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  • Seeing God as fantasy or hobby doesn’t make sense of vows and vocations

    Seeing God as fantasy or hobby doesn’t make sense of vows and vocations

    Some people’s understanding of God makes him into a nice fantasy, cherished heirloom, psychological consolation or entertaining hobby. None of these understandings, however, makes sense of the religious vows of a Catholic religious sister, or even the vows of married Christian people. A young woman with the world at her fingertips who recently decided to enter the convent offers the latest proof of the point.

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  • Guardian angels and the tragedy in Las Vegas

    Guardian angels and the tragedy in Las Vegas

    The angels were seen on October 2, not in majestic preternatural display, but through the selfless actions of good people who went beyond themselves and their own safety, turned to those around them, and sought to assist and protect their neighbors.

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  • NFL ought to find a better way than kneeling to express protest

    NFL ought to find a better way than kneeling to express protest

    What’s been lost amid the current American debate about the NFL and protesting police brutality and racial injustice is that kneeling is a particularly religious act, reserved to the realm of the spirit and associated with submission and surrender to something supernaturally higher than ourselves. There are better, and more appropriate, gestures to express protest and civil disobedience.

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  • How to cope with 21st century America? Consider Mother Cabrini

    At a time when our society is discussing and debating health care, social assistance and immigration, it could help us to look at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. When our country was in a similar transition in a different era, Mother Cabrini didn’t look around wondering who was going to do something. Rather, Mother rolled up her sleeves, stepped out, and began great work among those in need.

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  • A Christian take on why it’s important to celebrate Labor Day

    Within the Christian heritage, work is seen as a remedy to the consequences of our fall from grace. It’s a means to give order to our passions and structure to our lives. It calls us out of ourselves and our small world, gives us a relative schedule, disciplines our sloth, exposes other vices, and forces us to interact with others.

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  • Tragedies remind us, ‘There’s no such thing as low-cost Christianity’

    After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers tomorrow, Christians may naturally feel themselves a little stunned, wondering how a loving God could permit such tragedies and acts of horror. It’s worth reminding ourselves of a line from Pope Francis: “There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity.”

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