I regret that this is my last column, but during this particular season I am also thankful.
Pray that our clergy and bishops make wise decisions is good, but we also must work to bring about what we pray for.
High school students marching for changes, calling for tighter gun laws in the United States. High school students working for changes that their elders have been unable or unwilling to bring about.
The Olympic message stands in sharp contrast to another one playing out on the international stage, the mounting call for more nuclear weapons.
With health conscious consumers are demanding high-protein foods, especially in snacks, responding to these market expectations is a smart move by farmers.
Now it is time for the rest of us — parishioners, homilists and parishes — to support our bishops on this issue and to live out our Catholic social teachings with a new urgency. It is time to let our leaders in Washington know that we do not accept their attack on millions of people seeking only to live a dignified life.
Our nation is deeply divided along a number of political, economic and social fault lines. As a people, we seem to have given in to a form of discourse and argumentation that lacks basic respect and civility. We may not like the negative political ads or the candidates arguing and debating as if facing mortal enemies, but we are part of the culture that makes it possible.
His name is Omran. He sits motionless in an Aleppo ambulance after his family home was bombed. His silent stare screams at anyone looking: “I am a human being! Why can’t you see me?”