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Maria Andrukhiv lights a candle to say a prayer at St. Irene Church in Portland in 2005.
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Maria Andrukhiv lights a candle to say a prayer at St. Irene Church in Portland in 2005.

St. John Paul II said the church breathes with both its lungs. By this, he meant the Western and Eastern Catholic traditions. The majority of Catholics the world over are Western or Latin rite, or “Roman Catholics.” However, there are 23 particular Eastern churches in full communion with the pope.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand tears
Having those pictures reminded me that everything wasn’t hard all the time. That sometimes we really like one another. That sometimes we can have fun together. That sometimes we are all pretty happy, even if we can’t look at the camera at the same time.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The blessing of berries

I still have a lot to learn in this life, but I feel blessed to be given these brief moments when I can truly appreciate things like the dirt, the juice from a deliciously-ripe berry and the joy of a child.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Insonsistent thought
We applaud health coverage for young undocumented immigrants. They need the help. Now we demand the same respect for the utterly distinctive and vulnerable human beings — who have unique DNA just hours after conception.
Monday, July 17, 2017
The company of good people

St. Bonaventure says, in his little treatise "Bringing Forth Christ," "Seek the company of good people. If you share their company, you will also share their virtue." With this thought in mind, we used to pay close attention to who our children's friends were.

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Crossing the aisle
On a flight to Washington, D.C., the woman next to me was jubilant over getting married. However, when she told me about her first husband, I was stunned.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
A closer look at death row

The day that Matt Puckett was executed by the state of Mississippi, I was caught in an emotional conundrum.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Making suicide routine
You would not know it from the national secular news, but a lot is happening on the contentious issue of physician-assisted suicide.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
From the Archives
Next morning he repaired to our humble Chapel where he offered up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at his usual early hour.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Finding out: Is it even possible?
What joy to be fully known. But what joy, too, to discover all along who God is calling us to be.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
My life as refugee
We sought love for so long, the real love, the love of God. Here you are.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Was that a sin?
They were so honest and open and unadorned and not defensive and quietly haunted by what they dimly but truly knew to be small failures of honesty and mercy that I wanted to cup their faces in my hands and kiss their foreheads and hug them with all my might for their grace and character.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The 2018 synod and the imperative of really listening to Hispanic youth
The wheels have been in motion for more than a year in preparation for the October 2018 synod. Bishops, observers and other voices from around the world will gather to reflect about "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." This is definitely a most timely conversation.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Grateful for monasteries
Monasteries are among the most important places in Oregon. Few other institutions do so much good.     


Sunday, July 2, 2017
Better coverage of Islam
Catholics who read Catholic media have a worse view of Islam than those who read secular news.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
What would you share with Pope Francis?
Friday, June 30, 2017
What is a Catholic voter to do?
Getting into a political discussion in Washington these days is about as hard as finding a Fighting Irish fan at a Notre Dame football game. In the era of Trump — where those who dislike the president are as obsessed about him as his strongest supporters — the real challenge is extricating oneself from one.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Open your ears to others

My grandfather used to say that "God granted us two ears and one mouth, so we need to listen twice as much as we talk." Through his interactions with others, he showed that listening can be an act of selfless love because it shows that you want to understand those around you, that you genuinely care.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Are we (really) listening?
I always hope to have a real-world example to go along with the subject I write about in this column. As I type this, I am alternating between the need to laugh and the temptation to cry (or, at least, furl my brow and shake my head).
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Calling God our Father
Our last 11 grandchildren in a row have been girls, so I've gotten careful about asserting claims of male prerogative. But this Father's Day got me thinking about how we talk to God. Pope Francis recently reminded us, in one of his general audiences, that "when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he taught them to call God Our Father."
Monday, June 26, 2017
Looking up and raising up

After the rain, I checked my garden and found everything I planted had jumped up significantly. Not only did I jump with joy, but I took a second look at the word "up" to learn why it often connotes delight.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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