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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

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
'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
Story of a priest

Holy Cross Father Edward A. "Monk" Malloy has just produced Volume 3 of his three-part memoir "Monk's Tale." This book is a chronological tour of his 18-year presidency of the University of Notre Dame. The first two volumes traced his life from birth through schooling on to seminary and ordination up to his presidential years.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
An age of 'anything goes'

Within us are three God-given virtues meant to govern our conscience: truth, justice and goodness. To know how deeply imbedded they are, all we need to experience are the consequences when they are violated.

Friday, October 14, 2016
From the Archives
A six-bedroom house, furnish­ings and food are ready, reports Father Charles Taaffe, pastor of Salem’s St. Edward Parish.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Let's sing a new song
Kaepernick and his followers have a point, and wisdom suggests hat the NFL and all supporters of football, baseball and all other such gatherings where we sing to give tribute to our country, change the song from the anthem to our beloved "God Bless America" and even bow heads or kneel when it singing it.
Monday, October 10, 2016
No to assisted suicide in nation's capital
In early October, less than a week after September's National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month concluded, the District of Columbia City Council's Committee on Health and Human Services may move forward on a bill that could legalize physician-assisted suicide in the nation's capital.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Fair trade a way to love, show mercy

Fair trade is a market-based approach to fighting poverty. That means that it only works when people actually buy the stuff. Make sure you’re holding up your end of the bargain during October.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
When people throw shade on your Jesus shine
I pray for the grace to restrain myself from smacking a person when he or she throws shade upon my Jesus shine. Because it’s still there, friends. I know it’s there. It’s always there. So long as I choose to show it.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Poverty still a concern
And of course, the gospel calls us to remember, help and form community with people who are poor. There are opportunities right in front of us.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Bullying: Compassion for all
There’s a more serious worry to be aware of — bullying. School can be torture for children who get targeted.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Freedom to serve
Most of the authors instead paint a zero-sum world, where anti-discrimination laws are "of pre-eminent importance" and where religious exemptions from such statutes are seen to "significantly infringe upon" civil rights.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'

There was Pope Francis, clad in the typical hospital green scrubs, with a mask as well, visiting the newborn section of an Italian hospital, including the intensive care unit where five little ones struggled for survival due to early births or other complications.

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Scammed no more!
Seems hacking is really making the rounds, and falling victim to these and other ploys to get us to part with our money and technology is not something that only happens to folks we hear about in news stories.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Don't mess with Mother Nature
Catholic children learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (seven each) about the same time they learn the seven sacraments. Most of them come directly from the Gospel, especially from the description of the last judgment. They include feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, for example, as well as admonishing sinners and bearing wrongs patiently.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Little choices make a big difference

Car manuals say the dashboard's oil light may stay on for a few seconds after you start the engine. But mine had been lit up for longer than that as I sat in the driveway.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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