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Living the Truth in Love: Pope Francis' Beatitudes

The Bishops of Regions IV and XIV, which include all of the bishops on the eastern seaboard from Florida up to Washington DC, recently completed their annual retreat at the Bethany Retreat Center in Tampa, Florida. As in past years, I was privileged to be part of this retreat with my brother

Living the Truth in Love: The Pope's Pizza

We are already almost two weeks into the new year and just about halfway through the month of January. The holidays are quickly receding into the past and new year’s resolutions we made may also be quickly receding there as well. They say that time goes more quickly as one gets older and certainly

Living the Truth in Love: Glory to God - Peace on Earth

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests." These words of the angels to the shepherds at the Birth of Christ in Bethlehem are the words addressed to all of us on this Christmas. The two parts of the angels' message go hand in hand: the first – Glory to God,

Living the Truth in Love: Advent: Understanding More Mary's Immaculate Conception

It is fitting that we focus our attention on Mary during the season of Advent as we prepare for the celebration of the Birth of her Son. She is truly the central figure of the Advent Season for, through her consent, the Son of God was conceived in her womb and born at Bethlehem. Her quiet life

Living the Truth in Love: The Newness of Life Each Day

This year, the season of Advent is as short as it can be. Since the final Sunday of Advent is December 24, which coincides with Christmas Eve, Advent is basically just three weeks this year. In fact, the Vigil Masses for the final Sunday of Advent are those of the Solemnity of Christmas which means

Living the Truth in Love: At the Heart of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us. It is a day when we get together with our families to give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received. Thanksgiving is a national holiday and one which reminds us of the blessings bestowed upon us in our great nation. As the Christmas season draws nearer, with its

Living the Truth in Love: Identity Theft – Nothing New

Identity theft is a crime which affects many people. In fact, a major credit bureau recently experienced a breach which could impact over 145 million people. With personal information, criminals can open credit accounts, file tax returns, redirect social security benefits, buy property and many more

Living the Truth in Love: Be Not Afraid

October is Respect Life Month which begins the annual Program of Respect for Life as called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The theme for this year's program is Be Not Afraid (Mt 28, 20). These words of our Lord, which He spoke at His Ascension are found over and over again

Living the Truth in Love: Pope Francis Takes the A Train

It would not be unusual in southern Florida to be familiar with the subway system of New York City. While many other cities in our country and in other parts of the world have subway systems, there is none so expansive or complicated as that of New York. This year, in particular, we have been

Living the Truth in Love: Thirty Days Has September

The month of September is upon us. This month brings with it the season of fall as well as the realization that the freer days of the summer have passed and a more routine schedule of life is before us. School has begun, vacations are over and new expectations are placed upon us. The month of