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  • When we pray Christianity’s most important single prayer – The Our Father – do we really attempt to understand and meditate upon the challenge of its words – especially “thy kingdom come”?
  • The forgotten commemoration
    When rain falls and winds blow leaves in spinning circles that dance like whirling dervishes across the sidewalks, I once again realize that I am one of a very few who remembers a long forgotten observance on the last day of November. 
  • How you can help
    The story “Everyone belongs at the table” (Nov. 1, Page 19) described Catholic Charities’ plans to develop Germaine’s Café as a job-training site for young men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Due to reader interest, I want to provide some additional background and explain how you can help us bring this project to fruition. 
  • I laminated it
    I am absolutely delighted at the wonderful section on 150 years of St. Vincent de Paul. It was just perfect. 
  • What an issue
     It’s the best newspaper I’ve read in a long, long time. I read for hours. 
  • Receiving Jesus
    Maybe the question in the poll should have been, “Do you believe you are receiving Jesus?"
  • Strong miracles

    If you continue to doubt after reading even one of these books, God help you! These are the strongest and most earth shattering miracles ever known.

  • Study before vote
    As election season continues into full swing, we need to read and think about the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ admonitions in their publication, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” listing the Christian values and personal characteristics candidates should possess. 
  • How we dress
    Just exactly what is proper attire in the eyes of God? Unless one wears something very distracting and revealing, as far as I am concerned, this is the least that God will concern himself with when one attends Mass.
  • No false witness
    Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si’” was not intended to scare children to death.
  • From the Archives
    Catholics, however, have the unspeakable pleasure of pointing back to the history of the past and from thence producing the evidence which annihilates the fraudulent fabrications brought against us.
  • Freddy the Freeloader
    Few know this, but when I was a boy, Thanksgiving was also the feast day of the stray dogs.
  • You are called by God to be a saint! And that all important calling from the Lord is not just to be seriously considered on All Saints Day – but every day!

  • During a recent speech in Texas, I mentioned that “Drag Queen Story Hours” are being sponsored by local public libraries across the country. Toddlers and kids are brought in and placed in front of cross-dressing men who read children’s stories to them, stories that encourage them to reject fundamental gender differences between males and females. The LGBTQ agenda, I also noted, is being energetically promoted to upend and rewrite public school curricula even for kindergarten and pre-school-aged children.
  • Thriving via teamwork
    Scientists now are learning that survival is enhanced not just by strength but by the proclivity to cooperate. The very mechanisms of biological growth and progress really do reflect what we know of God from Scripture: self-dealing leads to failure while other-centeredness builds success.
  • In stark contrast to today’s Congress, 70 years ago Congress passed “The Housing Act of 1949” with the objective to provide “a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family” (see: https://bit.ly/33Ib22l).
  • From the archives
    Some Christians would consider abortion as ethically permissible where I would maintain the inviolability of human life. But it is clear that our differences are within the context of a general affirmation that abortion is sinful and that life is sacred.
  • Open up wonder
    It is unconscionable that having failed to scientifically prove man-made global warming, the activists, the media (including the Sentinel), and the teachers (including Catholic school teachers) have turned to terrifying our children with this “the sky is falling” notion.   
  • Cardinal Levada had vision
    He demonstrated vision and understanding in allowing us to establish a new model of a Catholic school.
  • It depends
    I look at the letters to learn what other readers care about. 
  • Let them think
    I encouraged my students to think, to practice faith early and to find their own voice within it. I taught out of the U.S. bishops’ catechism and mixed it with various media, religious order visits, and field trips and had guest speakers and teachers from various aspects of the faith, church and archdiocese.
  • Pay attention

    Having already raised eight children, it took constant vigilance, wit, discussion, perseverance and prayer to get through. Mind, this was in the ’60s and ’70s — look at what parents have to contend with today.

  • The feast of the Holy Rosary

    No memories of my mother Dorothy are as powerful as watching her saying the rosary at the kitchen table every morning. Whatever was going on with our family, her day would start with coffee and one of the mysteries. 

  • Help our unbelief
    Our Lord promised he would be with us until the end of time. He truly is — in the Eucharist.

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  • Seeking the Holy Spirit's guidance in law
    The Annual Red Mass requesting guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice took place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception followed by a reception. The Mass offers the local legal community an opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession. This year’s speaker was the Honorable Mary H. Murguia, the first Latina appointed to serve as a federal district court judge in Arizona.
  • Greek poetry’s truths
    Our opportunities to forgive, to speak truthfully, to resist gossip and pride, to care for creation, and to praise our Lord are as limited as they were for the humans in Homer’s “Iliad.”
  • The most vulnerable
    How can we teach our young people with integrity to stand up for our sick, our poor, prisoners, immigrants or the planet if we allow hundreds of thousands of unborn humans to be killed? Our children would understandably deride us as phonies.
  • From the Archives
    Columbus Day was a big deal a century ago. 
  • Get truth out
    In this era of failure to get to the truth and sort it out so that Catholics will once again be able to rely on the teachings of their priests and bishops, I am reflecting on politicians and public leaders who claim to be Catholic but consistently support abortion and continue to receive holy Communion.
  • Promote mercy
    This diary of St. Faustina is full of many wonderful promises and blessings and graces our Lord is waiting to bestow on us if only we ask. This devotion is so powerful many sinners have been converted, those who have left the church have come back.
  • Slow to anger

    In my opinion, have we lost trust in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who may just be as frustrated as we are and who wants the violence to stop.

