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  • Jesus shows the way

    What is morality? Why does God give us commandments? Why should I care about doing good and avoiding evil? Why should I care about right and wrong? Why does it matter what I do or how I act?
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  • Surviving communism as a Catholic in Cuba

    As a Cuban Catholic, I was surprised not to read in Father Kenneth Weare’s article on the relations between the Catholic Church and the Cuban dictatorship (Dec. 15, 2016) about the ship “Covadonga,” where hundreds of “problematic” priests, nuns, monks, and religious on the island were shipped off to Europe (mostly to Spain) after being rounded up by the Communist military soon after the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.
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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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  • Taking our wounds to the Eucharist

    Recently a man came to me, asking for help. He carried some deep wounds, not physical wounds, but emotional wounds to his soul. What surprised me initially was that, while he was deeply wounded, he had not been severely traumatized either in childhood or adulthood.
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  • Thinking through the temptation of cohabitation

    Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate toward arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy.
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  • Angels among us: How helping leads to healing

    Spend a day in a surgery waiting room and you’ll witness a hundred quiet acts of mercy.
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  • Theology isn’t math; but it is theology

    During the heyday of the solidarity movement, a famous Polish slogan had it that, “For Poland to be Poland, 2 + 2 Must Always = 4.”
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  • King servant our Lord

    Typically kings possess an entourage of personal staff that proves to be as functional as it is impressive. But there is always one who races ahead of the pack to broadcast the king’s movements to the people.
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  • Abstinence and spirituality

    Re Elizabeth Travers’ comments in “Focus on charity, not sexuality,” (Letters, Dec. 15), I find that her perspective is quite common in the church.
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  • The church in Cuba

    It appears in this article that Fidel Castro and his now ruling brother were Catholic.
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  • Castro and Catholicism

    Father Kenneth Weare’s essay was very good. I was glad the true state of the church in Cuba was confirmed. Indeed, Fidel Castro did not prevent religious freedom. He was Jesuit schooled and many of his ideals were from his education.
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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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  • New Year’s wishes for some Catholic brethren

    2017 promises to be a challenging year for the Catholic Church. Thus some new year’s wishes:
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  • Orthodoxy, sin and heresy

    Recently, while on the road giving a workshop, I took the opportunity to go the cathedral in that city for a Sunday Eucharist. I was taken aback by the homily.
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  • Go in haste! Be amazed! Treasure!

    By now most of you are probably aware of the depressing statistics regarding the “nones,” that is to say, those in this country who claim no religious affiliation. The most recent survey showed that now fully one fourth of Americans belong to no religion at all – that’s approximately 80,000,000 people.
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  • The pursuit of happiness this new year

    Don Currey was a 30-year-old graduate student when he cut down the world’s oldest tree.
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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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  • Sex and our culture

    No generation in history has ever experienced as much change as we have experienced in the past 60 years especially in the area of our social infrastructure, our communal ethos. Nowhere is this change more radical than in the area of how we understand sex.
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  • Unfamiliar with scientific method

    In his critique of Pope Francis comments on climate change Ed Binetti (Dec. 3)) seems unfamiliar with scientific method. The method sequence is observation, making a hypothesis or theory, followed by experiments to test theory, leading to a conclusion based on result.
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  • The gift of giving

    As an aging man, in the autumn of his years, I return to Christmases past. I remember the joy as a child of opening presents from those who loved me. One Christmas stands out. I remember when my father got me a new bicycle.
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