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Pope Gives a TED Talk

  The power of “you” and “you” and “you” must add up to the power of “us” in order to bring hope through solidarity. Bravo, Papa Francesco. I know TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but here I think … Continue reading

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Dyngus Day Blessing

I’m playing the accordion again, and a great fund-raising event last night was a gig I’ll never forget. See the TV coverage, with a clip of me performing–even though the great musicians with whom I was privileged to team up … Continue reading

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Designated Revivers

God bless my daughter and all the young people for whom this year brings a first chance to vote in the U.S. presidential election. Despite a sense of normalcy in everyday life and an environment of faith and virtues nurtured … Continue reading

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Like “Hail Mary passes”? Happy Feast Day!

Today is  the  feast day  of  the archangels St.Michael, St. Gabriel, and  St. Raphael  in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. Thanks to an early morning program  on EWTN, I’ve just been reminded of the connection between St.  Gabriel and the … Continue reading

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Sing God a Simple Song — Bernstein, Holy Cross, and More

Thank you, Holy Cross Associates, for the national conference you’re holding this weekend at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN. A great friend of mine invited me as his guest to attend the opening sessions this morning, which featured … Continue reading

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Mercies are better in the plural

Let’s not risk a mercy shortage. Especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I vote that we multiply the word and amplify its meaning so as to immerse ourselves in it. As I pondered the word one day, I looked … Continue reading

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A word of apology … sorry, that’s the word

Elton John has sung, “Sorry seems to be the hardest word.” But the word “apology” and its derivative, “apologist,” seem even harder. Believe it or not, today’s feast of St. Justin, Martyr, is what prompts these observations. The Catholic Encyclopedia … Continue reading

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Love Thee, Notre Dame, and the Grace of “Yes”

Thanks to @LisaHendey, author of two great blogs A Good Measure and Catholic Mom.com, for her article that cited my two books with University of Notre Dame Press: Football Weekends at Notre Dame  and Words of Life: Celebrating 50 Years of the Hesburgh Library’s Message, … Continue reading

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Joy to the Word — Not a misspelling, but an exhortation

Thanks to Notre Dame Magazine for inviting me to contribute to their “What I’m Reading” blog. You can see my response at http://magazine.nd.edu/news/50016-what-im-reading-the-joy-of-the-gospel-pope-francis/ Writing this blog post gave me a chance to meditate not only upon the joy that comes from getting to … Continue reading

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Exploring Talent

I was delighted today to receive a book, The Little Book of Talent, as a gift from ACE. I know it will be valuable to study the phenomenon of talent, partly for my own ongoing personal development, partly for applications … Continue reading

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