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Finding God in Time Off

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:15 PM

My brother is one of the hardest-working, most generous people I know. During the rare moments when he is not working successfully at his job or volunteering his time to mentor youth, however, he can be a "waste of space." While my family is together for a holiday, it's not...

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Are We There Yet? The Blessing of Traveling Uncomfortably

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 10:58 AM

I recently took a cross-country bus ride that was anything but comfortable. After those in my row had experienced bloodshed--the bus bounced so vigorously that a man was thrown up in the air, hit his head against the luggage rack and gushed blood just a few feet from me--and a...

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What if We Had an African Pope? African Students Respond

(50) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 1:27 PM

"Mr. Rossmann, why are most saints white?"

"Why has there never been a black pope?"

"Was Jesus white?"

"Was Jesus black?"

I teach sophomore religion here at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. And while the inquisitiveness of 16-year-olds is probably universal, some of their particular...

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Top 10 Pop Songs Secretly About God

(141) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:18 AM

Sure, pop music seems to have little in the way of ... umm ... depth ("boom boom boom, even brighter than the moon moon moon" -- thank you, Katy). The question is whether God is present even in what can seem to be vacuously superficial. Can what initially appears to...

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Everything I Know About Prayer I Relearned in Spin Class

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 10:54 AM

My phone is not smart; my phone does not even "flip," let alone "slide." I covet the iPad, but I don't have one.

I am not an early adopter.

Not surprisingly, I didn't start going to spin class until late in the game. I didn't even know what...

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Giving Up ESPN for Lent

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 1:22 PM

This has gone too far. I have decided to take serious action.

The other day it finally dawned on me that I've been going to for the sole reason of checking the most updated player efficiency ratings (PER) to see whether LeBron James's numbers have slipped (PER...

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I Can't Stand Tim Tebow But He Makes Me a Better Person

(29) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Writing about Tim Tebow was so three weeks ago.

Even though the 2011 NFL season will soon be over (leaving me to distract myself with Lob City and the greatest Spanish import since paella), just like driving past a highway accident, I can't help but stare...

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The Spiritual Benefits of Running

(13) Comments | Posted October 30, 2011 | 7:55 AM

Autumn for me is a delightful time of colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored deliciousness and Notre Dame football, and for the past four years, my fall schedule has also included running in a marathon.

When I take a step back and look at the idea of running a marathon -- training for...

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Finding God and Community in Simple Dwellings

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 8:12 AM

While Jewish newspaper columnists are not the most likely resources for breaking open the New Testament, a recent column in The New York Times by David Brooks can shed light on scripture.

Brooks describes taking a safari in East Africa with his family during which they stayed...

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World Youth Day: The Joy of Being In the Presence of God

(85) Comments | Posted August 21, 2011 | 6:13 PM

Pilgrims will likely not forget hiking with temperatures over 90 degrees in order to encounter the million other people arriving at the same site and looking for a place to sleep, only for their belongings later to be soaked or blown away by the rain and high winds that caused...

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World Youth Day: Many Little Unforgettable Moments

(12) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 11:33 AM

Madrid is packed to the brim with over a million pilgrims from around the world, and for those of us here, this is not just a number but something that we experience anywhere we go with jammed subways, bottlenecks while trying to walk on staircases, and restaurant lines that extend...

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World Youth Day: Seeking Jesus on the Crowded Streets Of Madrid

(10) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 1:21 PM

"Can we receive Jesus?" "Let's go!"

While events had already been underway for much of the day, World Youth Day officially opened last night with a Mass in downtown Madrid attended by hundreds of thousands, and young people's desire to find Jesus is on full display here.


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World Youth Day: The Many Languages Of Faith

(7) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 1:28 PM

We have finally arrived. After three years of anticipation since the last World Youth Day, hundreds of thousands of Catholic young people have descended upon Madrid for the festivities surrounding World Youth Day, which officially starts this evening with an opening Mass in the heart of downtown Madrid....

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