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      St. Paul Miki was born in Japan between 1564 and 1566. He joined the Jesuits and preached the gospel to the Japanese people with great success. When a Catholic persecution arose, he was arrested with 25 others and taken to Nagasaki where they were bound to crosses and speared.

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On the first Christmas Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. They were among a multitude of other people who were making the same trip for the same reason.

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When Pope Francis talked about his endorsement of civil unions for same-sex partners, the news was broadcasted around the world over every possible media. Everyone had their own “spin” on what the Pope had said. Even comedians got into the act. Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening remarks on his…

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I recently read the book, The Gift of Forgiveness, by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt. She is the eldest child of actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver. Her maternal grandmother, Eunice, was a younger sister of John F. Kennedy. She had connections. 

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Occasionally we all feel like we are living in a rut. Our days and weeks are filled with the same activities and schedules. We mow grass, rake leaves, clean the house, sweep out the garage and do the same jobs. We go to the same grocery store on a certain day, wash our car at the same place …

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Halloween is typically a relaxed day for America's kids to fill their coffers with candy. Children and adults often don their favorite wacky attire for a day of comic relief. 

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We, as a nation, are deeply divided on many issues. One big issue is how we look at our past. On one side, we have those who emphasis all the good qualities and who want to forget the mistakes and sins of the past. On the other side, we see people who want to deal with our past mistakes and …

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I was shocked when I read what a young priest wrote on Facebook, “I’m not watching the Saints this year . . . Join me in boycotting them . . . Money speaks louder than politics. You have one job NFL, entertain the masses. You represent your state, not political factions or parties.”

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Fall season officially begins September 22 this year. For every season there is a change. Most of us like the seasons especially if we can have four of them. 

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Representative John Lewis died on July 18. I had seen him on TV strongly advocating for some just cause, but I really did not know him as a person. He has been hailed as an American Icon, the Moral Conscience of Congress, a lifelong Civil Rights leader, a person who was willing to go to jail…

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I've been a bicycle rider my whole life.

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A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the 4th of July, the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Reflecting on our nation’s birthday, I noticed this holiday has become more militaristic in tone than in years past. We have gotten away from our country’s founding values.

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Americans hope they will never be bullied by a police officer. A man or woman with a badge and a gun can be an intimidating figure. If a cop pulls you over and bullies you, what can you do? Americans are at the mercy of bad cops. Who hasn't been afraid of a police officer at one time or anot…

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The Franciscan Father Richard Rohr writes a Daily Meditation for anyone interested in spiritual growth. The following was his meditation for Monday, June 8, 2020. It’s entitled, “The Unspoken Privilege of Being White.” He invited his readers to “pass it on.”

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These past weeks we have seen some protesters who refuse to obey the medical experts’ social distancing guidelines. They also showed their support for President Trump, who appeared to endorse demonstrations against lockdown measures by saying some governors had gone “too far” with their impl…