Category Archives: Words

“I ♥ Valentine’s Day,” When the Church Shows the Love of its Life

Initially posted on the McGrath Institute for Church Life blog, published at the University of Notre Dame, on February 14. Valentine’s Day can be awkward for a lot of people. It’s unlikely the holiday will come up in Church conversations, … Continue reading

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Make a “Net” Work Better (4 New Ideas for 2019 World Communications Day)

For my blog dedicated to my particular focus on news, social polarization, and Christian values encouraging conversation for the common good: Click me-dia.blog in navbar above. World Communications Day 2019 won’t be officially celebrated until June 2, the Sunday before Pentecost. That’s … Continue reading

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“The Devout Life” As a Conversation-Starter

Initially posted on McGrath Institute Blog, published at the U. of Notre Dame, January 24 The fine art of conversation, used as an instrument to share hope and advance the common good, has taken a beating. Many Catholics feel inhibited … Continue reading

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A Franciscan Call for News from a “Good Place”

Initially posted on McGrath Institute Blog, published at the U. of Notre Dame, Jan. 23, 2019 Setting aside the missteps in virtue one often finds in sit-com scripts, the show “The Good Place” offers worthy insights about good and evil … Continue reading

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Inhibition in the Air, Creativity in our Hands

Don’t miss Peggy Noonan’s Jan. 3 commentary in The Wall Street Journal. She gives thought-provoking reasons why political correctness should not be allowed to stifle conversations, focusing on folks who lean left and progressive, especially artists and entertainers. This argument deserves … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know”–That’s Music to my Ears

  A television commentator recently made a remark that has caused me to ponder once again some trends in our culture and in the way we communicate. With tongue in cheek, he predicted that, in the not too distant future, … Continue reading

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We Have Met the Candidates, and They Are Us

Let’s make this Election Day a kind of “Feast of All Saint-Candidates,” following up on the Catholic Church’s recent “Feast of All Saints.” I’ll explain this modest proposal, but first I’ll acknowledge its flaws. They’re found in the candidates we’re … Continue reading

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