Category Archives: The Church

The Growing Desire for Silence in the Church – How Shall We Respond?

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, recently said that at a time when young people are bombarded by noise and distractions, especially from the social media, there is a “deep desire” for … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part Two)

The case of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s assault on his fiancé in February of this year underscores a major problem in the NFL and our culture in general – women are still being abused and many institutions (mostly those … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part One)

Women are abused every day, perhaps no less so than a few decades ago when the problem was not as open for the public to see as it has been in the early 21st century. This abuse might be even … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Five)

Chiara Lubich ends her reflections upon the “inundations” of this love by providing two notes of commentary. 1. First, she says there are times when we think the gospel does not truly solve every human problem. “It brings only the … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Four)

The late Paul Harvey had a tag line that any listener to his radio broadcast will always remember. He would tell an intriguing story and then end by saying, “And now you know the rest of the story!” Well, brothers … Continue reading

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Liminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Three)

After being at Wheaton for one semester I returned home for a summer mission experience among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico. When I returned to Wheaton I experienced a deep sense of aloneness and spiritual malaise. The Spirit prompted … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part Two)

Today I post the second of five parts of my Acceptance Speech after being given the 2014 Luminosa Award for Unity on June 22.  The plaque I was given reads as follows: The 2014 Luminosa Award for Unity Presented to … Continue reading

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Luminosa Award Acceptance Speech (Part One)

On June 22 of this year I received the Luminosa Award for Unity. This weekend of June 20-22 in Hyde Park, New York, was a time of profound encouragement for me and for the work of ACT3 Network. This week I … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Greatest Desire for His Church on Earth

When I first began to understand John 17 I realized that Jesus’ greatest desire for his disciples was that they would live this oneness together. He wanted them to be united as a powerful witness to the reality of the … Continue reading

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What Has Love Got to Do With Unity?

So what has love got to do with unity? Everything! When God revealed to me a whole new understanding of Christian unity in Christ’s mission – what I call missional-ecumenism – I began to share this message as widely as … Continue reading

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