining lives

Let me introduce you to the most persistent bird in the history of the world. Definitely does NOT help that he is white. A co-worker commented: “Well, it’s probably toasty warm…”

Let’s also pray for families of cardinals

Black smoke Tuesday – and suspense continues for the elderly mother of Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn. Eleonore Schoenborn, 92, recently told a local newspaper that she hopes her son will not be elected pope because she will miss him. U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s youngest brother, Patrick, expressed similar sentiments in a recent interview. “A question [...]

About that fake bishop…

Earlier this week, Swiss guards at the Vatican caught a fake bishop trying to sneak into the College of Cardinals’ general congregation meetings. The man, whose name is Ralph Napierski, had tied a fuchsia Pashmina scarf around his fake ecclesial robes, which Swiss guards noted were several inches too short. His fedora and tennis shoes also [...]

NYT surprise: cardinals are…human

A recent New York Times article features the headline: “Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals.” As if this were news. Yes, 117 of the 117 eligible cardinals-electors in the upcoming conclave are, in fact, fallible. But, this isn’t news. It is well-established that humans are, well, human. We make mistakes – and [...]

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October 20, 2014

Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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