  • Proper attire
    There appears to exist a casual attitude toward being appropriately dressed to attend Mass. 
  • Tough final years
     I was ashamed to be in classes when paper wads were thrown at nuns as they tried to teach. Father Lester the disciplinarian had his hands full trying to keep rowdy students in line.
  • October vignettes

    “We were instantly ordered to stop playing this riot creating music and we instantly switched to “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus” and other beer drinking songs.  We completed our evening playing Schunkelmusik, but were never hired to play at Mount Angel again.”  

  • From the Archives
    Here's a reminder of youth workers from days past. 
  • St. Pope John Paul II, in his powerful encyclical letter “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”), challengingly said “How can we fail to consider the violence against life done to millions of human beings, especially children, who are forced into poverty, malnutrition and hunger because of an unjust distribution of resources between peoples and between social classes?
  • Navigating life’s seasons with Mary
    I believe that when we accept each season as it comes and offer that season to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can know real peace. Regardless of what is going on, I have found that when I place my trust in God and my seasons to his mother, I am filled with a peace that surpasses all understanding. 
  • A stunning Catholic business
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across the country in New Haven, Connecticut, there is a remarkable Fortune 1000 company offering business experience to Catholic students from all over America. It is well known for its large-scale global service projects, pro-life and religious freedom initiatives, and its highly rated and profitable insurance policies. This unique business is called the Knights of Columbus.
  • Called to stewardship
    Whether or not you agree with 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, her speech at the U.N. has once again prompted us to look at what we can do as Catholic Christians to care for our common home.
  • Ordinary yet miraculous

    Sometimes, we stop noticing stupendous incidents right before our eyes. It’s usually because they are so steady, so dependable. How often do we feel a thrill of gratitude that drinkable water spurts from our kitchen taps? Do we throw our hands up in spontaneous praise when we inhale and just the right life-sustaining gases flow into our lungs? Such may be the case for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

  • Because suffering almost always imposes itself on us during life, and especially at the end of life, it can be helpful to reflect on the need to accept some personal suffering as we die, even as we recognize the importance of palliative steps and other comfort measures.

  • Walking alongside St. Francis: Caring for humanity as a social response to climate change
    BEAVERTON — During this Season of Creation, some of us pray for our environment, get involved in active projects, or advocate for policy change. However, we can all agree that in current times, many climate issues affect our most vulnerable, poor, and marginalized brothers and sisters in Christ. The impacts of climate change touch the lives of all humans, but they also disproportionately affect populations of lower economic privilege or social status with limited access to resources.
  • Remember the writing assignments teachers would spring on unsuspecting students their first week of school? Bleary-eyed kids waxed eloquent on such profound themes as: “What I did over summer break,” or “How going back to school is ruining my life.” It’s been many moons since I’ve considered these critical questions, mostly because — for numerous years as a busy wife, mother, and worker bee — the words “break”’ and “summer” didn’t compute.

  • It’s good, it’s wise and it sounds so nice: “Season of Creation” – a time for us to stop taking the wonderful God-given gift of creation for granted. A time to wake up and smell the flowers!
  • Responsibility
    In a time of nearly full employment in the U.S., the vast majority of citizens are personally responsible for saving $400 for emergencies.
  • Give, don’t take
    Notice Jesus did not tell the young man to go and sell his neighbors’ goods and give the money to the poor.
  • Mom taught me
     Mom and I bonded on any and all aspects of the subject. She had established her authority, but more importantly I possessed knowledge of God’s gift to me. 
  • Absolute miracle
    Every time I attend Mass, daily, I consider that this absolute miracle takes place all over the world at every Mass celebrated on that day.
  •  I was extremely shocked, offended, and amazed that the editor would choose to use not one, but two suggestive drawings.
  • Sign remains
    One indication of our esteem for Father Gary is the tribute which hangs in our volunteer closet: “We Love you Father Gary.” 
  • One plan
    God created the environment and gave stewardship to us as followers, not for its destruction.
  • The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces

    Almost 75 years after the last of the Nazi death camps were liberated, the world is watching a new generation succumb to the poison that many had assumed had been eliminated when the world was shown those horrors.

