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A Little Bit of Advent Cheer!

As you prepare yourself for Christmas this Advent, we wanted to share a fun video from That Anonymous College out west in California. Students at Thomas Aquinas College decided to bring a little cheer to shoppers at Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA with a flash mob of carolers. Over 100 students from the small liberal [...]

‘To the peripheries’

The man suffering from neurofibromatosis who was embraced by Pope Francis at a recent general audience has been identified in a story by the Daily Mail Online as Vinicio Riva. A 53-year-old from northern Italy, Riva is an avid soccer fan, works at the same retirement home where his father now lives and is known to [...]

Do you stand with Thomas Peters?

Last summer, young Catholic blogger Thomas Peters suffered a horrible swimming accident that left him clinging onto his life. The author of the award winning blog, “The American Papist“, contributor to Catholic Vote and former Communications Director National Organization for Marriage, suffered a fractured vertebra at the base of his neck and damaged lungs which left him nearly [...]

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Radical mercy in the heart of Rwanda

“We forgive because we know that God also forgives.” These are the words of a woman whose family members were killed during the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago. Her words are incredible, but they are not unique. The most moving part of my recent trip to Rwanda was witnessing the unbelievable forgiveness that is taking [...]

The faith of a child

Last weekend, the Pope welcomed participants in the Pilgrimage for Families to the tomb of St. Peter as part of the Year of Faith. While the event boasted balloons, acrobats and music, the event was made even more festive when a little boy wandered on stage and made himself at home with the Holy Father. [...]

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Comprehending genocide: Rwanda, 20 years later

Ten years ago, I was haunted by the movie Hotel Rwanda, which I saw in theaters with my high school Model U.N. group. Now, I am on my way to Rwanda, on a trip with Catholic Relief Services to observe the country 20 years after the genocide that killed some 800,000 people in just 100 [...]

In defense of our Mother

“And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple, too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is thy son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘This is thy mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own keeping.” Jn. 19: 26-27 If your best friend was on [...]

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Pope Francis: A look at the first six months

Today marks six months since the election of Pope Francis. The Holy Father has repeatedly been in the headlines since his election, washing the feet of inmates, inviting the homeless to dinner, surprising numerous people across the globe with personal phone calls, and greeting more than 3 million young people in Rio de Janeiro for [...]

Youngest kids are people too

While reading a colleague’s recent post about a disturbing Disney and World Population Council video propaganda video promoting birth control, I wondered about who would not exist if their parents followed such advice. While this list is not exhaustive, it might provide an interesting glimpse of how our world would be different if their parents [...]

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Through the mercy of God

Today a particular Catholic devotion seems appropriate: the Eternal Rest prayer. On this day 12 years ago we watched in horror as the iconic Manhattan skyline was filled with smoke, the Pentagon bore a bulging hole and a field in Pennsylvania was filled with the wreckage of a Boeing 757. Each one of us remembers [...]

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September 21, 2014

TWENTY - FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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