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Thank You, Mandiba!

To look at me, you might not think I would be much affected by the death of Nelson Mandela. Half a world away and older than my father would have been had he lived… what do I know about such things? I was only vaguely socially aware in my youth, and more into Bob Geldof’s Band Aid and the activism of Bono because of the cool music involved than an anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. So, what did call my young attention to Nelson Mandela? One word… forgiveness. I am in complete awe of is …

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Consumerism

I saw a photo on Facebook yesterday. It was of a girl crying hysterically because she got a white iPhone for Christmas instead of a black one. Next to it was a photo of two dirty feet wearing flip-flops made from old cloth and flattened 2 liter bottles. No words were necessary – the picture said enough.  It is easy to look at these Facebook things and then forget them when the next photo comes along. But this one stuck with me. Of course, I felt the injustice of what most of the world lives …

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Truly, the True Presence

In the past couple of months I have had the privilege of attending Mass with small groups of people in relaxed settings – once on retreat with the Board of the Africa Faith and Justice Network and twice while running a seminar at the Comboni Mission Center here in Cincinnati. I am always amazed how the Mass, celebrated in this way, speaks to me. During Sunday Mass at my parish I usually spend Mass telling my kids to stop doing this (playing with the kneeler) or start doing that (praying). But even when I attend …

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Kony 2012: How Could They Not Know?

A few weeks ago a friend sent me a video on Facebook about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). After that, I saw several more posts from friends and family concerning the same video made by Invisible Children, an organization whose specific goal it is to end the atrocities of this madman. The friends’ comments mostly expressed  surprise and outrage. They called on their friends to make a difference. My first reaction to this may surprise you. My first reaction was frustration. That may seem a bit mild considering what Joseph Kony has …

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