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March 15, 2019  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
When David Brooks travels the country, he seeks out the good news. The bad news is all too easy to find.
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March 15, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Lent is upon us, and hopefully we are upon Lent. This season of prayer and penance is set apart by the Church to prepare us for Holy Week and Easter. As we know, through voluntary amendment of life, acts of penance, and works of charity, we prepare our hearts, similar to those who in serious prebaptismal formation contemplate their own burial with Christ. Among specific works of charity is a rekindled devotion to the scriptures and to “holy reading” (with Lectio Divina or specific books that help us on our own Calvary road). 
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March 15, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Root VegetablesThe United States Department of Agriculture replaced the food pyramid with MyPlate in 2011. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help us make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully. It illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual — a place setting. Each plate should be half-filled with vegetables and fruits. Based on age, sex, weight and physical activity, there is a MyPlate Plan link that can help guide us with regards to the recommended amounts of vegetables we should be consuming weekly.
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March 15, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Though I reside in Santa Barbara, I am in Los Angeles a good deal for meetings and other events. When I’m in the city, I like to walk the downtown neighborhood. My favorite building to look at while I’m on these strolls is the Disney Theatre, home base of the L.A. Philharmonic and the creation of Frank Gehry, probably the best-known architect in the world.
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March 1, 2019  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw.
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March 1, 2019  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Whenever we make small exceptions to universal moral rules, we shouldn’t be surprised that the rules themselves can be quickly undermined. Establishing an “exception” in one case makes people think they’re due an exemption for their case as well. Certain norms of moral behavior, however, do not admit of any exceptions, and we risk undermining morality altogether if we don’t recognize them. Moral norms governing the protection of human life are one such example.
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March 1, 2019  |  By ANDY BARTON
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy released a report in December entitled “Overlooked & Undercounted 2018” with very little fanfare. The information in the report is hugely important in understanding the reality of poverty in our communities, especially for families. The main takeaway is that the data used in defining poverty is flawed, leading to a dramatically understated number of families who are struggling to get by.
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February 14, 2019  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may tell them that their unborn child has a condition that is “incompatible with life.”
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