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  • Healing the loss of a loved one

    I lost my mother unexpectedly last November, after having lost my father after a long illness eight years earlier. My siblings and I suddenly found ourselves “orphans” as we marked our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without either of our parents. Now we are anticipating our first Mother’s Day without mom.
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  • An Easter blessing

    I wish you a Happy Easter, and I send you this blessing with my love and prayers.
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  • The message of Ash Wednesday

    What is the message of Ash Wednesday? What does the Liturgy of the Word for Ash Wednesday say to you about Lent and following Christ?
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  • Christ ‘enough to satisfy every heart’

    Each of us is called to be a disciple. We’re called to listen like disciples (Isaiah 50:4). “The Lord opened my ears that I may listen like a disciple. Morning after morning he wakes me to hear that I might learn from him how to offer a word of comfort to the weary.”
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  • Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

    This year’s theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”
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  • March for Life

    On Jan. 27, thousands of young Americans – including nearly 200 from the Diocese of Green Bay – will fill the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, holding signs and chanting slogans that proclaim a pro-life message.
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  • Pope: Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God

    VATICAN CITY – The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said.
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  • The three Masses of Christmas

    Our feast of Christmas came from a pagan observance which was Christianized. It is a pagan festival revisited.
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  • Hospice care a need in the Latino community

    As a hospice social worker I have had the privilege of being with patients during their final stages of their illness as part of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, home-health aides and chaplaincy support.
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  • Physician-assisted suicide prevention

    Much has happened on the assisted-suicide front. The California legislature went into an extraordinary session on health care and emerged with a bill legalizing physician assisted suicide.
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  • Give yourself the gift of time

    People who care for loved ones with frail health typically have a multitude of responsibilities: Shopping, running errands, paying bills among them. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone spend time with other important people in their life and tend to their own needs.
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  • St. Joseph in perspective

    During the Advent and Christmas seasons, St. Joseph holds a prominent place in the liturgical and historical celebrations.
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  • The best Christmas gift you’ll ever receive

    “If I knew things would no longer be, I would have tried to remember better.” That’s a line from the 1990 movie “Avalon,” which comes to mind every Christmas season because it’s a time of year that prompts me to reflect on the past and the best gift I ever received.
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  • Understanding Mary’s Immaculate Conception

    At the beginning of the liturgical year we honor the immaculately conceived Virgin Mary. The solemnity of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is celebrated on Dec. 8, and honors the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without original sin.
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  • No one should have no one at Christmas

    Each year British retailer John Lewis creates a seasonal buzz with its creative, emotionally charged Christmas advertisements.
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  • The saint who became Santa Claus

    You probably know that there’s a real-life “Jolly Old St. Nick” in our background, and that he’s got a feast day in the church (Dec. 6) along with the rest of the saints. The odds are, though, that you don’t know that much more about St. Nicholas.
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  • Origin of our Thanksgiving Day

    St. Paul urged us to give thanks to God always. Our forebears and our founding fathers, active Christians, often followed this sage counsel. And eventually our national day of Thanksgiving evolved.
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  • Eye-opening experience at Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services

    The teenage boy sitting across the table from me at Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services office in San Mateo talked calmly about his chilling experience fleeing gang violence in his home country of Honduras and strapping himself by his belt to the top of a train to escape through Mexico.
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  • Choosing wisely or foolishly at global climate conference

    “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” warns Pope Francis.
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?: The abbreviated process

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some Catholic news outlets, have reported a great deal of misinformation about the changes. In question-and-answer format over the next few weeks, I would like to reflect on various aspects of this new “motu proprio” responding to some logical questions which have been raised since publication.
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