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A Marian place
The Archdiocese of Portland seems to have a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Friday, May 19, 2017

A gift to the pope

Each year on May 18, I bake a special Polish cake to celebrate the birthday of Karol Wojtyla. St. John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis three years ago. It was 12 years ago that I got this crazy idea to send Pope John Paul II a birthday gift.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
We hope for friendship
Oregon may be the right place to begin a revolution of Christian-Muslim respect.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Motherhood a (rocky) path to holiness
That’s what my children have done for me—they’ve pushed me to be a better human being, in spite of myself.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Thank a teacher

The financial piece is unmistakably there, and teachers — like many Catholic families — make a sacrifice to be part of a faith-filled academic community.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Never-ending parenting

I suppose the often-overlooked lesson for parents -- rookies, veterans and those at all stages in between -- is this: You never get caught up on your parenting.


Monday, May 15, 2017
Easter's joy to Pentecost's flame
During these 50 days of Easter joy, we also can look forward to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit strengthened the disciples so they could preach God's word without fear. What would you do if you let the Holy Spirit inspire you?
Sunday, May 14, 2017
'Amid the Fray': Dispatches from the front
I've been a Catholic all my life, if not always a good Catholic. I've been a parent for 28 years, if not always a good parent. I've been a husband for 34 years, if not always a good husband. Like you, I'll bet, I'm a work in progress.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Walking at their pace

I balance the laundry basket on my hip while coaxing a sleepy preschooler downstairs. He wants me to carry him. I explain that my hands are full. He crosses his arms and pouts. I ask him to come with me. He takes one stubborn step down the first stair and glares.


Thursday, May 11, 2017
From the Archives
A few months ago, His Excellency, Most Reverend Archbishop Howard, directed a group of the local clergy to undertake the work of outdoor “Street Preaching” in Portland. As a result this work has been and is being carried on and with very sat­isfactory results.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
He scatters the proud

Even by Oregon standards, what Kim Kardashian did around Easter is outrageous — not to mention vapid, exploitative and in poor taste.


Friday, May 5, 2017
A social advantage

Social scientists studying happiness have found, to no one’s surprise, that living in sunnier cities (sorry, Portland) with fewer rusting, empty factories (there you go, Portland) tend to make people happier. As does faith, which turns out to be measurably good for happiness.


Thursday, May 4, 2017
My cousin Maureen: Her light has not been extinguished
I believe that she is not extinguished, and that perhaps someday I will be sprawled again in some unimaginable lawn, and I will look up, and see her grin, and leap up with deep delight.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
In search of a new life
Shrouded in darkness, we sat in a circle as we fingered rosary beads, mouthing the forsaken words. Our knuckles were white, clenched tightly onto the rosaries as bombs sailed through the air. They would never kill us. No, prayer was more powerful.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Easter joy
Christ is risen! Death is conquered! As Christians, when Easter Sunday arrives, we finally understand just what makes Good Friday “good.” After a long Lent of self-denial, sacrifice, and hearing and reflecting on the sins of our fathers, we have come to the crux of the whole matter.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Church could lead way on climate fix
The church is large enough to move markets and policy if it operates in solidarity.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Appreciating the moment
Our planners and phones are filled to the brim with lists, tasks and meetings, yet how many of us schedule regular time for prayer? Or time with our spouse? Children? Friends? When is our appointed time for meaningful communion with God and neighbor?
Thursday, April 27, 2017
From the Archives
The train reaches the station of Mount Angel about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and at the sound of the whistle of the locomotive, the bells of the distant monastery commenced to chime, cannons thundered the joyous salute from the “Butte.”
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sarin and the Congress

Amid the general, bipartisan enthusiasm for the president's decision to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, I worry that we have lost sight of an important principle.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A fond farewell

This column is a "fond farewell" to those who have enjoyed my writing over the years. Writing a column is like putting a note in a bottle and tossing it into the river so it can float down and across the bay and out into the ocean. You never know whose shore it will wash up on.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The church's future
The glares from people in the congregation when a toddler starts screaming in the pew because his sister stole his Cheerio don’t help a family feel embraced by fellow churchgoers.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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