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Church could lead way on climate fix
The church is large enough to move markets and policy if it operates in solidarity.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Appreciating the moment
Our planners and phones are filled to the brim with lists, tasks and meetings, yet how many of us schedule regular time for prayer? Or time with our spouse? Children? Friends? When is our appointed time for meaningful communion with God and neighbor?
Thursday, April 27, 2017
From the Archives
The train reaches the station of Mount Angel about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and at the sound of the whistle of the locomotive, the bells of the distant monastery commenced to chime, cannons thundered the joyous salute from the “Butte.”
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sarin and the Congress

Amid the general, bipartisan enthusiasm for the president's decision to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, I worry that we have lost sight of an important principle.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A fond farewell

This column is a "fond farewell" to those who have enjoyed my writing over the years. Writing a column is like putting a note in a bottle and tossing it into the river so it can float down and across the bay and out into the ocean. You never know whose shore it will wash up on.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The church's future
The glares from people in the congregation when a toddler starts screaming in the pew because his sister stole his Cheerio don’t help a family feel embraced by fellow churchgoers.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Easter plea: Harmony
In the Catholic community, as in any family, people stand in different political camps. That is inevitable. But we Christians should not define ourselves primarily by our politics.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Spring and Easter cleaning
A bright morning sun came shining through the patio's sliding glass door and showed me what a poor job I had done vacuuming and dusting.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Science isn't always glamorous

Some consider it miraculous, some fear it and still others wish it never existed. The "it" is science that can create awesome wonders and produce fearful results.


Sunday, April 16, 2017
Death without dignity in the nation's capital
The Council of the District of Columbia and the mayor have approved a law allowing physician-assisted suicide. Under Article I of our Constitution, Congress has legislative authority over the district and can block that law. Here are three nonpartisan reasons why it should do so.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters
WASHINGTON — Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead.
Friday, April 14, 2017
A student newspaper moves away from print to go online
Today's collegiate generation has the communications equivalent of bad breath and someone should be kind enough to tell them. They are weak in both oral and written communication. Public speaking and putting words in print are not their strong suits.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
From the Archives
It is still possible, for example, that an un­informed Catholic will misunderstand the Good Friday Liturgy as putting the blame for the cru­cifixion of Christ on the Jewish people.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Rice Bowl a way to love
In one swoop, the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl fulfills the Lenten acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Raise your voice
In light of Catholic teaching, Trump’s plan is theft of a different sort — it takes from the world’s most vulnerable, the poor and future generations. And it relies on strategies bereft of facts.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Of faith and fish

For Catholics and other Christians who observe meatless Fridays, fish figure prominently, and this makes me (pardon the pun) happy as a clam. But I understand that some people are not as enthusiastic as I am about fish. The smell might be off-putting, the texture "slimy."


Monday, April 3, 2017
Is there no respect these days?
Is a new age of disrespect upon us? Are we experiencing growing impertinence, insolence and contempt? This leads us to ask what exactly respect is.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Form and chaos
In my more cynical moments, I have suspected that all of these artists (except Frank Gehry, whom I kind of like) are playing a joke on us. My rule of thumb about art is, if I can do it, it's not art. And I could paint a canvas black; or not play my instrument for four minutes. Heck, I could do five minutes.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Family ties from Shanghai to Philadelphia
Readers will find an informative narrative of what it was like to be a Christian under communist rule in China. The Lin family kept the faith but not without significant pain and suffering.
Friday, March 31, 2017
From the Archives
The Irish race is an organized, dis­ciplined, compact army and an Irish Moses has arisen to lead them out of their bondage.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Live Lent fully
It is easy enough to say that Lent is a season of preparation for Easter. Most of us recognize that Lent is a sacrificial time, a penitential period during which we unite ourselves with Jesus Christ in the desert, with Moses on the mountain, with Noah on the waves, with the Israelites wandering the desert, for 40 days.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017


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