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  • Why it matters who Jesus is

    I have been reading, with both profit and delight, Thomas Joseph White’s latest book, “The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology.”
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  • Remembering your greatest spiritual experiences

    When you go to a spiritual director so you can grow closer to God more consciously, you may be asked about a “peak spiritual experience.”
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  • Authoritarian but not authoritative?

    Reading the opinion article on the church’s resolution of bioethical questions, by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk (Feb. 23), one must ask, “What is wrong with this message?” One answer is “Everything historical in the article is true, but needs further interpretation.”
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  • Abortion’s toll

    The pulpits of Catholic churches have maintained a perpetual forbearance of preaching against the evil of abortion.
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  • Letters disheartening

    I just read the letters to editor section (Feb. 23). It’s not happy reading. Although there are letters expressing opposite points of view, the bottom line is depressing. You know I’m in the liberal-progressive camp, but it’s all quite disheartening, no matter where you stand.
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  • Of winners and losers

    Our society tends to divide us up into winners and losers. Sadly, we don’t often reflect on how this affects our relationships with each other, nor on what it means for us as Christians.
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  • Other persons are a gift

    A few days ago I met a very little girl who made a big impression on me. Grace and her older brother Benedict suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in serious hearing impairment and limited physical growth.
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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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  • Separating the things of this world from the things of eternity

    Today’s Gospel contains one of the most realistic statements in Scripture: “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan?” Jesus tells his disciples how to set their priorities with regard to material possessions, inviting them to learn dependence on God from the birds in the sky, the flowers in the field.
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  • Take a deep breath and pray

    While reading the online letters column from the Feb. 6 issue, I thought for a minute that my connection had accidentally switched me to Facebook! The two letters excoriating CSF for publishing “all the pro-Trump articles” in the Jan. 26 edition are similar to the buzzword-filled memes that are still clogging my Facebook feed!
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  • Trump is standing against culture of death

    Re Richard Morasci’s letter, “Church should step in on President Trump,” Feb. 9: He stated “the church is willing to put up with anything that Trump was willing to throw at the nation as long as he was firmly against abortion.”
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  • Writer’s opinion widely shared

    To Richard Morasci of San Francisco, bravo on your wonderfully written letter for the opinion page.
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  • Praising Trump and disruptive change

    Unfortunately, Clara McKennett (Letters, Feb. 9) won’t see this incredible source of religious inspiration anymore because she un-subscribed possibly over the president’s decision not to send federal funds anymore to foreign countries for abortions, or was it appointing a pro-choice Supreme Court judge?
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  • The Catholic vote and Trump

    Well, that’s what happens when so many anti-choice, pro-birth, single-issue Catholics vote for a reality show hack and hate-mongering, racist authoritarian.
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  • Article omitted significant facts

    Re ‘Presidential travel ban prompts Catholic outrage,’ Feb. 9: There are three significant facts omitted from the article: 1. 193-plus other nations continue to send immigrants and refugees to this country and we welcome them.
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  • Welcoming the stranger

    In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the Bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner.
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  • How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?

    A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam.
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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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  • God’s power as powerlessness

    The French novelist and essayist, Leon Bloy, once made this comment about God’s power in our world: “God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a master over a servant or a king over a subject. We can do what we want. He will defend himself only by his patience and his beauty.”
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  • Church should step in on President Trump

    I read your article, “Trump presidency receives words of hope, prayers for civility,” (Jan. 26) and I thought, “Isn’t it too late?” During his campaign, Trump made it very clear to anyone who was willing to listen how he treated people and what his policies would be.
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