A Prayer for Today

Today I am at the Vicariate meeting for Campus Ministry here in the Diocese of Buffalo on the beautiful campus of Hilbert College. Our morning is filled with sunlight and reflection on John Henry Newman. And so we pray: Our patron, John Henry Newman, faced the fear that change always brings with it. Help each […]

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Thy Will Be Done

Perhaps there are no more popular words from scripture than “Thy Will Be Done” but often, they are used superficially. Some use it as a feeling of exasperation, when all seems lost, they throw their hands up in the air, blame God for their misfortune and then say “Oh well, Thy Will Be Done.” Some […]

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What Does Home Mean to You?

So I’m beginning a third year here in Buffalo and it’s taken some time but Buffalo is starting to feel more and more like “Home.” I wouldn’t say that it’s completely there as of yet, but I began to wonder what people consider “home.” I know an obvious place for me is where I live […]

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Prayers for John Brust from St Vincent de Paul in San Francisco

In the young adult ministry world there’s a few people who I have really been impressed with throughout my many travels. John Brust is one of them. He’s been a young adult volunteer minister at St Vincent de Paul and is one of those people who often just took the ball and ran with it. […]

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They’re Not Seeking

Recently, the discussion of “spiritual seekers” came up amongst some religious professionals I kibitz with from time to time. I mentioned casually that Christian Smith the great sociologist from Notre Dame had given a talk and I was asked to respond to his thoughts. One of the things that stuck out for me from his […]

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Speaking for ALL Human Life

The always brilliant Br. Dan Horan, OFM has an excellent piece today on the Boehner situation. He defends the Catholic Theologians against those who claim that they are simply a strike from the left-leaning side of the Church (and presumably not as Catholic as some others would like them to be) and that these people […]

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So Just Who the Hell is in Hell Anyway?

Most would find it unbelievable that the Catholic Church has never definitively claimed that anyone is in hell. Not Judas, Not Hitler, Not Stalin, Not Bin Laden. Now that also doesn’t mean that none of these people aren’t in hell either. It’s just that we can’t claim definitive proof. The Christian Century blog took up […]

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Is It Wrong to Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death?

Linton Weeks from National Public Radio emailed me after reading some of my comments on the need to forgive Bin Laden. And he wrote this outstanding column exploring much of the same questions. I’m quoted extensively in this so I’ll just quote from there and let you read the remainder of the column. Not ‘Our […]

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As Buffalo Celebrates St. Patrick’s…

Today is the Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Irish have always had it rough and so, we look to another greenie to provide us a bit of sympathy. And while we’re at it…. And more seriously… Happy St. Patrick’s Weekend to all those of Irish descent, especially my father, Michael Sr who is from […]

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