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  • Coming full circle: Storybooks to spirituality

    My first love was literature, novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize poetry and loved the exercise. High school introduced me to more serious literature, Shakespeare, Kipling, Keats, Wordsworth, Browning.
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  • Pentecost and you

    We celebrate the birthday of the church on Pentecost Sunday 50 days after Easter. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, and transformed them from the frightened men they had become after the crucifixion, into the courageous apostles of Jesus Christ, who fearlessly faced martyrdom.
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  • Doping athletes

    The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports but also raises broader ethical issues and concerns.
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  • The Ascension of the Lord

    When Jesus was taken up to heaven and took his seat at the right hand of the Father, some may think that he abandoned his disciples.
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  • An extraordinary book

    Dorothy Day is alleged to have said: “Don’t call me a saint; I don’t want to be dismissed that easily!”
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  • Reformation at 500: Year of unparalleled opportunity

    In his new book “Martin Luther: An Ecumenical Perspective,” Cardinal Walter Kasper notes that our ideas about Martin Luther have undergone transformations in a number of ways over the past 500 years. Historically, for Catholics, Luther was the church father of Protestantism, the heretic to blame for the division of the Western Church.
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  • The face of the Father

    Is Peter speaking to all Christians when he exhorts his readers to be built up into a holy priesthood, or is he addressing himself only to “the priests” of the church? And what is priesthood all about anyway?
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  • A girl called ‘Resurrection’

    In the 1980s I lived and worked at a Catholic Mission situated about an hour’s drive northwest of Pretoria, South Africa. Along with eight other Sisters of Mercy, I lived in a village of about 40,000 Tswana people.
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  • The way, the truth and the life

    The Road to Emmaus, seven miles and 50 paces from Jerusalem, is the Road to Faith in the Risen Lord Jesus, Who is signified by the eighth mile, having inaugurated the Eighth Day of Creation by His Resurrection.
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  • 500 years of misunderstanding

    The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history.
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  • Seminary concerns

    Thank you for including my letter asking about the plans for the seminary in the issue for April 6. I worked many years there in the archives and the library, and because of the recent turbulence, I am concerned about its future.
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  • Shock and disappointment

    What a shock and disappointment to see Jerry Heckert’s letter (“Shocking photo,” March 23).
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  • Commitment to mission will save church

    The April 5 Catholic San Francisco included a front-page article suggesting church leadership is a joint effort (“Church leadership a joint effort”).
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  • Let’s not make a deal … at least this deal

    Helping those who have broken away from the Catholic Church come back into full communion is a noble endeavor. But such reconciliations cannot be conducted as if they were the ecclesiastical equivalent of labor negotiations: You give a bit here, we’ll give a bit there.
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  • Refugee crisis: Meaning in the face of suffering

    In recent decades the forced movement of refugees and internally displaced persons has been rising markedly, reaching 67 million displaced people today. This is higher than at any time since World War II.
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  • The ethics of new age medicine

    Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few.
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  • Archbishop Cordileone’s Easter message

    Easter is the high point of the church year, the culmination of the saving mysteries that Jesus has embodied.
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  • A nation nurtured, enriched by immigrants

    On the hot issue of immigration, these are my thoughts and feelings: Immigrants come from India, Mexico, Malaysia, Indochina, Guatemala, Rwanda, Asia, Africa, Australia, Nicaragua, Tanzania and South America, and they nurture and enrich their adopted country, the USA.
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  • The empty tomb

    Believers and nonbelievers alike have been arguing about the resurrection since the day Jesus rose. What really happened? How was he raised from the dead?
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  • The power of the cross

    Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) – a theologian who came to prominence in the Victorian age – can help us check the church’s spiritual pulse in the postmodern 21st century, thanks to his prescient sense of the deep cultural currents shaping (and warping) Western civilization. Thus on Aug. 26, 1832, Newman preached a sermon, “The Religion of the Day,” that bears reflection during Holy Week 2017:
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