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Mining Value from Our Big Dig

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We can all learn a valuable lesson about intrinsic value from our canine friends. Think about how dogs instinctively retrieve bones they’ve buried. They sense what a bone can mean to their survival—so they’ll not only find it a secret subterranean hiding place, but they’ll remember its location. We humans also tend to bury assets, […]

Wisdom waits for our Inner iGener

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Welcome to a new generation: iGen’ers, born between 1995 and 2012. This Sunday’s readings are perfect for them—except they probably won’t read or hear them because they won’t be at church—and they certainly won’t see them in the Bible because they don’t own one. Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., studied, and Bishop Robert Barron commented on,  […]

Learning from Monuments to our Hypocrisy

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Power brokers in politics, sports and entertainment have recently given us plenty of opportunities to click our tongues and preach to our kids about how power corrupts, yet those of us who are parents sometimes fail to recognize how that also applies to the power we hold over those kids.  “Do as I say, not […]

Seeing God through the Fog of Physics

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Jeremy England is an MIT physics professor in real life and plays one in Dan Brown’s newest novel, Origin. Brown, famous for the Vatican-vexing Da Vinci Code, is now rattling cages on the secular side. He created a Dr. England with whom even Dr. England can’t agree. England took his fictional double to task in […]

A Bridge Out of this World

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We tend to attend more and more funerals as we get older. The bright spot is that our advancing wisdom helps us appreciate good eulogies—those that truly capture the honoree’s character. I experienced one of those a couple weeks ago at the vespers service for Father Douglas Makowski. Father Doug devoted a few years assisting […]

What are we full of?

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The “Hail Mary” prayer is said millions of times a day, once at a time and in decades of rosaries. It begins, “Hail Mary, full of grace…”  We say this so quickly and so often we tend to forget the significance of the word “grace.” In Catholic tradition it means the favor of God. But—especially […]

It’s personal, not business, with God the Father

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There’s a scene in “The Godfather” where an injured Michael Corleone plots the execution of the police captain who broke his jaw. Michael’s big brother Sonny—the next in line to head the family’s crime dynasty—chides this “college boy” for taking the incident so personally. Michael responds, “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” Michael’s hatred […]

Finding the Spirit to accept Impossible Missions

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What’s it like to lose yourself in order to accomplish something important? Mission Impossible. That was also the theme and the name of a hit TV show in the 60s which, years later, Tom Cruise would parlay into a movie franchise. The Impossible Mission Force was a team of agents who would often disguise themselves […]

The Justice of God’s Unfairness

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Humanity has figured out many of nature’s laws, but we’ve never mastered God’s physics. We tend to generalize it to our understanding of Newton’s law that every human action should have an equal and opposite reaction from God’s side of the balance. For many, this illusion of balance gives them comfort. So do defined borders […]

Our Most Difficult Miracle

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Most secular humanists believe that human life lacks a cosmic meaning—and they are okay with that. In fact, they find it liberating.  They embrace the void. It relieves them of worrying about an afterlife—and struggling with the faith to believe in it. A lack of faith in any kind of divine essence linked to human […]