  • Pascasie's Catholic garden
    "My garden was the pride of neighbors and visitors; people called it the Catholic garden," shared Pascasie Musabyemungu, who works for Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda. She tended to her outdoor garden as an offering to God.
  • If you had met me when I was 22, you would have met a young woman who loved stuff. By that I mean, I could fill suitcases and suitcases with my high heels and handbags. The funny thing is I rarely used most of them.
  • They serve us
    You’d think there were dozens. Even scores. But the Sisters of Reparation have been a duo for some time. Their spiritual influence in Portland far outweighs their number.
  • Miracle at Lanciano
    I was 12 years old when my family took our first trip to Italy. We spent a good portion of time visiting my father’s cousins in Abruzzo. On a walk one afternoon through the town of Lanciano, a group of us were casually making our way down some old narrow streets. One of the cousins said something quickly while gesturing toward the facade of a church.
  • Honoring the Real Presence
    Could deepening our respect for humanity help deepen our faith in divinity?
  • Don't miss the best thing
    We don’t necessarily need a cheap T-shirt from Target to remind us of that reality, but it sure does help.
  • In secret you will be repaid
    Is it possible that speech and rhetoric, the gift of human communication, can be an obstacle to the life of faith? St. Augustine’s conversion appears to be one from rhetoric to Christianity. What’s behind this shift?
  • The emigrant's brave farewell
    We talk a great deal in this country about immigration, too often in language that is hostile or fearful. What we don’t talk about is emigration, the act of leaving one’s home.
  • From the Archives

    The new edifice is beautifully located at the Eastern extremity of the city and is built in the Gothic style, the main edifice being sufficiently large to accommodate the congregation of East Portland for many years to come. 

  • It motivated me

    I just read Katie Scott’s excellent story on Father Gary Smith in the Catholic Sentinel. Thank you for the wonderful storytelling.

  • Excellent piece
     I was inspired and grateful for the ministry and generosity that Father Smith has given to so many of God’s folk and continues to give.
  • Coming apart?

    I think if only Luther could have hung around for 500 years, he would be watching the church he opposed so strongly coming apart from within.

  • More participation
    You hit a grand slam by saying that, for Catholics, the “pinnacle” of doing this is by receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
  • Creative welcome
    We should be just as creative as Our Lord.
  • 9 takeaways for parenting in a pornified culture
    Remember, it’s not a matter of if your child will encounter pornography, but when. So make sure each conversation includes, “when you encounter pornography, please come talk to me.”
  • Which Catholics?
    We should remember there are many people who, when asked, claim to be Catholic even if they are not practicing.
  • Spiritual urgency
    Below the billows of smoke is God’s creation being destroyed.
  • Old science
    If, via the Big Bang (posited by a Catholic priest) God could usher a universe into being, and via evolution allow us as creatures to advance and improve continually, and via molecular structure allow matter to exist even though particles are impossible to pinpoint — then is it really hard to believe that the substance of bread and wine can be replaced by the substance of the divine force that makes everything happen in the first place?
  • Living the real life
    Whenever I recite Verse 10 of Psalm 90, the Italian word "pazzo" comes to mind. The verse reads, "Seventy is the sum of our years, or 80, if we are strong; most of them are toil and sorrow; they pass quickly, and we are gone."
  • Do we really believe in the Real Presence?
    When Pope Francis recently said that every time we receive Communion, it should be like our first time, it reminded me of a friend’s story.
  • Sowing love, not hatred
    We’ve all lost something over the past couple of months. The tragic losses in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, shook the entire nation. Then, we lost nearly 300 family members in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement work raids in Mississippi.
  • Who is ignoring women's health?
    "You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts." This observation, attributed to Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan, comes to mind as I see warring opinions about the Trump administration's latest conflict with Planned Parenthood.
  • The irony involves the moral outrage that surfaced regarding Michelle’s text messages. Similar indignation about encouraging someone to commit suicide is, paradoxically, almost entirely absent when it comes to “physician-assisted” suicide.
  • For millions of working children worldwide, the adventures of a new school year remain but a dream. Sadly, these children will never learn to read or write. They will not acquire computer skills. They will not experience singing in chorus, going on field trips or playing at recess. Their classrooms will be sweatshops, farm fields, and battlefields. 
  • Heaven, not college, is the goal
    MILWAUKIE — When a parent in a blog comment began to suspect that catechesis in Catholic schools is nowhere near as robust as it needs to be, and worried that this lack might endanger the salvation of his three teens in Catholic school, he asked for resources. 
  • Marriage values
    I guess that was back in the day when people were shocked. Our current president has not been true to any of his three wives, it appears.
  • Senators or nuns?

    In the past 12 months, we witnessed the actions of our U.S. senators and representatives in the Kavanaugh and Russia hearings. So, who is preferable to exercise more control over our health care: Congress or the Sisters of Providence?

  • God’s grace is everywhere­
    This summer we entered earth’s paradise. Formed by five volcanoes over the span of much time, Hawaii’s big island was our home for nearly three weeks. The island reminded me that God’s footprints are everywhere.
  • Erosion of faith
    Claiming that a person’s personal life and policy perspectives are influenced by the Catholic faith is disingenuous when she actively advocates for and supports policies and legislation that is intrinsically evil and opposed to basic Catholic doctrine and teaching. 
  • Young people? Their parents do not know the faith