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Viewpoint: A resurrected vision for our suffering world

April 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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Although it is Easter season, for much of the world it still feels like Good Friday.

Countless people throughout the world continue to carry painfully heavy crosses – crosses overwhelming due to man’s inhumanity to man.

Sin, which starts in each individual human heart, if not repented of, joins with the sins of many, forming a collective critical mass of sin which leads to the building of what St. John Paul called the “structures of sin.” Read more »

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Viewpoint: Support famine relief, increased aid to war-torn South Sudan

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People are beginning to starve to death in South Sudan.

The United Nations has formally declared that a state of famine exists in this east African nation, with 100,000 people immediately facing starvation, and 1 million additional South Sudanese teetering on the brink of famine. Read more »

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Commentary — Marching for Life is not enough

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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What a sight! Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.

As I write, I am a just one day away from marching with and viewing that sea of people once again. It’s always a moral and spiritual shot-in-the-arm for me.

But good as they are, the Washington “March for Life” (Jan. 27), the “Walk for Life West Coast” (Jan. 21), the “Midwest March for Life” (Feb. 4) and dozens of similar events at state capitols throughout the U.S., they are not enough. Read more »

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Commentary: A king’s advice to a president

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I believe it is no mere coincidence that the U.S. national holiday celebrating the inspiring life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 16) is within the same week as the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump.   

I believe a king has wise and holy advice for the president. Read more »

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Commentary: Reflecting on the pope’s 2017 World Day of Peace message

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“May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life.” This statement written by Pope Francis in his Jan. 1 World Day of Peace message – the 50th annual papal peace message to the world – extols nonviolence as an essential and nonnegotiable key to true and lasting peace.

In his peace message titled “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace,” the Holy Father says, “When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolent peacemaking. Read more »

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Longing for Christmas peace in the Holy Land

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During this wonderful time of the year, when Christians throughout the world focus minds and hearts on the coming of God upon the earth as one of us, our attention naturally turns to the place where the incarnation occurred.

While all the Earth is a holy creation of the almighty, Bethlehem and the surrounding lands that Jesus walked upon, taught upon, miraculously acted upon, suffered and died upon, and gloriously resurrected upon are uniquely holy and thus deserving of the title Holy Land.

In the Holy Land the Prince of Peace taught humanity the way to true peace.     Read more »

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Voting is over, now the hard work begins

November 17th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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For those of us using the Gospel and Catholic social teaching as our voting guide, choosing between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates was an absolute dilemma.     Read more »

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The world needs more saints

November 3rd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

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Most likely you are reading this shortly before the U.S. presidential election.

America’s next leader will have the means at hand to do tremendous good or tremendous harm.

The new president-elect of the United States will have many opportunities to purposefully move forward policies and legislation that can make not only the U.S., but the world a far better place. Read more »

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Viewpoint: The Way of the Cross continues

February 11th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

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In his strong identification with the poor and vulnerable, Jesus makes it perfectly clear that when we meet the needs of these least brothers and sisters, we are ultimately serving him. And when we – as individuals, churches, states and nations – do not adequately meet the needs of the down-trodden, we have failed to do good to Jesus.

With so many countless fellow human beings needlessly suffering, Jesus’ own suffering continues on to this very day – in them and with them. Read more »

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Commentary: Make 2016 a year to mend the faults in our culture

January 7th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

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The world is a wonderful place. Our God is so good in giving it to us. But to a large extent, we have not taken good care of it, nor of each other.

We have polluted the water, fouled the air and are dangerously changing the climate.

The breakdown of the family, the redefining of traditional marriage, global poverty, hunger, homelessness, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, the arms trade, nuclear weapons, astronomical military budgets, human trafficking, corporate greed, murder and the mass murder of war are also among the critical illnesses humanity has inflicted upon itself.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read more »

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