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Post date: 12/06/2018
I recently came across some information on the early days of Rome. Some of us may remember Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf but then raised by a local shepherd.  It would be Romulus who founds what would later be known as Rome, only after having killed his brother.  While this is all almost certainly legend with little connection...
Post date: 12/06/2018
As a child, my understanding of the concept of trade was limited. Trade was something you did with baseball cards. If you were a knucklehead like me, you traded the baseball cards of your favorite athlete, Nolan Ryan, to your “girlfriend” for a handful of dimes. I can still hear echoes of my mom’s disappointment the moment I told her about this “...
Post date: 12/06/2018
“Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th century “Genevan Psalter,” is eminently singable. The hymn text – when not corrupted by that politically correct scoundrel, “alt.,” – is even better.  For Francis Bland Tucker’s lyrics put 21st century congregations in touch with the...
Post date: 11/16/2018
One of the main reasons a diocesan newspaper exists is to be a community newspaper, the go-to publication for a thriving Catholic community. Such a newspaper fosters unity among Catholics by announcing and recording events, telling inspiring stories of people living out their faith, articulating the goals and initiatives of their leaders, and...
Post date: 11/16/2018
As I leave the Archdiocese of Omaha to take a new job – with great gratitude on my part, still in the Catholic press – I have been given the opportunity to say “thank you.” Eight years as news editor of the Catholic Voice have helped me meet so many people willing to help explain and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.  Learning from,...
Post date: 11/16/2018
I just started reading “Community and Growth” by Jean Vannier, the founder of the L’Arche communities. Doing so has reminded me of the importance of community and the fundamental virtue of gratitude. And that has reminded me of the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Though Thanksgiving is an American holiday with no specific denominational...

Jack Odgaard, left, receives the Nebraska Catholic Conference’s Gospel of Life Award from Tom Venzor, NCC’s executive director, Oct. 26 at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet in Lincoln. Odgaard is a member of St. John Parish in Lincoln and a founding member of the pro-life organization Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.
Post date: 11/16/2018
I first met Jack Odgaard in 2010, when I was a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska College of Law. I was with my friend, Jeff Kanger. In fact, it was Jeff’s idea to go and pray at the Planned Parenthood abortion mill that morning. We went to the facility at 38th and South streets in Lincoln. The first person to greet us was Jack...
Post date: 11/16/2018
Of all the dilemmas classified under end-of-life issues, the most divisive even for Catholics has been the treatment of people diagnosed as being in a “vegetative state.” The phrase has been used to describe patients who are not comatose (because they have sleep-wake cycles) but seem unaware of their environment, most often due to a head injury....
Post date: 11/16/2018
Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey. He was, furthermore, a person of tremendous courage and perseverance, accomplishing groundbreaking work despite a decades-long...
Post date: 11/02/2018
It’s never too late to prepare for Election Day! This is as true for the less appreciated and underrated midterm elections as it is for a politically heightened presidential election cycle. As the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm elections approach, I want to offer a few thoughts as you prepare to exercise your faithful citizenship. Encourage Voter Turnout...

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