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November 2009

Catching up on grants, disabled Nebraskans and immigration

One thing about subjects and issues that have a public-policy context: seldom are they totally resolved; there is usually an update or a new dimension. So, there's always a need to catch up.

Let's start with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government's large-scale, multi-faceted package of spending - nearly $787 billion - for economic stimulus. One component of that spending is $5 billion for elementary and secondary education, primarily designated for "school reform."

Catholicism offers a remedy for individualism

One small delight of travel in another country is to stay at bed-and-breakfasts for the opportunity they provide to engage in a deeper conversation than could be had at a typical hotel.

So it was on a recent driving trip in British Columbia, Canada. My wife and I were the only two guests at a B&B near Victoria, giving us the full attention of Peter, the innkeeper, breakfast chef extraordinaire and raconteur.

After serving a morning meal that would last through the day, he would sit at the table as we shared a second and third cup of coffee.

Communion of saints unites all Catholics ... those on earth, in heaven and in purgatory

Most Catholics experience the blessings and responsibilities of life in Christ in their local parishes. Parish life is strong in this archdiocese, and that is a blessing. God offers the gift of faith and the promise of salvation in and through the risen Jesus. God gives us the grace to accept that gift, to trust in that promise. The life of faith is sustained ordinarily in a particular place, in a community of the faithful led by a pastor.

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' activities over the next two weeks:

Nov. 6

» Mass, St. Stephen the Martyr School, Omaha.

Nov. 8

» Mass for 100th anniversary of school, St. Augustine Indian Mission, Winnebago.

Nov. 9

» KVSS Spirit Radio Morning Show.

» Serra Priests' Appreciation Dinner, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Omaha.

Nov. 10

» Mass, St. Leo the Great Church, Omaha.

» Institute for Priestly Formation meeting with leadership.

Indescribable ... Inexplicable ... Miraculous

Most people might think of a trip to Rome, Mass at St. Peter's and receiving Communion from the pope as a dream come true. Some would even call it a miracle.

For Dr. Edward and Jeanne Gatz of Omaha, it was another miracle - the cure of Edward Gatz's terminal cancer in 1989 - that led them to Rome Oct. 11 for the canonization of St. Jeanne Jugan and four other saints

Indescribable ... Inexplicable ... Miraculous

Most people might think of a trip to Rome, Mass at St. Peter's and receiving Communion from the pope as a dream come true. Some would even call it a miracle.

For Dr. Edward and Jeanne Gatz of Omaha, it was another miracle - the cure of Edward Gatz's terminal cancer in 1989 - that led them to Rome Oct. 11 for the canonization of St. Jeanne Jugan and four other saints

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