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May 27, 2015
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By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The songs of Irving Berlin have woven their way into the fabric of American life.  They’re a national treasure.  Occasionally, the lyrics can raise our minds heavenward. Take for example, the song, “I’ll be loving you, always.” 

In St. Matthew’s gospel for Trinity Sunday, Jesus speaks his final words to the disciples:  “I am with you always, yes, to the end of time.” In other words, ‘I’ll stay with you always . . . ‘I’ll be loving you, always, for I-AM-LOVE.’ 


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Catholics, as a segment of U.S. population, shrank by 3.1 percent from 2007 to 2014, and are now outnumbered as a portion of American population by the “nones”, the religiously unaffiliated. That was the headline-grabbing revelation two weeks ago from the Pew Research Center.  That trend fits within the overall decline in affiliation with Christian denominations, notwithstanding population growth in the U.S. in the same time period.

So there it was in black in white:  approximately...

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“The God of peace is never glorified by human violence,” wrote the famous Trappist monk Thomas Merton.

Whether it’s on an individual, city, national, or international level, violence always dishonors God, and makes bad situations worse. The recent Baltimore City riots were no exception: people were injured, neighborhood stores were burned, and violence was further engrained into a city and world already steeped in violence.

But, and this is a big but: What are the reasons that led...

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There has never been a movie studio that has utterly dominated the family marketplace more strongly than Disney right now. Bearing control over not only its own illustrious lineage of famous characters and films, but also of other mega-popular entertainment brands including Pixar, Marvel, “Star Wars” and the Muppets, it seems there is no way the famed conglomerate can do wrong.

That theory is put to the test this weekend with the new movie “Tomorrowland,” produced by Disney and based...

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The evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience correlate with the fundamental human issues of money, sex, and power, and may be seen as the Christian “response” to these issues. While professed religious undertake a life vowed to the evangelical counsels, all Christians are called to follow these counsels.

Let us take poverty first. We are inclined to think that poverty is possible only for religious who live in community. The truth is that poverty is incumbent upon...

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May 20, 2015
Untying Knots
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Most of us love television mysteries. We follow our sleuth in detecting clues that will ultimately loosen the knots and solve the mystery.  Whether it’s Agatha Christie with Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Jessica Fletcher, or Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Inspectors Lewis and Foyle, or Father Brown, they delight us with their unique approaches to solving mysteries. 

Greek and Roman Drama

In Greek tragedy, like Superman, the gods insert themselves into a knotted problem—it may deal with a...

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May 19, 2015
Same-Sex Unions: Uncertain Court vs Certain Pope
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

For the last 10 years, polls have indicated a steady increase in support of same-sex unions. In fact, The Wall Street Journal recently reported a March-February 2015 poll showing that 59 percent of Americans now support same-sex “marriages.” This means that, within just the last decade, the number of Americans no longer inclined to limit the definition of marriage to a man and a woman has nearly doubled.

In the same period of time, courts throughout the country have been handing...

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The earthquake that devastated the city of Managua in 1972 changed the capital of Nicaragua forever. Many areas were so utterly destroyed, that they were abandoned for good. Even today, more than 40 years later, it still looks like a post-apocalyptic city, with the old colonial cathedral and entire neighborhoods abandoned and overgrown.
Managua was therefore a surprisingly small city when the Sandinistas took control in 1979 to start their liberation theology utopia in Latin America.

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When’s the last time you thoroughly enjoyed a movie from beginning to end, that put a big grin on your face from start to finish and made you want to feel like you could get up and dance and belt out songs with the  best of the actors on screen? Improbable as it sounds, “Pitch Perfect 2” is exactly that kind of movie – and as over-the-top entertaining as a movie can get.

Now before anyone accuses me of being a shill for the movie, or the kind of critic that says outrageously happy...

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May 14, 2015
On Ascension Day the Whole Church Ascends to Heaven
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Preface of each Mass begins with the exchanges:  “The Lord  be with you,” “And with your spirit”; “Lift up your hearts,”  "We lift them up to the Lord.” The words, “We lift them up to the Lord," are central to what we celebrate on the Solemnity of Ascension.

On the first Ascension day, Christ was lifted up from the earth.  In remembering and celebrating this event, the Church on earth today joins Christ even now in being raised to heaven.  Ascension day is not something...

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