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  • Life in monastery and world both move to God's rhythms
    Those same bells will one day announce my death. Grief, but full of hope. Suddenly, the world “out there” in the valley seems incredibly close to the world of the monastery.
  • Although a court jury’s recent verdict convicting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the death George Floyd has been declared, the jury is still out on how we will comprehensively educate and work to rid our society, nation and world of racism and prejudice against various ethnicities and minorities.
  • From the Archives
    Last Sunday was the second time during the season that the crack St. Andrew’s team tasted defeat and it was the Blessed Sacrament team which defeated the giant sluggers for the second time.
  • Archbishop Alexander Sample — near the eighth anniversary of his April 2, 2013, installation as head of the Catholic Church in Oregon — modeled evangelization when he appeared on Real Life Catholic last month.

  • Why sports matter
    If we primly eschew the sporting life, parts of society will be closed to the message of salvation.

  • In the wake of the global celebration of Earth Day, it would be wise for Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ famous environmental encyclical letter “'Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.”
  • Our walking Lord
    The Gospels show Jesus was a man almost constantly on the move, mostly walking.
  • A thank-you note
    The vast majority of these men went into the priesthood because they wanted to serve God and to serve you and me. They wanted to bring us the Eucharist and the radical, life-altering word of God — even when that means that they must juggle three languages almost simultaneously.
  • A Good Friday reflection on Jesus’ suffering with the world
    Pope Francis has often urged us to prayerfully meditate before the crucifix. Because by prayerfully meditating before the crucifix, one can see and begin to understand the ultimate result of sin.
  • From the Archives
    All parish chairmen, group leaders and members are urged to begin at once to make this session a banner period in study club annals.
  • From the archives
    There will be general rejoicing among the Catholic people of Portland and many other northwestern communities at the honor which has come to Mr. Hennessey.
  • Leadership and accountability
    True leaders know not to participate in these destructive actions because they affect the entire organization.
  • Should we take whatever vaccine is offered?
    These considerations show us how it is important not to gloss over the distinctions among various COVID-19 vaccines and imply that everybody should get the first version that is available.
  • A vaccine mandate would violate important principles
    Our nation is built on the freedom and responsibility of citizens to decide what is best for them. Mandating a COVID-19 vaccine would erode that foundation.
  • Lasting effects
    Little did we know the next 12 months would be akin to a sustained root canal.
  • How often do we turn to God in prayer expecting him to follow through? How much of church teachings do we fully believe? Can we honestly look in the mirror and claim to have faith like a child?
  • “Repent and believe in the Gospel” — the call we received from Christ on Ash Wednesday — is a radical call, the most important call we will ever receive.
  • The happiness from across the hall
    By contrast, across the hall it seemed everyone was always having a happy day in Sister Mary Marcelina’s colorful classroom. She was ever smiling, ever happy, hands clasped, chirping like a middle-aged sparrow.
  • Finding our way through
    With the help of Catholic Charities of Oregon, she went from homelessness — spending nights sleeping in a storage container or riding TriMet’s MAX train from Gresham to Beaverton and back again — to taking up residence in an 8-by-8-foot pod at Catholic Charities’ Kenton Women’s Village, to finally living in an apartment with her name on the lease.
  • Being clothed
    These who don’t “deserve” our forgiveness are precisely those to whom we are called to show benevolent kindness and mercy.
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