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  • After Charlottesville and Barcelona, eclipse recalls our common home

    After Charlottesville and Barcelona, eclipse recalls our common home

    In the wake of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and Barcelona in recent days, the reality of hate and division can seem overwhelming. Monday’s eclipse, however, reminds us that we all share one world, we are one human family, and we have work to do.

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  • Edith Stein teaches us the way to peripheries of our own hearts

    Edith Stein teaches us the way to peripheries of our own hearts

    In 1922, Edith Stein read the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila through the night. The spiritual account rocked her world, and led her to the peripheries of her own heart. And there, in the avoidance of religious truth and its call to love and mercy, Edith found peace and consolation — a peace that would sustain her all the way to Auschwitz.

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  • Living in that same light as St. Clare

    Living in that same light as St. Clare

    St. Clare of Assisi — her feast day is observed on August 11— sought to live Franciscan spirituality from within the enclosure of her cloister. While the Franciscan friars were preaching in the cities and rebuilding churches externally, Clare and the sisters were living within the enclosure with a stronger focus on contemplation, intimacy, and relationality.

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  • Discovering the real depth of the Feast of the Transfiguration

    Discovering the real depth of the Feast of the Transfiguration

    In remembering the Transfiguration, the believer is summoned to understand its spiritual depths and its significance to their interior life. Every event in the life of the Lord Jesus is a treasury of heavenly wisdom and its remembrance can become a font of grace to those who observe it, but in particular, the Transfiguration stands out, and here’s why.

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  • Pope Francis raises the bar for priests, and that’s a good thing

    Pope Francis raises the bar for priests, and that’s a good thing

    I celebrated the tenth anniversary of my ordination this past week. I am surprised how quickly time has flown, how much has been expected of me as a priest, and how much good God has been able to do in me and through me when I have heeded the counsel emphasized by Pope Francis.

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  • To reach the peripheries, follow Katharine Drexel there

    To reach the peripheries, follow Katharine Drexel there

    As the sole heiress to her late father, Katharine inherited approximately $20 million, which would measure in excess of $200 million today. Katharine was one of the wealthiest people in the United States and could have done anything she wanted. She chose to go to the peripheries, and donated her entire inheritance to the care and help of those in poverty and need.

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