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Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

| Father Robert Barron | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

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The Church in Russia: hope for the future

The Church in Russia: hope for the future

| Nick Hagen | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am witness to an underreported reality in Russia that is much deeper and more fascinating than any political situation.

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Transgender persons, human dignity and our response

Transgender persons, human dignity and our response

| Jason Adkins | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

This past summer, Time Magazine had a cover story called “The Next Civil Rights Revolution,” chronicling the movement to create legal mandates for the accommodation of persons who either identify as transgender or who refuse to identify as male or female altogether.

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Sharing the truth with others requires love, compassion

Sharing the truth with others requires love, compassion

| Father James Liekhus | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is a debate taking place in our society over the very nature of the human person. This debate manifests itself in many ways, most recently in the definition of marriage and in our sexual identity as male and female. As Catholics, it is important that we understand the truth that the Church teaches about our human nature so that we can share this truth with others, doing so always with love and compassion.

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Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods

Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods

| Jason Adkins | September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Throughout history, Christians have often felt like outsiders even within their own nations. In appearance, they may seem indistinguishable from those around them, but their mode of being is different, often times conflicting with the mainstream culture.

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‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

| Father Robert Barron | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

What makes the society in “The Giver” most like contemporary Europe is the forgetfulness of Christianity. The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own.

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The 20-something decorator: creating beauty at home

The 20-something decorator: creating beauty at home

| Christina Capecchi | September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Decorating is not just an exercise in aesthetics, but in awareness and gratitude, an attempt to create a little beauty in the place where you hang your key, lay your head and stack your dishes.

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The marginalized include those with mental illness

The marginalized include those with mental illness

| Deacon Jim Marschall | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

The recent death of actor Robin Williams has drawn attention to the tragedy of mental illness and suicide, but I fear that as weeks pass, it is slipping quietly from our consciousness.

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Back to school and starting over

Back to school and starting over

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

While it’s hard to say goodbye to my family’s more relaxed summertime state of being, I love the implicit promise of the new school year. It’s a reminder that there are always fresh beginnings in life, that we don’t have to stay fixed in one place.

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Women feel same ache as salvation’s matriarchs

Women feel same ache as salvation’s matriarchs

| Denise Bossert | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

I had a glimpse into the matriarchs of salvation’s history that I had never had. They had no reason to believe they would ever hear their own child’s first cry — except a faint hope that remained in the deepest, most hidden part of their hearts.

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Let us remember what Labor Day is about

Let us remember what Labor Day is about

| Pete Sheehan | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Once, as a kid, I asked my dad: “Why do they call it ‘Labor Day’ when everyone is off work?”

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Border children and a consistent ethic of life

Border children and a consistent ethic of life

| Jason Adkins | August 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

The humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border has become a major issue in the public discourse. It has generated a heated political debate that has sometimes obscured the human face of the problem and the actual needs of the unaccompanied minors.

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