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The Beatitudes revisited: a template of the good life

From Where I Stand    NCR    September 9, 2021

I once heard a story that used to make me laugh.

Masks, vaccines, and rights in the land of freedom and liberty

From Where I Stand  NCR  July 29, 2021

Benedictine options: an escape or an experience of essence

Great cultural change — the kind that upends our social givens — always spawns division.

A discarded plastic bottle floats in the Anacostia River in April 2020, near Bladensburg, Maryland.

From Where I Stand  June 10, 2021   NCR

Journalism in the United States is more a drumbeat than a narration.

Important stories come in one of two types:

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney receives a safety brief before departing on a 37th Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Huey Feb. 10, 2017, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

From Where I Stand  May 20, 2021  NCR

People attend Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

From Where I Stand  April 29, 2021 NCR

Over the years, we have begun to discover some differences between Jesus and the church: Jesus has credibility.

A worshipper wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Holy Thursday in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City April 1.

From Where I Stand  April 8, 2021 NCR

Lent is not about giving up our adult candy or immersing ourselves in pain. Lent is about being honest with ourselves, changing what needs to change in our lives, making our world a better place and growing into the Light.

From Where I Stand  March 17, 2021  NCR

This is going to be a COVID-19 kind of Lent, and that may be one of the best things that ever happens to our spiritual lives. 

Person holding a black mask.

From Where I Stand  9/17/2020 NCR

They call it a "pandemic," meaning occurring all over the world, all around the globe. Horrible. Overwhelming. Heart-stopping.

American Flag shot from below.

From Where I Stand  January 21, 2021  NCR

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington Oct. 5, 2020.

From Where I Stand   December 31, 2020  NCR

Grieving family members hold a mock funeral in the Brooklyn borough of New York City Oct. 18 to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus restrictions that they say led to the deaths of their loved ones in nursing homes.

From Where I Stand  12/10/2020  NCR

President Donald Trump is seen at the end of his campaign rally at Eppley Airfield Oct. 27 in Omaha, Nebraska.

From Where I Stand  11/19/2020  NCR

Why is it that some things we never forget and other things we never remember? I work with those ideas a lot.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Jan. 8, 2019

From Where I Stand 11/3/2020  NCR