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  • Pentecost and you

    We celebrate the birthday of the church on Pentecost Sunday 50 days after Easter. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, and transformed them from the frightened men they had become after the crucifixion, into the courageous apostles of Jesus Christ, who fearlessly faced martyrdom.
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  • Reformation at 500: Year of unparalleled opportunity

    In his new book “Martin Luther: An Ecumenical Perspective,” Cardinal Walter Kasper notes that our ideas about Martin Luther have undergone transformations in a number of ways over the past 500 years. Historically, for Catholics, Luther was the church father of Protestantism, the heretic to blame for the division of the Western Church.
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  • A girl called ‘Resurrection’

    In the 1980s I lived and worked at a Catholic Mission situated about an hour’s drive northwest of Pretoria, South Africa. Along with eight other Sisters of Mercy, I lived in a village of about 40,000 Tswana people.
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  • Refugee crisis: Meaning in the face of suffering

    In recent decades the forced movement of refugees and internally displaced persons has been rising markedly, reaching 67 million displaced people today. This is higher than at any time since World War II.
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  • The importance of speaking in the public square

    Every time I am asked to speak on this topic I find myself returning for inspiration to the story from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 17) of St. Paul in the agora of ancient Athens – that great meeting place of government, commerce and ideas. Paul could see the city was full of idols, and Acts tells us his spirit was “provoked,” but still he held his ground and witnessed to Christ. His testimony was of particular interest to the philosophers, who enjoyed discussing all the latest news and fashionable ideas of the time.
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  • Healing the loss of a loved one

    I lost my mother unexpectedly last November, after having lost my father after a long illness eight years earlier. My siblings and I suddenly found ourselves “orphans” as we marked our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without either of our parents. Now we are anticipating our first Mother’s Day without mom.
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  • An Easter blessing

    I wish you a Happy Easter, and I send you this blessing with my love and prayers.
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  • The message of Ash Wednesday

    What is the message of Ash Wednesday? What does the Liturgy of the Word for Ash Wednesday say to you about Lent and following Christ?
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  • Christ ‘enough to satisfy every heart’

    Each of us is called to be a disciple. We’re called to listen like disciples (Isaiah 50:4). “The Lord opened my ears that I may listen like a disciple. Morning after morning he wakes me to hear that I might learn from him how to offer a word of comfort to the weary.”
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  • Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

    This year’s theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”
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  • March for Life

    On Jan. 27, thousands of young Americans – including nearly 200 from the Diocese of Green Bay – will fill the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, holding signs and chanting slogans that proclaim a pro-life message.
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  • Pope: Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God

    VATICAN CITY – The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said.
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  • The three Masses of Christmas

    Our feast of Christmas came from a pagan observance which was Christianized. It is a pagan festival revisited.
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  • Hospice care a need in the Latino community

    As a hospice social worker I have had the privilege of being with patients during their final stages of their illness as part of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, home-health aides and chaplaincy support.
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  • Physician-assisted suicide prevention

    Much has happened on the assisted-suicide front. The California legislature went into an extraordinary session on health care and emerged with a bill legalizing physician assisted suicide.
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  • Give yourself the gift of time

    People who care for loved ones with frail health typically have a multitude of responsibilities: Shopping, running errands, paying bills among them. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone spend time with other important people in their life and tend to their own needs.
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  • St. Joseph in perspective

    During the Advent and Christmas seasons, St. Joseph holds a prominent place in the liturgical and historical celebrations.
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  • The best Christmas gift you’ll ever receive

    “If I knew things would no longer be, I would have tried to remember better.” That’s a line from the 1990 movie “Avalon,” which comes to mind every Christmas season because it’s a time of year that prompts me to reflect on the past and the best gift I ever received.
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  • Understanding Mary’s Immaculate Conception

    At the beginning of the liturgical year we honor the immaculately conceived Virgin Mary. The solemnity of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is celebrated on Dec. 8, and honors the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without original sin.
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  • No one should have no one at Christmas

    Each year British retailer John Lewis creates a seasonal buzz with its creative, emotionally charged Christmas advertisements.
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