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A healing balm for a wounded nation

A healing balm for a wounded nation

| Jason Adkins | November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

Much can and has been said about the most recent election, and much more will be said for years to come. What is undoubtedly true is that the election cycle exacerbated two powerful dynamics in American public life: the constant thirst for change as a reaction to a political system that does not seem to work for average Americans, and deepening vitriolic divisions between people.

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A cure for election overload, a quest for peace

A cure for election overload, a quest for peace

| Christina Capecchi | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s almost as if November’s Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for “perseverance” and “endurance” amid distress.

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The trouble with the ‘You Go Girl’ culture

The trouble with the ‘You Go Girl’ culture

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 9, 2016 | 10 Comments

Two recent films, “Deepwater Horizon” with Mark Wahlberg and “Sully” starring Tom Hanks, represent something of a breath of fresh air, for both movies feature men who are intelligent, virtuous and quietly heroic. If this strikes you as a banal observation, that just means you haven’t been following much of the popular culture for the past 20 years.

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What role are life issues playing in this year’s presidential election?

What role are life issues playing in this year’s presidential election?

| Kurt Jensen | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in June, Kristan Hawkins, who heads Students for Life, got a firsthand look at how this presidential election differs from all others when she participated in Donald Trump’s outreach meeting with evangelicals, which had only a few Catholics present.

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Knowing who we are, knowing what we’re supposed to do

Knowing who we are, knowing what we’re supposed to do

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This fall, I am giving presentations to all of the high school teachers, staff and administrators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These annual talks are dedicated to a regular cycle of topics. This year, the theme is morality. Lucky me! My guess is that disquisitions on doctrine or Church history or pastoral practice wouldn’t raise too many hackles, but ethics is practically guaranteed to rile people up, especially now when issues of same-sex marriage, transgenderism and assisted suicide are so present to the public consciousness.

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A father like St. Joseph

A father like St. Joseph

| Matthew James Christoff | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most Catholic fathers are “good dads” who work hard to provide their children’s necessities: shelter, food, education, etc. But in the baptism of their children, Catholic fathers vow to be great fathers — fathers who teach their children to know, love and serve Christ Jesus.

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Make voting ‘down ballot’ a top priority

Make voting ‘down ballot’ a top priority

| Shawn Peterson | October 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Over the past several months, many faithful Catholics have expressed deep dissatisfaction with this year’s presidential election, and understandably so: Neither major party candidate seems personally guided by a consistent ethic of life, and there are deep, concerning questions about the character of both.

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Listening at the keyholes: how to love better, learn more

Listening at the keyholes: how to love better, learn more

| Christina Capecchi | October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line. It worked, and they did, but in the process, they also picked up a far more exotic sound: powerful radio waves emitted from the sun.

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Archdiocese’s bankruptcy expenses explained

Archdiocese’s bankruptcy expenses explained

| Tom Mertens | October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bankruptcy is complicated and expensive. A Sept. 21 article in the Minneapolis StarTribune about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Reorganization efforts and how much it has cost since we filed in January 2015 painted an incomplete picture, and there are some items that need attention and clarification.

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Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two entire counties north of Los Angeles, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the trips easier, I have gotten back into the habit of listening to audio books. Just recently, I followed, with rapt attention, a book that I had read many years ago but which I had, I confess, largely forgotten: C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce.”

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Mother Teresa and conscience formation

Mother Teresa and conscience formation

| Mary Jane O'Brien | September 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

During election season, we hear a great deal about “following our consciences” and the need for conscience formation. The U.S. bishops offer their guide to faithful citizenship so that the principles of Catholic social teaching might inform our Election Day decisions, and a number of organizations similarly produce a range of voting guides.

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Delving into lectio divina

Delving into lectio divina

| Father Scott Carl | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

How vital it is to pray with Scripture. It is God’s word to us given at a particular time, but alive in us through the same Spirit that inspired it.

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