Easter is the Real Love Story

Posted by - April 15, 2017

Elie Weisel died last July. He was an award-winning author who survived the Holocaust and spent the rest of his life reflecting on and writing about the experience. When he was just 15 years old, everyone he loved died in Nazi death camps or were murdered by soldiers in their neighborhoods. Over the next few

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Piety and Spirituality

Posted by - April 7, 2017

Recently there was a meeting of the formation team that runs the Deacon Formation Program for the Diocese of Erie. I was at the meeting, since I’m associate director of the program and coordinate the academic portion of the formation program. We were evaluating the progress of some of the candidates in the program. One

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Spiritual Malaise

Posted by - March 30, 2017

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, recently spoke at a meeting to honor the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Union. He diagnosed the state of Europe as being under the influence of a deep spiritual malaise. People have lost sight of their roots and the Christian religious heritage

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Lent: An invitation to celebration

Posted by - March 16, 2017

After living and working in Micronesia much of the time from January 1973 through November 1997 my family and I moved to Erie, Pennsylvania.  It was an extremely difficult decision and many issues, which I won’t go into here, played into the decision to move.  Since then I have worked for the Diocese of Erie

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Reflection on Evil and Sin Part 2

Posted by - March 9, 2017

Another understanding encountered in the Talmud draws on two images.   The first is the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; and the second is the serpent who tricked Eve and Adam into eating of the fruit of the Tree. Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat the fruit of the tree. As the

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Reflection on Evil and Sin Part 1

Posted by - March 3, 2017

In recent years the prayer that the minister says when administering ashes on Ash Wednesday has become a bit more flexible, in that alternatives are allowed. Somehow it just doesn’t feel right putting ashes on a youngster and saying “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return!” Given the drinking and driving habits

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Words

Posted by - February 23, 2017

I try to avoid partisan politics in the Along the Way articles, as my goal is present gospel values and Catholic teaching, rather than political ideology of any shade. However, the gospels have specific content that makes demands upon the believer and Catholic teaching is also specific. There are times when the policy of the government or

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On Gorsuch appointment and impact on abortion

Posted by - February 17, 2017

This installment of Along the Way is a bit different from my usual contribution, as it deals more with law and civics than with theology. However, as abortion has been such an important moral and social issue for the past few decades, I thought it would be helpful to explore the issues sparked by the appointment of

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