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  • Sheen’s wisdom
    What matters most is the sanctification of the now moment.
  • Let’s see action
    The U.S. bishops seem to be concerned only about abortion when climate change threatens us with worldwide abortion of all life.
  • If you are a parent in Tigard, what do you think? Is the Tigard-Tualatin School District next to embrace intolerance?
  • 2 cultures, 1 faith
    I learned so much about the church’s history in the Pacific Northwest; not just the painful accounts of abuse toward indigenous people, but also of the courage and deep convictions demonstrated by those Catholic converts who remained with the church despite those tribulations.
  • As I write, it is the U.S. holiday commemorating the great civil and human rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  •  Education for a better world
    Nationally, Catholic Schools Week continues to imbue the theme: “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools in the Archdiocese of Portland participate daily by living out faith, excellence, and service.
  • As I waited — and waited — for a driver to execute what was easily a 10-point turn to exit a parking space in the bank’s lot, another driver zipped in from the other direction and took the space.
  • State of abortion
    The nation holds its collective breath as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could expand the protection of unborn children.
  • Onkel Otto and his princess
    “Ich habe nicht de cornflakes but Ich habe de Muesli for you. Yah! You like!”
  • Recreate with care for our common home
    In his encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis states, “caring for ecosystems demands far-sightedness.” Oregon, we must look forward to keep public lands free and accessible to all and we must start with recreating responsibly.
  • Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past century.
  • From the archives
    Once upon a time, when you mentioned a bowl it was usually associated with a bowl of soup, a bowl of breakfast cereal or rolling a big black ball down a hardwood alley to knock down as many pins as skill permitted.
  • The pastor in Springfield says the goal of education is to get children to heaven, not Harvard. Are the children at St. Alice being taught spiritual elitism which makes them approach the world saying, “I’m OK, but you are not”?
  • Some things are real
    If one’s sentiments flow toward saving yet-to-be born babies, be aware that the next pro-life rally you attend may contain young folks shouting: “Birds Aren’t Real.”
  • Fifty-five years ago, on Jan. 1, 1968, with the Vietnam War raging, and numerous other armed conflicts causing untold death and destruction, St. Pope Paul VI initiated the first World Day of Peace. He wrote, “We address ourself to all men of good will to exhort them to celebrate “The Day of Peace” throughout the world, on the first day of the year.”
  • The reality of the last 100 years is that totalitarian economics and political systems resulted in poverty and death.
  • A fine author
    I wonder if your readers might be interested in learning more about Catholic writings recently translated into English from French. They are the works of French Catholic author Léon Bloy.
  • Served in hospital
    While many members did deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, I did not. While I am grateful for my three deployments to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, I am even more grateful for those who served their country in combat zones, especially those who paid the ultimate price.
  • Will we do right?
    I did find it frustrating to hear some Native Catholics say their peers need to heal, move on and forgive. It is as if the onus is on Native people to work through the tragedies and traumas that befell them and that continue to be re-lived today.
  • Good for society
    While the U.S. Supreme Court probes a case that would expand state aid to religious schools, the public education industrial complex has its pants unnecessarily in a twist.
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