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  • The Me’s
    I give you two unassuming adolescents whose antics might otherwise fall under the sphere of nothingness but for the fact that I am now mentioning it.

    Steve and I were in seventh grade. These days we are in the 58th grade, the second semester.
  • Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none.
  • Trapped in the self
    Explaining the Sign of the Cross, Msgr. Ronald Knox used to say that its vertical gesture spells “I” — and its second gesture crosses that out.
  • SOS for catechists in this time of pandemic
    Nearly 11 million job opportunities remain unfilled in the United States of America. Take a stroll through downtown in your city or town; maybe walk by a small business or a factory. The ubiquitous "Help Wanted" sign is everywhere.
  • All for nothing?
    Trying to stabilize Afghanistan since 2001 was all for nothing.
  • Mr. President, it’s not a matter of belief. It’s a matter of well established science that human life begins at conception.
  • Glenn’s simple life
    In the late 1970’s, Stan worked as a projectionist at the Lyric Theater in downtown Salem, showing classic black and white film noir. His assistant was a diminutive middle-aged man named Glenn who always began and ended his brief sentences in a timid chuckle.
  • What I learned about faith and racial equity
    The JustFaith program did open my eyes and disrupt my comfortable ignorance. It made clear that racism is a shared problem, not just “their” problem.
  • The first things I saw with my new glasses
    Each time I sat down to read after age 44, the more I had to long-arm the material. I decided I needed reading glasses.
  • Mostly, we are a nation of moderates who mistrust zealots. Today, we must harness and focus sensibility so it wins the day over fanaticism. Average people, unite to take back your country. Your motto might be, “Aw, come on now!”
  • So, to all pro-life advocates out there praying in front of abortion clinics, your work is sadly not done. We have little to no hope of legally ending abortion here in Oregon. The only path we have is to change hearts and minds.
  • Keep giving us news and a chance to comment
    As Fr. Z might say, it is all happy gas.
  • Was it good that the United States and its allies fought a 20 year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan? Was all of the blood, sweat and tears worth it?
  • Digital version of Sentinel became a pastoral tool
    Unsure of Father Gary’s current circumstances, I thought to search the Sentinel online while on the phone.
  • Grateful to the Blessed Mother
    Amid the pandemic, natural disasters, wars, unemployment and the future of our children’s education, we may wonder why God has abandoned us.

    He hasn’t.
  • Judge not
    Some Catholics may need a periodic reminder that small families are not synonymous with bad or poorly catechized Catholics.

  • The wisdom of ignoring
    There is no civil war starting in Portland. Despite what extremists say, we are largely a city of moderates with pretty good sense. Now we just need the prudence to know when to speak up and when to look the other way.
  • The moral analysis of boxing
    In 1996 when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame on international television, the issue of sports-induced brain damage was raised to new prominence. One of the greatest boxers in history, his evident frailty and overt Parkinson’s tremors led many to question the sport of boxing and its future.
  • Not yet, but must be
    Many of us became motivated to act in specific areas — eliminating the death penalty, ending cash bail, campaigning for expungements, etc. We support each other in those areas that we individually feel deeply motivated to pursue.
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