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Post date: 01/04/2019
Over the past couple of years, since the momentous 2016 election, a lot has changed in our national conversation. However, one might not even call it a conversation so much as a yelling match. I’ve been trying to observe it and touch on some of those observations in this column for the past year or so. The responses have been overwhelmingly...
Post date: 01/04/2019
Jesus never said, “Thy Legislature come!” But even if he never said these words, we know that he calls us to anticipate the advent of many things (as we did with Christmas), including the advent of a new legislative session. Every year, the Nebraska Legislature commences its lawmaking duties on the Wednesday following the first Monday of January...
Post date: 01/04/2019
I’ve been having some trouble lately with the Nicene Creed. The First Council of Constantinople in 381 added the sentence, “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.” It’s the holy part, as you might expect, that’s bothering me. The Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August disclosed years of unholy conduct by priests and...
Post date: 12/21/2018
It all started with a lost birth certificate. The Holy Spirit was at work that day and hasn’t slowed down since.  My aunt Jan has always known she was adopted, and the many mysteries surrounding that reality had never haunted her. She raised her daughters near St. Paul, Minn., her husband’s hometown, and cherished her Catholic faith. Now 56, she...
Post date: 12/21/2018
There is a common, and I’ll admit somewhat understandable, interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy that sees the great work as a celebration of the virtues of the Shire, that little town where the hobbits dwell in quiet domesticity. Neat, tidy hobbit holes, filled with comfortable furniture, delicate tea settings, and cozy...
Post date: 12/21/2018
By peremptorily ordering the American bishops not to vote on local remedies for today’s Catholic crisis of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops, the Vatican dramatically raised the stakes for the February 2019 meeting that Pope Francis has called to discuss the crisis in a global perspective. How the Americans taking decisive action last month...
Post date: 12/21/2018
The apparition of Our Lady at Guadalupe, inscribed on the tilma worn by St. Juan Diego nearly 500 years ago, is pregnant with meaning and purpose. As Father Peter John Cameron, OP, recounts in his book, “Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces,” “The ‘first impression’ of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the indigenous people (of Mexico)...
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...

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