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  • 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.
  • “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. It directs our attention to uprooting all that is sinful in our lives and to ever more fully live lives of love – for friend and foe alike – with a special emphasis on the vulnerable and poor. It’s a radical call that is meant to be heard, reflected on, and acted upon beyond the season Lent – throughout all the seasons of our lives.
  • From tragedy to hope: The path to recovery
    The good news is that most people can recover from disaster when they are provided immediate and long-term support and practical assistance, including emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance and counseling. The bad news is that long-term support is difficult to provide, and assistance efforts often are haphazard and short term.
  • Ode for Eddie O
    To know Eddie O made it clear that the person behind the scenes often deserves the greater credit and lives the more colorful life and is probably favored by the good Lord.
  • Hounds and holiness
    They are no saints, but I think dogs can do a respectable job nudging us closer to God.
  • Lent is a time to revive kindness
    But over this past year, I have noticed my kindness has been affected. So many of my friends and acquaintances have become angry.
  • During “serious illness conversations,” some doctors will ply their patients with this question: “What is your minimally acceptable quality of life?”
  • ‘Love’ is not something we necessarily have to say (although it can be quite lovely to hear!) and it’s not even something we have to feel. Then, what the heck is love?
  • From the Archives
    A general feeling of relief pre­vails that a means to avoid the danger of more civil war has been found, and hope is ex­pressed that Congress will provide a way to prevent like complications in future.
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