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  • Sweeping institutional and social changes are needed, but our faith compels us to act now.
  • Celebrating the Eucharist at St. Pope John Paul II’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica on the 100th anniversary of the saint’s birth (May 18), Pope Francis said in his homily that God loves his people, and in times of difficulty visits them by sending a holy man or a prophet. And in the person of Pope John Paul II, we can see a man sent by God. “Today, we can say that the Lord visited his people” (watch: https://bit.ly/3bUZQ64).

  • Nonpartisan
    I appreciate your latest editorial concerning the church’s attempts at being unbiased in politics. I particularly like your affirmation: “In sum, the dignity of life is paramount.”
  • It will shine
    Holy Week, though different, was wonderful. Just when it seemed the darkness of evil would snuff out the true light of Christ, we once again recalled the life, Passion and death of Jesus.
  • I underestimated
    If it is human nature to want what we cannot have, I may qualify as superhuman during the coronavirus shutdown. When the possibility of attending Mass was absent, although for justifiable reason, I wanted it back.
  • Oregon friends
    My two friends who live in Oregon need some cheering.
  • A life issue
    Shelter in place and social distancing are inconvenient, but we all have to do our part to save the lives of those around us.
  • Dedication
    I appreciate so much the way Katie Scott works with us.
  • While to a certain degree returning to “business as usual” will not likely happen, that does not mean the vast majority of those who hold most of the world’s wealth and power will not use every advantage at their deposal in trying to hold onto broken, corrupt, unjust systems – what St. Pope John Paul II called “structures of sin” – which feed their greed while starving the morally just aspirations of the world’s poor and vulnerable.
  • Why I work for the Sentinel
    Although raised Lutheran (nobody’s perfect) with obvious ties to the history, beliefs and traditions of the Catholic faith, we really weren’t exposed to Catholic teachings growing up, except for the occasional anecdote or life-lesson from Mrs. Hochstatter up the street — my boyhood friend’s mom. They were parishioners at St. Jude in Eugene. I was a devout attendee of her “cookie baking day” – every Sunday afternoon.
  • People who try to live the Beatitudes make better choices in life. There’s no reason to think that’s not also true for nations.
  • Navigating change
    When everything changes, we tend to cling to what we know, and can be forgiven for doing so, even if it’s a pew with a slightly obstructed view, gum under the seat and a squeaky kneeler.
  • I’ll share it
    Thank you for capturing such a complex topic and for highlighting our work and recommendations.
  • You broaden me
    Your newspaper fills me in on the many wonderful aspects of the Catholic Church: caring, environmental, multicultural, elders, children, schools, science, history — as well as the dark side of humanity.
  • Pray for souls
    When a friend informed me I would not be able to attend Mass, it tore my heart apart and still does. Not receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord? The loss is indescribable!
  • An open confession: Had we forgotten we have souls?
    Most people ignore or don’t take advantage of what they have been given. Once it’s lost they hope and pray they will get it back.
  • Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research groups are working overtime to shorten this timeline dramatically in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Could keeping the Sabbath be an antidote to our over-worked, over-scheduled, consumeristic, “more is always better” culture?
  • A piping parade
    On Mother’s Day at St. Gabriel Parish in Chicago, the tradition was for the men and older boys to march the five blocks from the Knights of Columbus hall to the church proudly wearing their blue Holy Name Society badges with gold fringe led by bagpipers.
  • No Logic in Religion?
    Such theory is an insult to Christ, who spent three years of His public life in teaching definite religious and moral doctrines.
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