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There is no way to say thanks too often

The Greek word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. We would be pardoned if we thought it is a religious word only since that is how we use it. But it is an

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The Lord’s Prayer in our own words

When we pray, we usually use formula prayers, those we have recited since childhood, using another’s words, like the Hail Mary. When we mature to a personal relation with Mary

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The press is not the enemy of the people

Recently a nationwide effort of at least 350 newspaper editors joined to write support statements of the print media, contending that they are under assault and in danger of losing

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A dream of the end of poverty in America

Martin Luther King had a dream so famous broadcasters show the now grainy film clip of his speech every anniversary of his birth and assassination. I too have a dream

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Church changes began in the early years of Christianity

Something that frustrates Catholic conservatives is church changes. How can even popes change what Jesus left us, let alone activist priests, sisters and parishioners? Fifty years after the close of

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Initiation into a lifelong practice of discipleship

It used to be the Epiphany (shining forth of light) that closed out the Christmas season, 40 days after Christ’s birth. Lent gets as many. The Wise Men came from

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Racial discrimination both irrational and immoral

The teachers’ magazines and psychology journals narrate the experiment a fifth grade teacher in California did several years ago to convincingly teach the volatile subject of human dignity. In her

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Nations should exist to make life better for all

The chasm grows wider. Being a believing American while staying a believing Christian gets harder. Most say that the whole purpose of the economy and of the government itself is

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Pope Francis and the free market

How do you feel about this statement concerning big, national economies and how nations do business? “[S]ome people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by

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The Holy Family and true ownership of things

We recently saw here how the Lord’s Prayer showed the Lord’s proud attachment to his Jewish roots. We did this with the hope that any and all anti-Semitic prejudices and