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  • Avoid table tennis with him
    You at St. Rita Parish in Northeast Portland are truly blessed to have Father Tetzel Umingli as your spiritual leader.
  • Charitable souls
    I remember them fondly as decent, well-meaning and charitable souls who gave their very best to all in need.
  • Let us listen. Let us act.
  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Columnist Michael van der Hout, also an illustrator, offers this drawing of pilgrims departing for the New World on the Speedwell from Delftshaven in 1620. Happy Thanksgiving to our readers.
  • Devoted servants
    They loved their Catholic faith and were devoted servants of Christ.
  • Heavy heart
    The writer promised she would care for the caregivers, but then converted her article into a hit piece against all who have declined to receive that vaccine.
  • Of Harold, napkins and vignettes
    Harold, a retired electrician, was a slight, likeable, white-haired gentleman right out of the Greatest Generation. Harold always wore a smile, regardless of life’s pratfalls. A widower, he was a regular who was popular with the ladies at the Wednesday afternoon dances at the North Portland Eagles lodge when the house band ‘Ruthie and the Boys’ performed.
  • In autumn we all become contemplatives
    The flaming reds, the burnt oranges, the golden yellows, the greens fading in order to give way to a new canvas… Ah, for the moment we are left speechless, motionless, and even unaware of our own issues, cares, struggles, and “to do” lists. We are simply caught up in a glimpse of the mystery of creation, even of the transcendence of the creator God.
  • The good news
    Benedictine Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer offered some advice recently that is eminently worth sharing.

  • Guard journalism
    Like many good journalists, Ehrlich wanted to report on people at the margins, which is precisely what Pope Francis has asked journalists to do.
  • From the Archives
    1891: Christian parents, watch with a careful eye over the early acquaintances of your sons and daughters; forbid them any kind of associations that may ripen into dangerous friendships.
  • Boxing is safe
    Athletes understand the risks of potential injury and mutually consent to participate.
  • Synod for all
    As a member of the Catholic Church in Oregon I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the dialogue.
  • How can you?
    How do your reconcile your positions when our Holy Father calls abortion murder?
  • Make a memorial
    My suggestion for the equipment mistakenly collected from the now closed abortion clinic is this: Melt down the metal and make a statue of the Holy Innocents, a term that includes the unborn.
  • Climate change risks devastating conflicts – even nuclear war
    As climate change rages along its disastrous path of increasing and more intense natural disasters – hurting the poor most of all – it now appears that a majority of people are finally beginning to admit climate change is for real – and that pollution from humans burning oil, gas and coal is the main cause.
  • Wish it were local
    I was so happy to see this headline but then so disappointed to see it was about Africa.
  • November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. As a Catholic who has been an epileptic since age 8, I live with both the positives and negatives.
  • She defies categories
    No matter how we dumbly try to categorize everything as conservative or liberal, Dorothy Day confounds such efforts. Running in circles with anti-religious radicals, she attended daily Mass. She faced down racist police while praying the rosary. She edited a newspaper that promoted both the low-wage worker and the liturgical calendar.
  • The day I met RFK
    Kennedy seemed surprised when he looked at me and saw a child. He stooped over and asked, “So you did this?” I shyly nodded yes to his question. “You're very good,” he told me as he thanked me and shook my hand.
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