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Abide in Love

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 1 John 4:16 In a sermon on 1 John 4:16, which was delivered on 09 November 1930 to commemorate Armistice Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer poses the following question to his congregation: “How can the [human] who hates [their sibling] […]

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The Ethics of Desire

Our desires play such an important role in forming who we are as persons.  Who and what we value and who and what we want to become all shape what we do to realize those desires.  Many of us desire a certain level of success in life.  Certainly, a successful life can mean a great […]

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Politics (and Ethics) as Servant Leadership

On Friday, October 25th, my plane landed in Washington, D.C. for the weekend of a lifetime.  Just a few weeks earlier, the Democratic National Committee had informed me that I had been honored with the privilege of participating as a Hope Fellow in the Fall 2013 Hope Institute.  I expected it would be an informative […]

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What Investing in the Future Looks Like

When I first arrived at Loyola University Chicago in August 2007, I had not anticipated that I was about to become a member of an academic community that was so profoundly committed to environmental justice.  Just a few months after I began my undergraduate course of study, the Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons opened its […]

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50 Years After ‘I Have A Dream’: Have We Yet Listened?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was undoubtedly the greatest preacher, social leader, and prophet of the twentieth century.  His flaws were what made him fully human.  His audacious vision and bold tenacity were what set him apart.  As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of a speech which forever changed the world, I find myself asking the […]

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The Myth of Funemployment

It’s a tragic reality for nearly eight percent of all Americans.  What used to be an expectation for bright, hard working, driven, talented young adults is now a far-fetched hope.  Employment is a right, not a gift.  And so many people who are reading this post are the unlucky many whose future hangs in the […]

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Why Social Justice?

The Jesuits teach it.  The sisters are doing it.  The pope is preaching it.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, Thomas Merton, Walter Rauschenbush, Harvey Milk, and Robert F. Kennedy witnessed to it.  Countless others are living it.  So, why does social justice matter?  Why write about it?  And what difference can a […]

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A Reservoir of Grace

“Look up!”  cried out a lady.  She was walking her dog and I was running toward her.  I was expecting to see something of the likes of Air Force One, or maybe perhaps some sort of military aircraft flying overhead.  But, it was, in fact, just a bird.  And not just any bird, but a […]

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Living to Love, Loving to Live

I’m not quite sure what it was that moved me to recall this quote from St. Paul while taking a walk along the wooded cliffs that impose on the banks of the Merrimac River, but let’s just call it grace:  “Faith.  Hope.  Love.  These three.  But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)  Perhaps it […]

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The Case for Moral Objectivity

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting on moral objectivity.  I’ve gotten some pushback from a few people that I have great admiration for, which has inspired me to re-examine my own convictions.  Before I go any further, I’m going to show my cards. First and foremost, I am a moral realist.  […]

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