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  • Clearly siding with the world’s poor and marginalized in a video message for the recent Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements, Pope Francis boldly declared, “Seeing you reminds me that we are not condemned to repeat or to build a future based on exclusion and inequality, rejection or indifference; where the culture of privilege is an invisible and insurmountable power.”
  • The will of the people
    Left-leaning editorial writers and news anchors have recently been warning us that public approval of the Supreme Court is dropping. They refer to polls conducted by Gallup and the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
  • Mary's message
    Information hasn't always moved at the speed of light. Accustomed as we are to instant communication, it's hard to imagine that we once had to wait, sometimes for days, for messages to reach us.
  • From the archives
    For the first time in 27 years, the magnificent ceremony of the consecration of a bishop will be performed in Portland, next Tuesday, October 28, when Rev. Edwin V. O'Hara, former pastor of the Cathedral here and St. Mary's church, Eugene, will be consecrated bishop of the diocese of Great Falls, Mont.
  • There is one war we need to fight. For without our intervention countless people will suffer, and thousands of children will continue dying daily. The name of the enemy – who deserves nothing less than total annihilation – is world hunger!
  • Choosing the better part
    What if we were to concentrate our attention fully on Jesus in prayer or even by casting a contemplative glance at him inwardly and let our service “spring” from this source of communion with the Lord?
  • COVID: The invitation we were waiting for
    We are invited to reclaim and reinhabit our innate interdependence as human family. We need each other — whole, healthy, and committed to the flourishing of life that is larger and more amazing than any of us and all of us together.

  • Songs on a memorable morning in London
    Though the sun was dimly lit above London’s Heathrow Airport on that autumn morning in 1972, it was a memorable daybreak. A sleepy Italian priest in a cassock sat in an uncomfortable seat in a crowded terminal, among a convergence of older toothless Cockney gals sipping tea and munching on stale biscuits that had been stashed in their worn needlepoint satchels.
  • Counterproductive imagery
    Let’s allow St. Michael to fight demons. Our task is to bring the world to Christ via improbable love.
  • Cultivating patience in a fast-paced world
    Have you ever listened to the sound of horns on the streets? Some may be gentle, trying to move traffic ahead, while others may warn a car or person of danger. And then there are the loud, continuous horns of nervous, impatient drivers.
  • How do we respond to the anger in our nation?
    Where is that all-American kindness right now? I have to remind myself that it's all around us, but you have to look hard. We live in an angry nation right now.
  • Let us bring the quiet
    The phone call jarred me awake at 6:20 a.m. I am not a morning person and because there have been so many robocalls lately, I did not immediately spring up to answer. However, because family members live quite a distance away, I found myself wondering if it was an important call that I had disregarded, so, reluctantly, I stayed awake and began the day.
  • Five overlooked moments for sharing faith
    Like students taking a test, we often assign God to boxes without realizing it: God will be present at church, in Mass or in class. But we can forget that Emmanuel is with us everywhere and always.
  • Thinking about the heartbeat law
    Most public issues these days seem to elicit angry dispute and mutual recriminations. Those divisions can tempt people to misstate or exaggerate facts, to persuade others (or even themselves) that they are right and their opponents are not worth thinking about.
  • For Holy Cross Father LeRoy Clementich, church was community
    A Holy Cross priest, Father LeRoy Clementich was 70 when he began his adventuresome ministry piloting a Piper Cherokee 180 into remote Alaskan villages to say Mass.
  • For Catholics who put their faith first, before anything else, there is one way – above all others – to view the life and death issues facing local communities, the nation and the world: and that is, through the lens of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.

  • Wrong reaction
    Portland City Council on Sept. 15 again proved that Oregon politicians, when it comes to abortion, are woefully out of touch with regular people, science and common sense.
  • The Me’s
    I give you two unassuming adolescents whose antics might otherwise fall under the sphere of nothingness but for the fact that I am now mentioning it.

    Steve and I were in seventh grade. These days we are in the 58th grade, the second semester.
  • Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none.
  • Trapped in the self
    Explaining the Sign of the Cross, Msgr. Ronald Knox used to say that its vertical gesture spells “I” — and its second gesture crosses that out.
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