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Accepting help from others

By accepting help, we recognize that we cannot do it alone. That we need God to guide us, to help us when we most need it. We open ourselves to receiving mercy.


Monday, January 16, 2017

The right to ride

In contrast to education or health care, few think of transportation as a basic human right. But the ability to get from one place to another became an essential part of daily life as soon as farming ceased to be the way most people made a living.


Sunday, January 15, 2017
Making St. Valentine's Day a year-round commitment

I wasn't surprised this year when the Valentine's Day candy was on store shelves only days after the Christmas candy had been there.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
The line between trust and neglect

Every now and then, I spend a few hours with about 60 high school boys and girls and their parents listening to them talk about better parent-teen communication regarding sex, alcohol and drugs. The question for parents that keeps popping into my mind as I listen to both sides speak is: "Where does trust end and neglect begin?"


Friday, January 13, 2017
And still they freeze
And still, people are freezing. When we hear the stories of the victims, we realize that this tragedy comes not from lack of shelter, but from our failure to adequately address mental illness and addiction.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Accepting yourself as God does
Perfectionists are often exhausted. They don't know how to relax. It's important to realize that being perfect is not as important as being at peace with who you are.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
What we pray for in 2017
Perhaps the Holy Spirit was at work when Pope Francis declared the Year of Mercy for what would become a period that would be marked by selfishness, fear, greed and brutality. Amid the cycles of depressing news, the church has been a beacon of hope.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Changing and changeless in 2017
From Archbishop Sheen: "You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want. Change the focus. Get a new center. Will what God wills, and your joy no man shall take from you."
Monday, January 9, 2017
Hell for 75 cents

I don't remember what I said as we walked to the car, but I probably remarked on her honesty. "Well," said my mom, "I don't want to go to hell for 75 cents."


Saturday, January 7, 2017
A tranquilizing crisis

The children's Christmas Mass was packed. In past years, it exuded busyness: children putting on a pageant, proud parents and grandparents watching and music abounding. Not so this year! What changed was a power outage that left the church in darkness, the organ without power and everyone without heat.


Friday, January 6, 2017
God's call to the 'far country' to heal race relations

The news story focused on two Macon, Georgia, churches -- one black, one white -- both established in the 19th century within walking distance of each other and with almost identical names. First Baptist Church of Christ is predominately white, while First Baptist Church's congregants are black.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Live long and read!

If the winter days seem dingy and drab, I have a suggestion to perk things up: Read a book!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The impossibility of being simultaneously grateful and unhappy

There is no way of measuring the discontent that lies hidden beneath the lights and festive happenings of Christmas and New Year's. No need to try.


Monday, January 2, 2017
Start the year by forgiving

As we start the year and try to offer our hopes and challenges to God, I have been reflecting on how important it is to give and receive forgiveness.


Sunday, January 1, 2017
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Fully pro-life, fully just
Let’s make 2017 the year Catholics show western Oregon how to be fully pro-life and fully just. It’s the Catholic way. We stand up for the vulnerable, casting aside incoherent political platforms.
Friday, December 30, 2016
From the Archives - 1937
To the student of history it is in­congruous, and to the Cath­olic not without a touch of bitterness that in our own day and age Russian Communism should make its lying ap­peal to the weak, the under-privileged and the oppressed by holding before them an illusory paradise at the very moment it attacks the Church, the only certain guide to the Paradise for which man was made.

Friday, December 30, 2016
Finding joy amid hypersensitivity
It's still the Christmas season. It begins on Dec. 25; it does not end then. How dreary would be the world if you couldn’t say, “Merry Christmas!” It would be as dreary as if you could not say, “Virginia.”
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Opportunity for growth
A study released in September by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 24.8 percent of all Americans have no religious affiliation.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Resolution: Love your body
SALEM — From a standpoint of social justice, I believe we are called to love our bodies. I’m not talking about vanity — when one exalts oneself above God or others on the basis of image; love is never selfish. I’m talking about positive self-image.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Happy New Year!
Why is it important that we live our lives liturgically? To put it simply: Living on liturgical time helps us to orient every aspect of our lives toward God.
Monday, December 26, 2016


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