Dear Friends: I write to you from Israel as we are on pilgrimage toward Jerusalem. Today, in fact, we are visiting Nazareth, where we will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, built over the place where Mary was when the Angel Gabriel visited her to announce God’s plan for her. We will also […]
Dear Friends: Last weekend, the world watched in horror as yet another act of senseless violence took the lives of innocent people, this time at a house of worship, a synagogue in a quiet suburb of Pittsburgh. We stand in prayerful solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We decry acts of religious or ethnic […]
Dear Friends: “Master, I want to see.” The prayerful request of blind Bartimeus in today’s gospel (Mark 10:46-52) is not only a plea to heal his ailment but to give him what he needs to be a disciple. Once healed, Bartimeus immediately followed Jesus on the way. When we identify what is holding us back […]
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