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The Search for Tangible Signs

I live in a great neighborhood. Williamsburg has become an amazing mixture of young and mature, traditional and avant-garde, long-standing and trendy – the old and the new, side by side.

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Vatican II and The Berlin Wall

by George Weigel History sometimes displays the happy capacity to arrange anniversaries so that one sheds light on another. On Nov. 21, 1964, Pope Paul VI solemnly promulgated the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, which began by proclaiming Christ the “Light of the Nations” and is thus known as “Lumen Gentium.” In […]

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God’s Invitation to Love Is Never Withdrawn

As I wrote in last week’s column, I have come to think of God’s revelation as an invitation to enter into God’s unfathomable life of love and to think of faith as a saying yes to that invitation. Thinking of revelation and faith this way has marvelous implications for our lives.

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Cutting Down on Nail Biting

by Dr. Steven Garner, M.D. Dear Dr. Garner, Both my son and my husband bite their nails constantly. I am concerned about what harm this might do to their nails and, more importantly, any possible long-term effects it may have, especially on my son’s nails. It seems like any time I look at them, they […]

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Here’s a Reason to Be Thankful This Year

by Tony Rossi As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think of a TV show I watched over the summer: season two of the documentary TV series “NY Med” (season one won a 2013 Christopher Award). In case you’re not familiar with it, producers took cameras into New York Presbyterian Hospital and Newark’s University […]

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Can We Help with a Bright Christmas Grant?

Next weekend, The Tablet will officially launch its annual Bright Christmas Campaign to assist the poor and the needy in our diocese that takes in the boroughs of Kings and Queens. Every year for more than 40 years, The Tablet has collected funds that are passed on to parishes and church leaders in order to brighten Christmas for those in need.

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Long Live Christ the King!

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In 1925, Pope Pius XI established a new feast to end the liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King. That time in history had seen the rise of the totalitarian systems, such as communism and socialism, which infringed on the free practice of the faith.

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When Enough is Not Enough

I suppose most college students have at least one moment that began as an embarrassment and ended up being a great lesson in life. While I was living at the North American College, I managed to amass a fairly substantial phone bill. While I was living at the North American College, I managed to amass a fairly substantial phone bill. The telephone process was simple: We would call the switchboard (there were no cell phones or Skype in those days), and he would connect us.

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A Modern Synod is Needed For a Modern Family

I will be honest – the recent Synod of Bishops on the family was not a topic of discussion at my family’s dinner table.

Finding half an hour for our family of five to scarf down the latest concoction in the slow cooker before we splinter off to the next band practice, Girl Scouts meeting or religious education class can be challenging enough without igniting a theological debate about the place for divorced, civilly married, cohabitating and gay Catholics within our Church community.

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Ecumenism and Russian State Power

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department of external relations and a frequent visitor to the West, is a man of parts: a widely published author, a composer, a gifted linguist. He can be charming and witty, as I discovered at the Library of Congress in 2011, and in the intervening years, he’s positioned himself and his church as defenders of traditional Christian values in a world threatened by Western decadence.

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