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A new perspective at Christmas

For a brief moment when we're born, we're the youngest person on the planet. Then, we grow older.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Archdiocese a gem in the crown of the church
At first glance (and perhaps even at further glances), Oregon may not seem the most hospitable place for the flourishing of religion. Often considered one of the most “unchurched” states in the union, many might think it downright hostile to religious sentiment and practice.
Friday, December 9, 2016
They showed us mercy

Basking in the glow of the Year of Mercy, we recall how often we learned about mercy from the men and women of religious communities.


Thursday, December 8, 2016
Reassure immigrants
We hope that every Catholic — of every political persuasion — will also take the time to reach out. Many of our neighbors and fellow parishioners are more vulnerable today than they were last month.
Tuesday, December 6, 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
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
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


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