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  • Sweeter than the honeycomb
    I'm certainly not the first person to observe that the tone of our civic discourse has gotten increasingly angry. I have recently come to realize, though, that some people actually like it that way.

  • Living sexuality in the church's embrace
    So, how big a deal is sex, in the human scheme, and in Christian life?

  • Climate change is real; its death and destruction is presently upon us, and it is projected to get much worse if far more aggressive national and international efforts to reverse it are not soon enacted.
  • The Groote Beer
    A former Nazi yacht was almost part of a Portland Catholic training program in the 1950s.
  • Try your best, let God do the rest
    People ask how I have remained in Christ’s peace while going blind from macular degeneration. The short answer: From the time I was very young, God has taken care of me.
  • A peace campaign
    Oct. 3 marks the 14th year for Rosary Bowl NW in Oregon. Our Holy Mother truly desires to assist each one of us in our greatest needs, particularly when we seek her heavenly intercession in the holy rosary.
  • We all may stumble in the faith. Teenagers are just the same. But I’ve seen firsthand how God can guide them back, even if it takes a few decades.

  • Refuge amid smoke and flames
    The striking and lovely presence of a Catholic parish — a structure and people bound by divine presence — is enough to extinguish despair.
  • The buddy system for political dialogue
    It is an understatement to say that political polarization in our communities is intense. Some people are close to despair that they will ever be able to have a fruitful conversation with a person of another political party.
  • How to live through history
    God is always renewing the world. It is never too late to act.
  • New life in Catholic education
    The start of the 2020-2021 school season, however frustrating and uncertain, will miss about 150 Catholic schools that did not make it through the pandemic. It is hard not to grieve. Yet there is hope.
  • Catholic solidarity with our brave Hispanic workers
    The early days of September afford us the opportunity to turn our attention to one of the noblest activities: human labor.
  • Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent month. I would like to consider five.
  • A private club for men
    In my circle of friends, I have a gal pal with whom I communicate twice a year. The purpose of our infrequent base-touching is specific: Both avid readers, we like to catch up on book recommendations.

  • Confusion and conflict on abortion
    Confusing and contradictory responses have emerged from national abortion surveys for decades, without much effort to determine why this is so.
  • Labor Day – a holiday celebrated in many countries, including Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand, South Africa, India and the U.S. – is an ideal time to reflect on, and be thankful for, the God-given gift of work.
  • Pope Francis: a new encyclical to outline his post-COVID 19 vision?
    n the letter, he advocated for a new economic model that would not marginalize the poor. He called for a universal basic income for the lowest-wage workers excluded from globalization’s benefits.
  • 'Moby-Dick' and the online search for identity
    Healing the split between the Gospel and culture today starts with understanding man's desire to spend so much time sailing (or surfing) the seemingly infinite abyss of the internet.
  • Can we disagree less disagreeably?
    St. Paul was no shrinking violet when it came to arguing his position. Yet in the Letter to the Ephesians, he urges his readers to "to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace" (Eph 4:1-3).

  • A missionary family
    I used to avoid bringing all five kids to Costco, yet here we were going to take them abroad to Central America.
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