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  • One essential question
    Some people are Maseratis and others VWs. It’s not that one is better than the other.
  • Faith Café feeds hungry, prompts encounters
    BEAVERTON — Have you ever been hungry — really hungry? Prior to 2005 in Washington County, there was no place for a hungry person to go for a free hot meal. On April 17, 2005, after months of preparation, the people of Faith Café served their first dinner. Now, 15 years and 150,000 meals later, Faith Café will be celebrating a 15th anniversary in April and remembering all the special guests we have been blessed to serve.
  • A little bit about a really great guy
    During this time, Amos vowed to the patron saint of hopeless causes that should he become a success, he would build a shrine honoring that saint.
  • No morally healthy person likes bad news. But to ignore dangerous bad news because it’s unpleasant to hear and may necessitate getting out of one’s comfort zone, is truly foolish and irresponsible.
  • Suddenly, I felt a tremendous sense of emptiness. Very little of our family life is not connected to a church.
  • Saintly helpers amid illness
    A team of holy helpers entered the medieval Catholic imagination then. These 14 saints from the early centuries of the church were invoked during one of the darkest moments of history. All had suffered.
  • Cheers to moderation
    “No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness — or so good as drink.” G.K. Chesterton nailed it. In excess, alcohol consumption is destructive. In moderation, sublime.
    Thousands of those who gathered at the Auditorium were indignant at the pussyfooted actions of Mayor Baker. 
  • There is no need to wait until loved ones are in agony to pick up the pen to say, in one or more ways, how much and why they’re loved.
  • And what are the many good things our nation is failing to do, things that really could be done – like ending abortion, poverty, hunger, homelessness, war and environmental degradation – to make our nation and world a far more just and loving place?

  • Jesus and the Jedi
    The real force that is the Spirit has a strangely wondrous and mysterious way of confounding and employing for its own purposes plot lines outside its standard orbit, and, indeed, it is always with us.
  • Vatican archives reveal family history
    Starting March 1, researchers were able to access all documents in the archives from the election of Pope Pius XII in 1939 to his death in 1958. I, along with my fellow researchers, am eager to put my eyes on this wealth of newly available history.
  • At the Catholic Sentinel I already wrote about interesting people and meaningful issues I cared about.
  • How God handles it
    The best we can do is remain open to what God does with the pain that is a part of natural processes. That’s hope. We can then declare with Job, “I know that my redeemer lives.”
  • Young Life grew my vision for Catholic ministry
    Two summers ago I attended a Young Life camp in Eastern Oregon as an adult guest. I agreed to visit Washington Family Ranch not knowing much about Young Life. I was curious but did not anticipate that the experience would change the way I view youth ministry.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – welcome to every Catholic’s favorite game show: Let’s Do Lent! Our categories are: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, Potpourri, Traditions, and Wham-o!

  • The time is 100 seconds to midnight

    Both the United States and Russia each have hundreds of nuclear warheads aimed at each other. And what’s even worse, these weapons of mass destruction are programmed at launch ready alert – otherwise known as hair-trigger alert.

  • Do you see Medicaid as a life issue? The nation’s bishops do. 

  • Pope Francis’ beautiful apostolic exhortation on the Amazon caught the attention of many secular journalists mostly because they were primed to witness celibacy tumble or report that the all-male clerical state took a hit. We urge our media colleagues to read more deeply. The contents are earthshaking.

  • Though this is a dark time to be Hispanic, there are rays of light
    A brief news story on New Year’s Eve stated that a 42-year-old woman in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, earlier in December intentionally ran over a 14-year-old girl with her SUV because she "thought she was 'a Mexican.'" The victim, Natalia Miranda, was walking on the sidewalk toward school when struck by Nicole Poole Franklin, who did not stop to help.
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