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Responding to the Unborn

Being in the third trimester of pregnancy encourages all sorts of people – friends, acquaintances, strangers – to share their advice and good wishes.  It’s wonderful to see how excited people become at the thought of a new baby in the world, but there is one comment shared quite frequently that has given me pause. When I say that we do not know if our baby is a boy or a girl, the typical response is, “As long as you have a healthy baby … that’s all that matters.” This sentiment has been expressed to …

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“Make Sure You Tell The Whole Story”

On September 8 – 21, 2013, Dr. Michael Gable, Director, Mission Office, Ms. Melonise Knight, Dr. Jessie Thomas, Ms. Barbara Wuest, Mrs. Donna Goddard, Mrs. Nor-Rita Winters, and I traveled to Ghana, West Africa on a mission trip.  This trip was very important for me because it allowed me to fulfill a promise I had made to my friend and mentor, the late Rev. Paul Rehling. It would be very easy for me to describe the wonderful people I met: Most Rev. Gabriel Mante – Diocese of Jasikan, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene – Diocese of …

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“The Poor You Will Always Have:” It’s Not A Prediction!

If I hear one more person take the phrase “The poor you will always have with you” out of context (almost always as an excuse to avoid asking the hard questions about poverty), I may have to scream. I have heard this statement used countless times as Jesus’ prediction of the state of the world. The poor will always and forever be here, so don’t worry about trying to eliminate poverty. It’s clearly God’s will.  Jesus said so. NO, HE DIDN’T!!!!! Please, read the entire sentence. What Jesus in Matthew 26: 11 said is, “The …

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The Culture “Wars”

Recently, I came across a phrase that captures nearly perfectly for me where I am in the religious/political discussions of these days. Several years ago I was part of a planning committee for the Annual Meeting of NCCL, an organization of diocesan and parish catechetical leaders. One of the names suggested for possible speakers was Cathleen Kaveny, whom I knew at the time through her columns in Commonweal magazine. I contacted her at the University of Notre Dame; we had a conversation about possible topics; I agreed to get back with her soon. Much to …

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Guns, Life and Newtown

It was in the late morning on Friday, Dec 14 when I first saw news of a school shooting in Connecticut.  I’d been helping our fourth graders make gingerbread houses and I knew I had a lot of work waiting for me, so I avoided it for a couple hours, but the headlines kept piling up, and so about noon I turned on the radio news and for the rest of the day I was pretty much useless.  I tried to work.  I tried to compose emails, do some writing, put together ideas for upcoming …

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