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Our nation's founding values are worth protecting
During a recent visit to the Aquinas Institute, Princeton, to view an enlightening exhibit, The Printed Word: Faith Aspirations of a Young Nation, I was particularly interested in a display of Jewish religious texts and artifacts. More ...
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Accountability on pro-life promises
The last several years have clearly been challenging for the pro-life movement. The abortion industry, exposing its false rhetoric of choice, increasingly seeks to coerce Americans to be complicit with abortion, even insisting that abortion is a social good to be celebrated, subsidized and uncontrolled. More ...
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Let's embrace Advent
We look forward to the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27. Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from "ad venire" in Latin, or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. More ...
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Doctors, patients should 'do no harm' with covenant of medical care
The Hippocratic Oath was composed around the fourth century. While it is under 400 words, the oath represents the beginnings of scientific medicine as we know it today.  It brought an end to superstitious beliefs regarding the causes and cures of diseases. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The world needs saints . . . especially now
Most likely you are reading this shortly before, or shortly after the U.S. presidential election. More ...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
What is our responsibility to the hungry in a land of bounty?

Where does food come from? The grocery store, of course. Many children who live in urban settings don't have the faintest idea where food comes from. In some countries, the food that keeps people alive comes from convoys of trucks with "USAID" written on the bags.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
As missionaries, we know that mercy changes the world

On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, all Catholics of the world join into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
LIFE ISSUES FORUM: Our faith requires that we kill the pain, not the patient

In the coming months, dozens of states will be confronted with efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Under the guise of compassion and autonomy, the expansion of this practice would really mean the legalized abandonment of people who are terminally ill.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
How should Catholics react to changes in the culture?
Catholics, like all Christians, are called to transform the world into the image of Christ. From a Western perspective, it worked quite successfully for more than a millennia. Lately, not so well. More ...
Monday, September 26, 2016
Building a better world through service, sacrifice
Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, children’s television icon Fred Rogers shared this insight from his mother: “Always look for the helpers.” More ...
Monday, September 12, 2016
The Catholic call to welcome and protect life
On the eve of World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, Pope Francis gave a beautiful address urging leaders to support the family, the “primary and fundamental cell of society. More ...
Monday, September 12, 2016

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