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Post date: 06/08/2018
On May 25 Ireland experienced a watershed moment in its national history and identity. With a voter turnout of 64 percent, two out of three voters (66.4 percent) cast a ballot to repeal a provision in the Irish Constitution protecting the right-to-life of the unborn child.   By doing so, the Irish people have made a fundamental and decisive...
Post date: 06/08/2018
You’ve probably never heard of the Waupoos Family Farm. I hadn’t either, until I met some folks involved in it during a recent visit to Ottawa. Their story vividly illustrates the dictatorship of relativism at work.    The farm is a vacation site for poor families who can’t afford a holiday together. It’s run by Christians who apply only one...
Post date: 06/08/2018
Stephen Hawking died recently. He was a brilliant and influential physicist responsible for, among other things, the conclusion that black holes emit energy that we now call “Hawking radiation.”    This is not supposed to happen, because the gravity of black holes is so strong that it doesn’t even allow light to escape. (That’s why they’re...
Post date: 06/08/2018
Last month I wrote about the ways that envy can drive us apart. Our materialistic culture, which places so much value on things over people, makes it very difficult for us to love properly. To keep ourselves from succumbing to envy, the church’s social teaching suggests fostering gratitude.   My wife used to work at a firm in Canada that...
Post date: 06/08/2018
“For whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother” (Mk 3:35). It is easy to read Jesus’ words as a distancing of himself from his family; however, it is nothing of the sort. It was an invitation for his hearers to consider entering into relationship with him by becoming his disciples and eventually walking with him up to...
Post date: 06/08/2018
“Pray constantly,” St. Paul commands us (1 Thess 5:17).  St. John Chrysostom writes, “It is impossible, utterly impossible, for the man who prays eagerly and invokes God ceaselessly ever to sin” (“De Anna” 4, 5). How can we practice ceaseless prayer?   Frequently when I write or interact with others concerning the importance of mental prayer...
Post date: 10/03/2014
Father James Schwertley, a retired priest of the archdiocese, was an alcoholism counselor for 28 years at Catholic Charities in Omaha. He wrote a column for the Catholic Voice in the 1970s, “Alcoholism … the Family Illness,” and several recovering alcoholics say the column helped them. Several of his columns are now available by clicking the links...

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