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Voices
  • Using dialogue in difficult situations

    In today’s secular climate, it isn’t easy to guide teens along paths that will lead them to happier lives. Where do you begin talking to them about some of the potential problems they might face or the situations others might force them into?
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  • Celebrating the birthday of God’s new presence

    In today’s Gospel reading, we are presented with a picture of a city deeply divided by hatred and fear.
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  • Artificial light

    What’s the use of an old-fashioned, hand-held lantern? Well, its light can be quite useful when it’s pitch dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. Still, this doesn’t mean its light is bad, only that it’s weak.
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  • Catholics have the answer

    Thank you for your answers to the misguided signers of the ad to Pope Francis. Thanks to our controlled media, we have a lot of misguided people.
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  • Bringing people together

    I feel I should defend the writers of the open letter to Pope Francis that was published in the Chronicle.
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  • The sword and the lily

    In his column (“Who am I to judge?” April 24) Father Ron Rolheiser says that we, not Christ, judge ourselves.
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  • Avoiding ‘witch hunts’

    I was pleased to read Archbishop Cordileone’s statement that he doesn’t want “witch hunts” in our archdiocese.
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  • Drought a teachable moment

    It is a major issue, one that affects us all: the California drought.
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  • The beauty of Christian marriage

    The beauty of Christian marriage, which is not “simply the beauty of the ceremony that takes place in church, but rather the Sacrament made by the Church, giving rise to a new family community,” was the theme chosen by Pope Francis in the catechesis of his Wednesday general audience May 6.
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  • The difference Cardinal George made

    On September 2, 1939 the House of Commons debated the British government’s response to the German invasion of Poland the previous day.
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  • Sacred Heart Cathedral: Students from China at the crossroads

    When you find yourself sitting in your car at the red traffic light at the crossroads of Gough and Ellis streets by St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, take the opportunity to watch classmates at the urban campus of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep trudge between buildings.
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  • The elderly as poets of prayer

    At 6 o’clock each morning, we Little Sisters gather in the chapel to begin our day with an hour of prayer. Most days we are joined by a petite, frail old woman who wheels herself into the chapel, strains to reach the holy water font, blesses herself and then settles in to begin her daily devotions.
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  • America’s pornography pandemic

    “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.” Matthew 5:28
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  • Remembering Cardinal George

    We are never quite the same after experiencing endearing moments that touch us. The recent death of Cardinal Francis E. George, retired archbishop of Chicago, reminds me of cherished moments.
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  • Pornography on the supermarket shelves

    This past April 22, a coalition that has brought together the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, doctors, activists and community leaders launched the “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign seeking to “inform, expose and equip communities to take action and protect minors,” according to their National Press Club news conference release.
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  • The courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

    Who would have predicted it?
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  • Evolution’s ultimate wisdom

    Evolution, Charles Darwin famously stated, works through the survival of the fittest. Christianity, on the other hand, is committed to the survival of the weakest. But how do we square our Christian ideal of making a preferential option for the weak with evolution?
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  • No matter what you seek in life, keep Christ close

    You’ve probably heard the phrase, “To thine own self be true,” spoken by Polonius in one of William Shakespeare’s works. These words have an important meaning in everyone’s life. This saying means we should follow what our conscience tells us in order to be true to ourselves.
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  • Remembering Number 84

    He scored 40 times in an eight-year NFL career, best known, now, for the touchdown he didn’t score, as the sun set over Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28, 1958.
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  • Praying for those not of this fold: An open letter to Roman Catholic bishops

    I write to you as a loyal son of the Catholic Church, with a particular request: Could you make an addition to our present Eucharistic Prayers to include an explicit invocation for other Christian Churches and for those who lead them?
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