Category Archives: Social Justice

What Jesus’s Ascension Means for You and Me

During his lifetime, Jesus could be in only one place at a time. For example, when he was in Samaria offering living water to the woman at the well (Jn 4:5-42), he could not simultaneously be in Jerusalem healing the … Continue reading

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Francis’ Invitation: Pray for Peace

Listen to my homily for today, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, the visit of the Pope to Bethlehem, and Memorial Day Weekend. It all comes together in the light of the Gospel. (If you don’t see the audio player above … Continue reading

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The Good Pope and the Great Pope

We all slip too easily into an “either/or” mentality. Many people I know who love and admire Pope John XXIII, often described as the “Good Pope,” tend to have misgivings about Pope John Paul II, feeling that he tried to … Continue reading

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A Panorama of Popes

Last week I read a very thought-provoking essay in Commonweal magazine on the two popes being canonized on April 27, soon-to-be Saints John XXIII and John Paul II. Provocatively, it was titled, “The Odd Couple,” perhaps because of perceived differences … Continue reading

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The “Turkish Pope”

In the courtyard of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Istanbul (in Turkish, “Sentantuan”), stands a beautiful and richly symbolic statue of the man who will be canonized as Pope Saint John XXIII in a few weeks, on … Continue reading

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