The election is upon us, and if the news reports and my own experience are accurate, the vast majority of us will be glad when it is over. I am not exaggerating when I say this has been the worst election cycle I have ever experienced, but I may surprise you when I say I think the reason is partly my fault.
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It’s almost as if November’s Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for "perseverance" and "endurance" amid distress.
Alfred Emmanuel Smith (1873-1944) served as governor of New York for four terms and earned the gratitude of all civilized people by opposing prohibition when that disastrous experiment in social engineering was at the center of our national politics.
Father Andrew Roza, director of vocations for the archdiocese and associate pastor of the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, speaks to sixth-grade boys from several Omaha-area Catholic schools during Vocations Awareness Day at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha Oct. 21.
Tim O’Neill, past president of Serra International, member of Serra Club of Omaha and Christ the King Parish in Omaha, is greeted Oct. 21 by Pope Francis during a Congress on Vocations in Rome. O’Neill said he thanked the pope for his vocation.
More than a dozen people prayed the rosary at the American Legion Hall in Monroe Oct. 15 as part of national rosary rallies sponsored by America Needs Fatima, which promotes the message of the 1917 Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.
New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha received a national award Oct. 31 for grassroots advocacy for veterans.
Catholic Charities’ St. Martin de Porres Center in north Omaha plans to expand its outreach to seniors with a $5,000 grant from Cox Communications’ charitable arm, Cox Charities.
Fourth-graders led a clothing drive at St. James/Seton School in Omaha last month that brought in about 250 coats and two large, plastic bags of socks for the needy.
About half a dozen girls from Mary Our Queen School’s robotics team Oct. 11 hosted a Girl Powered science and technology event in Omaha with the national Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.