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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

Trust one another

We’re not suggesting that you stop watching Fox or MSNBC, or that you stop supporting or opposing President Trump’s policies. We are saying that self-expression should be from a place of love.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Lean in to Lent
Hello. My name is Heather. And I have a problem with Lent.
Before you sharpen your pencils to compose a blistering letter to our esteemed editor recounting my heresies, I humbly implore you to please hear me out.

Monday, March 20, 2017
The lingering bonds of our most important friendships

Best friendships like those are the ones we most often take for granted. We treat them that way not because we don't care enough, but because we care so much we can't imagine a time when that friendship will be any less or -- even more unimaginable -- no longer exist.


Sunday, March 19, 2017
Religious freedom: A partisan issue?

The real basis for such attacks is the rise of what Mary Eberstadt's recent book, "It's Dangerous to Believe," calls a new faith: "a quasi-religious faith in the developing secularist catechism about the sexual revolution."


Saturday, March 18, 2017
A look at St. Patrick's Day
MILWAUKIE — On March 17, many Christians celebrate the feast day of St. Patrick. America first started to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 1762. But this holiday has been commemorated for thousands of years.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Nations, like persons, must learn how to forgive
Among the many things that President Donald Trump might learn from President Abraham Lincoln is the wisdom of national forgiveness. National forgiveness is something for which we tend not to pray. Personal forgiveness is quite another story. We pray for that all the time.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
'Do not be afraid'

Our nation, thanks be to God, was founded on the principle that on these shores people are free to worship and practice faith as they see fit. Many of our forebears fought and died for that liberty. We certainly won’t let a few paranoid jugheads scuttle it.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
What millennials want
Think of your favorite high school teacher, in retrospect. Chances are, it was the no-nonsense, old-school curmudgeon who really stood for something, not the mercurial young scholar desperately weaving through cultural traffic in hope of being relevant. It turns out the same goes for churches.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
From the Archives
The Church’s institutions of worship, of charity, of education are flourishing. The only enemy we have to fear— but this is po­tent — is lethargy.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
From the Archives
"The ‘Churchman’ whines like a well-spanked school-boy."
Monday, March 6, 2017
Faith in the workplace

Faith at work within you is one thing; faith in you at work is something else again. There can be a gap between practicing one's religious faith (being an "observant Jew," a "practicing Catholic") and living it.


Saturday, March 4, 2017
Death penalty hard on state workers
When we have a death penalty in Oregon, employees of the state become intimately involved in any execution.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Novena for world peace
In this time of trouble, perhaps all Catholics can do is pray. And as the formation of the church can attest, prayer is a powerful tool.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
'Forgiveness is a process'
In marriage, more than any other relationship I’ve had, there are seemingly constant opportunities to seek and extend forgiveness.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Give parents choice
We are heartened that the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education is open to expanding access to private schools. Sadly, many who are zealous for “choice” when it comes to abortion are decidedly against it when it comes to where children can be educated.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Give kids a fighting chance
Poverty makes a childhood anything but serene. When housing is in flux, nutritious, brain-fueling food scarce and their parents’ stress palpable, not only is a child’s joy often squelched, but their future is also dimmed.
Friday, February 24, 2017
From the Archives
That their profession is utterly dishonest and only a mask for anti-Catholic prejudices is seen from the fact that the bill still allows state aid to all private institutions except those conducted under church control. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Facing the challenges of our own age
As a nation, our communities are stronger and more vibrant when we embrace and honor a robust pluralism. It's not about conservative or liberal, moderate or independent; it's not whether you worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, shrine or none of the above.
Monday, February 20, 2017
The Johnson Amendment
At the National Prayer Breakfast this month, President Donald Trump promised to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment "and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." I must confess that, on the list of things I hope the new administration will accomplish this year, this one is fairly far down.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Love and mercy in politics
Catholics advancing social justice sometimes wonder: Will my efforts have a lasting impact? Am I building God's kingdom or will all of this be wiped away?
Tuesday, February 14, 2017


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