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St. Camillus: Catholic Pioneer in Health Care

On July 18 we celebrate the feast of a saint whose life is significant not only to the history of religion but to the history of medical practice as well — prompting him to be called the “Red Cross saint.” St. Camillus de Lellis (born in Abruzzi, Italy in 1550) started out as a feisty and quarrelsome youth, much addicted to gambling.  Standing […]

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The Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy is upon us! The Jubilee year goes back to the Old Testament when: 1The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 Say to the people of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord. 3 Six years you shall sow your field, […]

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Spiritual Lessons from the Victims of Communism

This summer I had the privilege and pleasure of interning with a most intriguing organization in Washington, DC: the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC for short).  VOC’s mission is to honor the more than 100 million victims of communist regimes (from the Soviet Union to China, Cuba and Vietnam) and educate future generations about […]

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Catholic vs. American?

It’s come to my attention lately that a certain segment of American Catholics seems to feel ambivalent about America. Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a popular writer and blogger, writes that “the American founding philosophy is fundamentally opposed to Catholicism” (read his comments in context here).  Now, I have never perceived a conflict between my faith and my nationality. Yet I […]

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East Side – West Side: Part 1

A few weeks ago I went with a friend to the local Greek Orthodox church for their Sunday Divine Liturgy (which is their version of what we call “Mass”). My friend is interested in becoming an Orthodox Christian, and I wanted to see what the Eastern liturgy was like. Going in, I expected to be […]

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