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Poverty in America

“In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service”

“Who are you with?” asked Raul L. Ortiz, deputy chief of the Border Patrol for the Rio Grande Valley, speaking in Spanish. “By myself,” Alejandro said, looking up at the man in the olive uniform and pulling a birth certificate, carefully folded, from his jeans — the only item he carried. “Where are your parents, […]

Fourth of July

A Thoroughfare of Freedom

Every 4th of July, parades are held, barbeques are lit, bunting is strewn, and our nation takes a day to celebrate its birthday – the anniversary of the signing of a document that established our core principle that “all men are created equal.” But in addition to the celebration and the pageantry, Independence Day should […]

Memorial Day Remembrance

A Debt That Can Never Be Fully Repaid

Throughout our nation’s history, the men and women who serve in our nation’s military have been the first to head into danger to protect those at home. In the Gospel, we read that “Greater love hath no man than this, than to lie down his life for his friends” – surely, a fitting testament to […]

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Reflection for Easter Sunday

As we gathered in darkened churches to celebrate the Easter Vigil, we were reminded of the power of one candle.  The Paschal candle lit from the Easter fire had the ability to illumine the entire church and banish the darkness.  From that one candle the flame is shared and diffused throughout the worshipers until hundreds […]

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The Power – and Peril – of Crowds

Think back to the last performance, sporting event, or speech you attended that concluded with the audience on their feet, shouting their approval and delivering a standing ovation. An expertly-sung aria, a new policy platform, or a game-saving play can bring a crowd to its feet in shared euphoria. One has to imagine that it […]

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Sent Out into a Messy World: The Mission of Pope Francis

“Anyone who knows about Catholic Charities in the United States knows that we are all about the messiness in people’s lives. People turn to us when things get broken: a crisis in the family, an economic setback, a personal failure, a challenge too overwhelming for their resources or emotions. In all of these situations, we […]

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Forty Days of Learning to Let Go

Lent is intended to be a time for self-reflection and repentance before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – a spring cleaning, if you will, before the joy of Easter. This time of preparation and purification has Biblical roots – In the synoptic Gospels, we hear about Jesus’ solitary journey to the desert for a period […]