January 21, 2021
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Challenges Lead to Blessings

Life often involves risks and taking chances; this can be true both in important things and unimportant matters. As an example of something many people regard as important, consider the stock market. Each working day there are billions of...

We Are Richly Blessed

October 4th is the feast of one of the most popular and attractive persons in all history: St. Francis of Assisi. He lived some 800 years ago, and is remembered as a gentle, loving person—and our Holy Father chose to use his name as Pope. St...

Amid Pain and Tragedy, A Blessing

We are all acutely aware of the terrible harm done by the Coronavirus Pandemic to virtually every American—economically, educationally, emotionally, and culturally. But could the virus be, in any sense, a blessing? The immediate reaction...

Moments of Grace

St. John Paul II had one of the longest reigns as Pope in Church history; when he was elected in 1978, he became not only the first Pope from Poland, but the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years. Most experts agree he helped change the course of...

A Year-round Blessing

We have started the year with the priestly or Aaronic blessing, better known in Hebrew as birkat kohanim (ברכת כהנים). It is the blessing that we find in the book of Numbers 6:24-26, whose text is the...

Pleasing God—or the World

One Sunday afternoon in New York City, a man named Steve got on the subway and found a seat in a quiet car. Some of the people were reading the newspaper; others were dozing, and some were thinking or contemplating with their eyes closed...

We are Blessed, Called, and Sent

A month following my ordination, I was in Chicago and had completed a day of meetings. Having boarded at Union Station, the train began to roll into its six-hour journey back to Michigan. After a couple of hours on the rails, however, I noticed that...

Come, Share in My Feast

Once there was a doctor who was known for being both a kind and caring person and a very competent physician. Over the years he became well-off financially, and was able to afford nice things, including fine clothing, but twice a year he wore a...