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How not to read the Bible

Sacred Scripture has long been an integral part of the Christian life. While it might interest some to engage it as an academic discipline or a case study or just a well-preserved artifact from antiquity, none of these approaches to Scripture properly respect why it was written and why it exists. How much sense would […]


Cultures change, but fear of immigrants continues unabated

A friend the other day handed me a document called “Conozca Sus Derechos” (“Know Your Rights”). It was distributed recently in Hispanic parishes in a diocese not far from Philadelphia. The goal was to help immigrants understand their rights and to protect themselves from ICE officers and other officials, newly emboldened by recent instructions from […]

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The only way out of “Big Little Lies”

Big Little Lies is a new HBO series detailing the drama of a community of grade school moms in Monterey which is the epitome of a paradise. Everyone’s rich, powerful, beautiful, and have way too much time on their hands. It’s the lives that HBO seems to think that everyone wants. Everyone wants an ocean […]


Our Own Private Island

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own private island? I know I did…and still do. As a kid, I wanted an island that was the perfect temperature, had trees that grew junk food, and a treehouse for a home. There, I could invite all my friends to hang out and I would never have […]


From OSV: “Onward, Christian Stranger”

In his latest book, Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World (Henry Holt and Company, $26), Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput assesses with his typical clarity the bewildering situation for committed American Catholics living in the world created by the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, legalizing same-sex marriage. As a biting […]


El Pincel de Dios/The Brush of God

Recuerdo que una de mis clases en mi primer año del seminario, fue la clase de inglés con mi profesor Mr. Vincent Small. En su clase leí el poema de Robert Frost llamado “Mending Wall,” que se trataba de un vecino que quería construir un muro y el otro vecino no lo quería. Esto me […]