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Viva La Papa!

 A few weeks have passed, and I’m still on high from World Youth Day in Madrid. There are some obvious reasons for this “high” (see above), and then some not so obvious. Overall it was amazing and inspiring to be surrounded by millions of God’s children, all there to honor Pope Benedict XVI. Every conversation […]

What Would Fr. O’Leary Do?

Since the time of the Hebrews it has been a political practice in every society to espouse your nation with good virtue and your enemy’s with evil. It is common, also, for a nation’s leaders to attribute God’s (or gods’) favor with them and God’s wrath on their enemies. This practice still exists in a […]

World Youth Day Reflections

“Benedicto!  Benedicto!”  Our Holy Father’s name rang through the streets of Madrid as millions of young people eagerly awaited his arrival.  As the Pope entered the city through the Puerta de Alcalá, I was one among those millions.  I stood shoulder to shoulder with my peers – peers that hailed from all over the world.  […]

Rediscovering my roots: World Youth Day 2011

When I volunteered to write a retrospective piece on my trip to World Youth Day, I thought it would be a relatively easy task.  I would simply write about my experience, most likely in the form of a chronicle, and that would be it.  As the days went by, and especially by the end of […]

The Feast Day of the Holy Innocents

“In him (God, the Word) was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)   Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and we recall the innocent children slaughtered by King Herod, in his effort to destroy the […]

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