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  • Your New Year’s resolution

    One of the best ways to be faithful to the Lord is to take him at his word: “Be not afraid.” This is a call to courage.
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  • Family history fills this Christmas tree

    In magazines and on television, Christmas trees are tall, symmetrical and tastefully decorated, using just the right amount of restraint. Sets of ornaments are distributed evenly and garland perfectly draped.
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  • Local Daughters of St. Paul are praying for a miracle

    Since 1966, the Daughters of St. Paul have maintained a bookstore in the Bay Area where their ministry is evangelization through the media. Currently, Pauline Books & Media in Redwood City is the only Catholic bookstore in the Bay Area run by the order.
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  • Pope: Church must strive to embrace people with disabilities

    We know the great development that throughout recent decades has taken place in relation to disability. The growth in awareness of the dignity of every person, especially the weakest, has led to courageous positions being taken for the inclusion of those who live with various forms of handicap, so that no one need feel like an outsider in their own home.
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  • Join the revolution of tenderness

    TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver. In his nearly 20 minute talk, our Holy Father challenged his listeners to ignite a much-needed revolution of tenderness in our world.
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  • Advent’s call to wait in joyful hope

    The holiday season is upon us once again! That means we’ll soon be buying gifts, decorating the tree, and maybe attending a Christmas party or two.
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  • Celebrating World Fisheries Day

    It seems like yesterday that World Fisheries day was established in New Delhi, India. It seems like yesterday that I shared the excitement with fishermen from around the world in forming our organization – The World Forum of Fish Workers and Fish Harvesters.
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  • Handling the holidays when you’re hurting

    Many people are filled with joyful anticipation and festive good cheer at this time of the year. But some are filled with anxiety and dread, and wish to get the holidays over with as quickly as possible.
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  • Keep peace during holiday gatherings

    The holiday season is a hectic time for many people, due to the preparations and festivities that typically take place. Staying sane, not to mention enjoying this time of the year, is even more of a challenge for those who don’t get along well with their extended family.
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  • Private conscience and the church

    The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen explained that there are two kinds of truths: “Outer truths, which we master, like the distance of the sun from the earth; and inner truths, which master us; for example: God is merciful to the penitent. Inner truths affect a person’s destiny, like a vocational calling; they are matters of conscience.”
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  • Where does the statue controversy end?

    The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously Oct. 2 to consider the removal of the “Early Days” sculpture of the Pioneer Monument near Civic Center.
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  • Residents return home: There isn’t one

    The end is not the real end in the story of any tragedy when “good persons” are left behind.
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  • Seeing the presence of God with CRS in Tanzania

    I feel so blessed to have been part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation that visited Tanzania at the end of August this year. For the past four years I have been promoting CRS programs for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, from Rice Bowl to Fair Trade products, disaster relief and breaking the cycle of poverty overseas.
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  • La Madonna del Lume: Our Most Holy Mother of Light

    Since a very young age, I have been blessed to be a part of the beautiful tradition of celebrating La Madonna del Lume, Our Most Holy Mother of Light, each year in San Francisco.
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  • What’s next for US-Vatican relations in a post-American world?

    The ecclesial gap between the pope and the United States is going to be as persistent as the geopolitical one – perhaps even more. There is a clear and undeniable rift between the Vatican and the Trump administration on a long series of issues.
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  • Ending one’s life in New Zealand

    This is an excerpt from the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ submission to a government inquiry on public attitudes toward the introduction of legislation to permit medically assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or irreversible condition.
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  • California’s End of Life Option Act: ‘Ominous’ signs

    In the first seven months after California’s new physician-assisted suicide law went into effect, 111 Californians legally committed suicide with state approval.
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  • Coping with anxiety and depression

    Anxiety and depression are common problems today. A sense of isolation tends to heighten these problems, yet it seems the more advanced society becomes, the more it is a challenge for people to stay connected in meaningful ways.
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  • Let’s encourage the elders in our church

    I recently participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of this large, unprecedented encounter between U.S. bishops and laity was to study what Pope Francis has termed the “new peripheries” and to form missionary disciples.
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  • Why pray the rosary?

    More than a century ago a proud university student boarded a train in France and sat next to an older man who seemed to be a peasant of comfortable means. The brash student noticed that the older gentleman was slipping beads through his fingers. He was praying the rosary.
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