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  Have you ever approached a hushed group and were certain they were talking about you? It's an uncom-fortable feeling to catch people murmuring about what you did, said, or didn't do. It breeds division and exclusion. In today's Gospel, Jesus invites us to just the opposite. The reading opens with the crowds "mur...

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  In an on-demand society, it's not always easy to im-agine life with less. The crowds of Jesus' day depend-ed on the weather and successful growing seasons for their livelihood. For many of Jesus' listeners, even "food that perishes" would have been a welcome re-lief. Jesus acknowledges this but tries to dra...

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In countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, many face an insurmountable level of violence, insecurity, and lack of economic opportunities. “Join-or-die” gang recruitment policies make life nearly impossible for innocent youth in gang-controlled areas. Corrupt or otherwise inadequate policing fails to protect them. ...

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Tiny fingers and toes. A little yawn. A loud cry. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. "What will this child be?" It is a question every parent asks time and time again. As first steps are taken, as personalities emerge, as a child shows interest in reading or drawing or climbing, the question is on our lips. "What will ...

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  There are more dislocated people in the world today than at any point in human history, in-cluding the aftermath of World War II. Pope Francis and the Catholic Church throughout the world are calling on the nations to respond to this growing humanitarian crisis with true compassion. This call extends to us here in Norwich, Ct., ...

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The Catholic Bishops of the United States are calling us to learn about immigrants and refu-gees as we prepare to celebrate World Refu-gee Day on June 20th. Here is one of many stories about refugees in our times. For more information and stories about refugees, go to justiceforimmigrants.org. The Central American Minors (CAM) program ...

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  Have you ever felt judged by your family? St. John Paul II noted that the family "is the cradle of life and love" (On the Lay Members of Christ's Faithful, 40). Yet unmet expectations and divergent priorities can cause tension in even the most loving family situa-tions. This is true for us, and it was true for Jesu...

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  In our modern times, symbol can seem to have lost its value. The most recognizable "signs" are ones we see on the road or the branding in advertisements. The logos for major companies don't do much more than perk our interest or disdain. They surely don't deliver on their promises for our lives to be happier, h...

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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Lord, On this Easter Sunday, may the abiding peace of the Risen Savior be with you, your families and loved ones. May Christ's peace fill our hearts and homes with His love and renew our unity of purpose and good will. Easter celebrates the core belief of our faith, the Resurrection of J...

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  How are your Lenten resolutions? By the time week two rolls around, plenty of well-meaning people have skipped, neglected, or outright forgotten their Lenten resolutions at least once. It can be easy to start excusing our Lenten commitments altogether. Last week we saw Jesus driven into the desert. This Sunday, we see Jesus lead...

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