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Memorial Day reminds us to work for peace Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, May. 25, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

In Vietnam, Brian Rooney, an Army medic, knelt to read a dying soldier's dog tags. As he did, the soldier whispered, "Remember me." Rooney promised that he would remember him.

He certainly did. According to the May 23, 2003, Los Angeles Daily News, Brian Rooney spent thousands of his dollars and hundreds of hours memorializing and remembering America's war dead.

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History lessons of Our Lady of Fatima Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, May. 25, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

This past week, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to a group of shepherd children near the Portuguese town of Fatima. The series of Fatima appearances -- lasting from May until October of 1917 -- is one of the most extraordinary in the history of the Church.

It has also beguiled political and cultural commentators outside the ambit of the Church, and it is this wider implication that I would like to explore.

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How to preach like the Apostles Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, May. 18, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, journeys by sea, etc., it makes for stimulating reading indeed.

But I love it especially because it shows us the excitement of being a follower of Jesus. Long before there were parishes and dioceses and the Vatican and other institutional structures, there was this band of brothers and sisters who were so overwhelmed and energized by the fact of the resurrection that they went careening around the world and to their deaths with the message of Jesus.

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