Making a Difference
February 23, 2015
God is calling each person and every nation to repent
By Tony Magliano

“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” 

With these two compelling sentences – as recorded in the Gospel of Mark – Jesus inaugurates his ministry and sums up what his mission is about: to break the shackles of sin that enslave humanity, to put us on the path of liberation from all oppression, and to teach us how to unconditionally love one another.

But what does it mean to repent?

Striving to avoid sin and living virtuously is certainly part of what it...

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June 20, 2014
A fresh look at a valuable gift
By Tony Magliano

Catholic social teaching is unfortunately the church’s best kept secret.
But because it directly addresses the world’s most pressing social justice and peace issues, Catholic social teaching instead needs to come out of hiding and be discovered, read, preached, proclaimed and lived in our parishes, schools, universities, media, homes and society.

Five years ago, a very valuable contribution to Catholic social teaching was given to the church and world by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI....

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March 21, 2014
Thirsting for clean water
By Tony Magliano

We turn on our faucets and out comes water – clean, refreshing, plentiful, life-sustaining water. But we rarely give it a thought. We just tend to take for granted that it will always be there. We even forget to thank God – the well-spring of life.

But for 768 million fellow human beings, clean plentiful water is a distant dream, cites the United Nations. For them, the water they drink, cook with, and bath in, is polluted and often disease ridden, and must be carried long distances in...

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February 13, 2014
My brief experience as a homeless man
By Tony Magliano

For quite some time I have had an interest in the plight of the homeless. I have read about it, prayed over it, and have done small things to help.
But  feeling that I could, and should, do more to make a difference, I concluded that living as a homeless man – at least for a very brief period – was the best way to understand what it’s like to have no place to call home.

I decided that St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, on the fringe of downtown Baltimore, would be my first stop....

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