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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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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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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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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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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…

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We are all going through unusual and difficult times. What’s important is our attitude. We need to believe in the saying, “This too shall pass.” We need to believe that God loves us and will give us the strength to pull through. We just need to ask.

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Our spirituality is inseparable from the way we live in the world. If we believe that God is always with us, we put on the mind of Christ and act Christlike. We reach out to anyone in need especially those who need our help the most. We believe that relationships are the core of our faith be…

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We live in a messy world today. When we look around at what is happening in our country, we can become very discouraged. We see mass shootings happening repeatedly. Most Americans want something done to prevent these killings from happening. Yet, our politicians do nothing.

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Hate crimes in America have increased 17 percent from the previous year making this the third consecutive year that hateful racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news. Of the more than 7,100 hate crimes reported last year, race and ethnicity hatred accounted for 60 percent. R…

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 Maybe the primary root cause for Christian marriages failing today is that couples have chosen the secular ideals of marriage instead of being grounding in biblical teachings on marriage and family life. Only a return to God centered teachings can remedy our current crisis surrounding marri…

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On January 20 we celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the third Monday of January around the day of his birth, January 15, 1929. He was born Michael King, Jr.When he was five, Michael and his father traveled to Germany in 1934.The theology and activism of the Protestant Reformatio…

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Every time a mass shooting takes place, we hear politicians say they are going to address the problem, but nothing happens. A poll conducted after the massacre at a Florida high school shows that most Americans think Congress and President Trump are not doing enough to stop these shootings. …

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw the play Steel Magnolias at the Thibodaux Playhouse. I had seen the play before and also the movie but this time I was moved to tears over the basic message of the play. Two weeks ago, I published the 10 stages of grief as a help for those who have lost a love on…

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote seven letters to various churches while he was in chains on his way to his death in the Roman Coliseum. The following is part of the letter he wrote to the Trallians in Asia. Tralles is a town near Aydin, Turkey.

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The issues of 2016 are not just political. They also have moral dimensions. As we vote on November 8, we, Christians and all people of good will, are compelled to face and address the underlining moral issues that confront us today.