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'Better late than never'

'Better late than never' Thomas McFall took to Twitter last month with a series of posts about something he experienced in an Ohio college classroom. You … I … all of us … need to hear this story, as told in a series of Twitter posts that I’ve combined here. McFall writes: “Hey guys, I know I...
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

The tests of time

The tests of time “ … and then one day you find, 10 years have got behind you….” (Lyrics from “Time” by Pink Floyd, from the album “Dark Side of the Moon”)   When Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album was new and climbing toward No. 1 on the...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cisco Lloveras showed us the face of 'the saints next door'

Cisco Lloveras showed us the face of 'the saints next door' In my opinion, Cisco Lloveras was the kind of person Pope Francis had in mind when he wrote “Gaudete et Exsultate,” an apostolic exhortation in which he seeks to “re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunites&#...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Salvation's menu

Salvation's menu In the Gospel for this coming Sunday (April 15), Luke recounts Jesus’ appearance to the disciples following his encounter with two of them along the road to Emmaus. As a way of showing his believers, once again, that he rose from the dead, he took a piece of fish and ate it in front of them (...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Today: Remember our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land

Today: Remember our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land This issue of The Message arrives in most homes on Good Friday. Digital subscribers received their electronic copies on Holy Thursday. The Paschal Triduum has begun, and the Holy Land is more intensely on our collective mind than possibly (and probably) any other time of year.   During Good Fr...
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Stay a while longer … and invite others

Stay a while longer … and invite others This column actually is an invitation to all of you. Please stay a while longer with The Message, and invite others to join you. We are grateful for your readership, and we work every day to earn your loyalty and continuing support. Why this column … why now? We have reached the time of year...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Same message, different day

Same message, different day Recently in this space, I concluded with this thought: “Help (people) to recognize the concept of having faith in God, and you just might enable the Holy Spirit to ‘get a foot in the door.’ He will take it from there.” It appears as though the act of writing that column invo...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

I believe

I believe By my reckoning, Christian Picciolini was about to renounce the white-power movement in 1995 when the Cincinnati-based band Blessid Union of Souls released its first album, “Home,” which featured the song “I Believe.” I was driving through Arkansas the next year, on my way h...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

This choice is pretty much a 'no-brainer'

This choice is pretty much a 'no-brainer' National School Choice Week begins Sunday – just a week before 2018 Catholic Schools Week. I made a brief jaunt around the Internet before beginning this column, and it only took a few minutes to confirm my view that choosing Catholic schools is pretty much a “no-brainer.” Many of...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

A resolution we all can make

A resolution we all can make On New Year’s Eve 2017, I found a series of short videos assembled as an Instagram “story.” The poster, a young woman attending college at a major university, spent a few minutes offering advice to her followers as they prepared to begin a new year. She talked about not worrying,...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018