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  • Facing Earth’s peril with earnestness and gravity

    Every outstanding thinker’s ideas can be traced to the influence of great thinkers. In his recent encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis mirrors much of the thinking of renowned theologian Father Romano Guardini, whom the pope studied in Germany.
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  • Flannery O’Connor and Catholic realism

    From this vale of tears, one can never be sure about the boundaries of acceptable behavior at the Throne of Grace. Is laughter at earthly foibles permitted?
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  • ‘I was in prison and you came to me’

    For all the world to see, Pope Francis and President Obama recently gave personal witness to Christ’s words in Matthew 25:30, “I was in prison and you came to me.” While it was an historic first prison visit for an American president, it was a relatively familiar act of pastoral outreach for a pope.
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  • The healing place of silence

    A recent book by Robyn Cadwallander, “The Anchoress,” tells the story of young woman, Sarah, who chooses to shut herself off from the world and lives as an Anchoress (like Julian of Norwich).
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  • Nourishing body, mind, heart and soul

    Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
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  • Progressive Catholic authoritarianism: An enduring problem

    Back in the day (the late 1960s or thereabouts), Father Andrew Greeley – the model of an old-fashioned liberal Catholic – accused Father Daniel Berrigan (the beau ideal of postconciliar Catholic radicalism) of harboring an authoritarian streak in his politics.
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  • Healing – a theory

    All of us live with some wounds, bad habits, addictions and temperamental flaws that are so deeply engrained and longstanding that it seems like they are part of our genetic makeup. And so we tend to give into a certain quiet despair in terms of ever being healed of them.
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  • Facing a new reality

    With the Supreme Court’s sweeping legalization of same-sex marriage June 26, the church is facing a difficult road ahead – a truth spelled out in the pointed remarks by the four dissenting justices in the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
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  • Letting worry out the door while trusting in God

    The kingdom of God is within you. We’ve all heard this truth, but few of us fully understand it or make an effort to put it into practice when we need it. In signing off my letters to friends and others, I often write, “May the Lord be your strength and your joy.”
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  • Supreme Court does not decide what is or is not a sacrament

    An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010 added acts of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the list of federal hate crimes.
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  • ‘Come away and rest a while’

    According to USA Today, (May 25, 2014) the ratio of priests to parishioners in 2010 was 1:1,653. That would mean if each priest spent six minutes with each parishioner, he would have two hours and 42 minutes left per week to eat, sleep, pray and rest.
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  • ‘It is now up to us, in great ways and small’

    It is gratifying to us in the City of St. Francis that the opening words of the long-anticipated encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si’,” are taken from the famous “Canticle of the Creatures” composed by our mutual patronal saint, the Little Poor Man of Assisi, who is such a model for all of us of care for all of God’s creation.
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  • The church and the ‘new normal’

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, these sober thoughts occur:
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  • Prayer for charity and understanding

    Civil gay marriage is now constitutional in the entirety of the United States. That is a reality found to be unpleasant by many, including many in our Catholic community.
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  • Correcting the record

    I always enjoy reading “Around the Archdiocese” articles every week – always informative and enjoyable for the most part!
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  • Regrettable analogy

    After the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage last week, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB, wrote a statement lamenting the decision.
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  • Charities’ legacy on prison hospitality

    Your article of June 19 (“San Quentin prison families visit dads, granddads”) on the “Get on the Bus” visiting program of the children of the incarcerated reminds me of the humble beginnings of the prison visiting program now in place at California’s 33 prisons.
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  • ‘We’re here for the nuns’

    Your June 19 edition highlighted the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. I congratulate the paper for that wonderful story. For those of your readers who remember the late ABC broadcaster Paul Harvey, there is “the rest of the story” deserving to be told about the sisters.
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  • Remembering another great encyclical

    While Pope Francis’ new encyclical “Laudato, Si’” is enjoying wide publicity, few people are aware this year marks the 20th anniversary of another powerfully prophetic social justice and peace encyclical: “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”).
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  • The value and power of ritual

    Today we no longer understand the value and power of ritual. This is more than an individual failing. It’s the cultural air we breathe. In the words of Robert L. Moore, we’ve gone “ritually tone-deaf.” The effects of this can be seen everywhere: Allow me two examples:
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