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Black Elk and the Need for Catechists

At the November meeting of the United States bishops, I heard an impassioned case for the canonization of Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota Indian medicine man who converted to Catholicism and eagerly took up the task of catechesis within his community. My prayer is that, if the cause of Black Elk moves forward, we might one day invoke him as a real icon for catechists in the Catholic Church.

Parable of the Talents

Your being increases in the measure that you give it away. That's the law of the gift, and it can be found from end to end of the Bible. One application of this law has to do with faith itself. Your faith will grow only in the measure that you give it away, sharing it with others.

Our Talents

“How do I know I am fulfilling God’s will? How do I know I am heading in the right direction? How do I use what God has given me and give it back to him? I don’t know what talents God is asking me to share.” Sound familiar? When I was younger, I thought that to […]

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The Wise and Foolish Virgins

How do we wait? That is the question addressed by Jesus' parable for today. While we wait for the second coming of the Lord, we should keep our lamps stocked with oil, that is to say, we should pray, study, love, do the works of mercy, and keep vigil. In so doing, we are ready for the arrival of the Bridegroom.

Is it the end of the world?

Usually when I hear someone announce, “It’s the end of the world,” I quickly try to get away from that person. While Jesus doesn’t give us many details about the “end times” there are several parables Jesus tells us to help us focus our hearts and our lives on what matters most as we think […]

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A Challenge to the Sons of Levi

Our readings for this weekend are tough for everyone, but especially for those who are in positions of leadership in the Church. I’ve been a priest for 31 years (and now a bishop for going on three), and I will confess that the words we hear from the prophet Malachi and the Lord Jesus about the corrupt religious leadership of their time and place are deeply challenging and unnerving.

Be Great Like Jesus

Lets play a quick game! How many of these questions can you answer without using Google? Who won the Super Bowl 8 years ago? What movie won an Oscar award for “Best Picture” 3 years ago? Who was considered the world’s best golfer 2 years ago? What song was top of the charts this time […]

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Superheroes Nuns

  As a child, I both wanted to believe superheroes were real and that I could one day be one. I wanted to believe that if I put up the bat signal, Batman would come to my rescue. I also hoped to one day be Superman. I grew to consider that both dreams were impossible, […]

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The Great Commandment

Today's magnificent Gospel should set the tone for your entire life. Trying to trap him, the Pharisees ask Jesus which of the commandments of the law is the greatest. His clear and simple answer is that we should direct all our love toward God, and therefore, love what he loves.

The Greatest Commandment

I have a question for you: how can you pay for something if you are broke? Or, how can you feed someone if you don’t have any food to give them? The answer is simple — you can’t. In the same way, you can’t give the love of God to others if you yourself do […]

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