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His chalice
But it didn’t vanish at all, did it? You can see it again at any and every Mass, and marvel that some stories, like that thin mysterious Arab Jew himself, do not die.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Is the Mother of God a Cubs rooter?
For one West Linn couple, a trip to Illinois for family events turned into a Chicago Cubs World Series pilgrimage that had spiritual implications, including a notion that the Virgin Mary fits the profile of a Cubs fan.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Extraordinary form Mass offers spiritual and historical treasures
For those looking to learn about the Mass or the church’s history, or even just for those looking to get out of a “rut” in their prayer life, I recommend trying out the extraordinary form.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Cremation: There's a Catholic way
My hope is to be able to profess with empathy and sincerity, “We have a Catholic way of funeral and burial. It’s what we do. How can I help?”
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Grateful for the gift
Yet even if every single aspect of this holiday goes completely awry, O LORD, may we still give you thanks and praise as the loving giver of all good gifts.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Help for eating disorders can start with you

It’s no secret. Plastered across glossy magazines displayed beside candy bars in checkout lines, filling advertisements for everything from skin care to cars, even in some Disney flicks: The message girls and young women receive at every turn is be thinner and younger. Be more perfect.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Hold him accountable
With a President Trump, we predict some welcome advances. At the same time, we fear missteps that could harm society. Over the next four years or more, we will affirm the progress and at the same time hold Mr. Trump accountable when he veers from what’s good and true.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Lessons learned from presidential elections
"I feel worse than I felt when Kennedy was assassinated." The depressed look in my friend's eyes the morning after the presidential election was terrifying.
Monday, November 14, 2016
To my brother priests
After 56 years of the priesthood, at age 85, I want to say a word of thanks to my brother priests, who have sacrificed so much to bring the good news of God's love to our troubled world.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
You're destined to vote
We urge all eligible Oregon Catholics to vote, not only because it’s patriotic, but because it’s an act manifesting God-given human dignity.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Pastoral letter touches core
Recently, our dear Archbishop Alexander Sample released a pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the recent post-synodal apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis. Francis’ document was officially the culmination of more than two years of study, prayer, and consultation, including two massive – and scrupulously watched and analyzed – meetings, or synods, of bishops from around the world on the topic of marriage and family life.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Evangelism on Bus 20

Every school morning I jog to the bus stop to catch the 20 heading east to the community college. The long bus ride is my transit church and on the ride I am a little superstitious about saying all of my favorite prayers from the Knights of Columbus prayer booklet, ragged now with cut out prayer bits or quotes scotch taped to the inside back cover.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
From the Archives
An old black vest found in one corner of the room contained $1,400. He has long been known as a miser, and it is thought he starved himself to death.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Pray to the finish line

The last stop for this year's tumultuous presidential election season, which for so long seemed like a remote intangible, suddenly is within our sights. Soon, Americans will cast ballots for their preferred candidate. Unfortunately, for many American Catholics weighing their options -- and their consciences -- the choice is a difficult one with no ideal options.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Quotidian Miracle
The Eucharist is bigger than we are. Do you see what I mean? It’s bigger than understanding.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
To Willamette Week: Dump Backpage
Surely having no classified advertising is better than buying services from a company that has embraced the slavery and exploitation of women and children.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
'A great sense of peace'
ROME —  Being here in Rome for the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus is something I never imagined I would experience in my lifetime. In the nearly 500 years since the founding of the Jesuits in 1540, we have only had this kind of meeting of all provincials and other elected delegates 35 times. Our main purpose at this 36th General Congregation was to elect a new superior general and also to discuss how the Society can address the signs of our times.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Family takes priority
As a church, we recognize the sovereignty nations have over their borders. But we can’t remain silent when immigration enforcement tears families apart. Some things are more sacred than bureaucracy.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Stark statistics and hopeful responses

To address the bishops of the U.S. mission dioceses on the topic "Economic Structures and Poverty," I spent a month poring over 300 pages of articles and reports, and I ended up reconnecting myself to some stark statistics and opening my eyes to some needed responses by us as a society.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Parish community and the spiritual life
There are two things to remember about your spiritual life: 1) It extends way beyond your prayer life to the way you treat others, the way you spend your money, the way you maintain your self-respect and even to your politics; 2) It also includes the way you relate to God through your local parish.
Monday, October 17, 2016
A lesson more than a century in the making

One of the great things about living in a digital world is that media doesn't have to be mass in order to be affordable.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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