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Eleanor Roosevelt: “If You Ask Me”

When I was a boy, my mother subscribed to six women’s magazines.   I was a compulsive reader even then, so I leafed through “McCall’s” and “Ladies Home Journal” and so forth as soon as they arrived.   One thing that caught my eye was a column written by Eleanor Roosevelt, who by then ...
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The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis titled his landmark document on evangelization The Joy of the Gospel. It is a beautiful title for a beautiful work in which the Holy Father reminds us how we should truly live as Catholics. It pushes us to consider the question, do we actually live that joy?   On a ...
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“Have a Good Day!”

“Have a good day,” “Have a good day,” echoed throughout the hall as each guest was handed a dinner tray by a bright eyed happy little girl of about ten years of age. It was a holiday, and schools were closed. Tina was planning to go to the soup kitchen ...
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The King of Siam

The king of Siam has been, in a way, a victim of his own success.   The king I have in mind is commonly known in the English-speaking world as Rama IV or Mongkut, who ruled the Asian nation now known as Thailand from 1851 to 1868.   The western world probably would be ...
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Greater Than God?

If after almost a year of reading, discussing, meditating, and praying about mercy we are still unconvinced, Pope Francis has laid it out in blunt terms, and his message bears repeating: “If God has forgiven me, why shouldn’t I forgive others? Am I greater than God?”   The pope goes on ...
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Jesus Is All Mercy

When we take up our cross, we discover that it is freeing, that the yoke is easy and the burden light, just as Jesus promises.   Isn’t this what Jesus meant when, on the night of his passion, he offered his great Priestly Prayer to our heavenly Father: “so they may share ...
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