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February 11, 2014
The gifts left to us by giants

We have just gone through another season of giving, some of it easy because it is sharing with friends and family, and some of it hard because we have responded to the cry of the poor near and far.

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April 17, 2013
The new pontiff and the Jesuits
The new pontiff and the Jesuits

When friends or family ask what I think of the new pope, I reply that I view the choice with enthusiasm and optimism.

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August 14, 2012
Looking for what is sacred in our lives
Looking for what is sacred in our lives

Traditionally, summer provides the opportunity to look for what is sacred in our lives, a time for a pilgrimage, either individually or in a group.

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June 13, 2012
A father's duty is for life
A father's duty is for life

As I think about the upcoming celebration of Father's Day, I can't help but dwell on responsibilities that never end.

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April 19, 2012
A new neighborhood brings a welcome wagon of churches
A new neighborhood brings a welcome wagon of churches

Being at a stage of life when it is prudent to live close to one of our children, my wife and I are moving to West Hartford, Conn.

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November 17, 2011
The challenges of Thanksgiving Day
The challenges of Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day in America, perhaps the only time of the year when this happens, everyone is concerned that all be able to sit down to a sumptuous meal. That is why special dinners are prepared for the poor, homeless and other disadvantaged people. A recent story in my local paper described efforts of a local state legislator to organize a Thanksgiving meal for veterans.

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October 13, 2011
The heritage Hispanics celebrate this month
The heritage Hispanics celebrate this month

The monthlong celebration of Hispanic heritage opened Sept. 15. African-Americans have their month in February, and other groups have similar observances throughout the year.

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June 15, 2011
The necessity and value of work
The necessity and value of work

At the athletic club where my wife and I workout, the janitor in the men's locker room is named Juan, and his counterpart in the women's locker room is named Maria. Ask them how they are, and their response is always the same: "working."

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January 12, 2011
Being hopeful in these difficult times
Being hopeful in these difficult times

New Year's traditionally stirs hopes for better times. But with so much "partisan extremism and government by rage" in 2010, a phrase from a recent New York Times editorial, it may seem futile to be hopeful.

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December 16, 2010
Christmas is more about the future than about the past
Christmas is more about the future than about the past

The carol titled "I'll Be Home for Christmas" touches the powerful yearning we feel at this time. As such, it evokes nostalgia for things past, and that is all to the good, although there is more, much more to Christmas.

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