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Who are the 35%?

Who are the 35%?

They are our neighbors, our relatives, our coworkers and our friends…. They are the 35% of Catholics who do not go to Mass regularly or practice their faith, but still self-identify as Catholic.  The question is: Why? Fr. Thomas Gaunt, S.J...

A different flavor of PDB

A different flavor of PDB

The President of the United States gets many perks.  Living in the White House.  Smart folks to help.  Air Force One.  Camp David. And he also has each morning should he wish it, the opportunity to review the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).  Frankly...

Don’t exaggerate death

Don’t exaggerate death

The report of my death was an exaggeration. – Mark Twain I hope never to read my own obituary.  On the one hand, if it were accurate, I would be dead.  On the other hand, if it were inaccurate I might not like it.  On still another hand (oops...

Pope Francis Plays Hurt

Pope Francis Plays Hurt

If you have been watching the news the past day, you know that Pope Francis bumped his head. That’s right.  It was the last day of his apostolic journey to Colombia.  He was riding along in his Popemobile, smiling, waving and being the happy ad...

Messy Parenting

Messy Parenting

“Parenthood, the scariest ‘hood’ you’ll ever go through.” -unknown I am so grateful that Pinterest did not exist when I started having kids.  Maybe we missed out on some amazing themed birthday crafts and incredible ways to cook paleo spiralized...

I don’t want to lose my head

I don’t want to lose my head

I learned a new word last week:  cephalophore.  Actually, it is an old word, so it is more accurate to say I learned a word that other people learned long ago.  An old word was new to me. The word came up in a gathering of serious practicing...

A Road Map to the Peripheries

A Road Map to the Peripheries

Only once in Evangelii Gaudium does Pope Francis exhort the church to ‘go out into the peripheries,’ but like many things the Pope says, that one phrase has ignited passion and missionary zeal, and a few deep questions. “The word of God constantly...