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A Call to Action: Grow in Character

Research based on a survey of 3,000 young people by Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton shows that most youth believe in a moral and benevolent God who wants us to be good, watches over us and solves our problems in our quest for personal happiness… as the authors termed, a “Divine Butler.”

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Art and Artists

There are good reasons why some paintings are in the great museums and others do not qualify. Of course, it is possible that experts make mistakes.

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Cure for Envy? Trust In Divine Providence

It was one of the most powerful proclamations of the Gospel I have ever experienced – and it astounds me that The New York Times proclaimed it to me.

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Regensburg Vindicated

On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Krakow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called and demanded to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedict’s pontificate.

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Going Offline to Connect in Real Life

Yesterday, I left my cellphone on the kitchen table when I left the house. It felt as if the apocalypse happened! The first hour wasn’t so bad. It was bright and early in the morning, and I had coffee to drink and work to do.

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Parents Need to Watch Out for EVD-68

Dear Dr. Garner, It’s great to hear that your TV show will be returning Oct. 7! Tuesday nights just aren’t the same without “Ask The Doctor!” Thank you for doing the show and this column.

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There’s No Excuse for Tolerating Pornography

The New York State Legislature is considering a new law to criminalize what’s known as “revenge porn.” It seems that in our brave new world of social media, it’s become somewhat common for couples in intimate relationships to share sexually explicit photographs via email or “Instagram” or “sexting.” Later, after the relationship has dissolved, recipients of the images sometimes share them on the Internet, with identifying details and disparaging remarks.

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Fair-Weathered Irish Return to Give Back

OK, so I’m not a weather forecaster. During a TV interview, I predicted that the sun would shine on the Great Irish Fair last weekend. Instead, the sky opened up, and the rains came, sending fairgoers scattering for cover or heading for their cars.

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Renewed Calls for Peace

Last week, we commemorated the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September, now in its 13th year. With each passing year, our memory of this event seems not to fade, as it is indelibly imprinted on our souls.

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Autumn Brings Spiritual Renewal

September has always been one of my favorite times. Instead of going in big for New Year’s resolutions, something in me cries out for renewal in autumn.

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