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Commentary

November 16, 2018  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
As they celebrated their first Christmas in America 150 years ago, our Little Sisters in Baltimore noted that the donations received included “twelve turkeys, four ducks, sixteen chickens and so many other good things that we didn’t know what to do with it all!” They concluded, “In this country Christmas is like the feast of the poor!”
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Biblical Commentaries

A Guide for the Perplexed on a Budget
November 16, 2018  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
“The study of the sacred page . . . should be the very soul of sacred theology” (Vatican II, Dei Verbum, 24). In a time of testing for the church’s beliefs and practices, it will be those steeped in the scriptures, in the magisterial teaching and traditions of the church, and in the long-running dialogue of her scholars and teachers on the precise meaning and application of these sources of her authority, who will convince others and lead by their understanding, knowledge, and wisdom.
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November 16, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Thankful for Herbs and SpicesHoliday meals are perfect for using herbs and spices from the garden. There is nothing quite like the flavor of home-grown sage when added to Aunt Edna’s scrumptious turkey stuffing recipe.
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November 16, 2018  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey.    
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November 2, 2018  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

Roxanne Loper was almost home.

Her journey had begun 15 months ago when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special.


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November 2, 2018  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) rely on professional therapy and counseling, often in a religious context, to assist those struggling with unwanted homosexual inclinations who would like to diminish their same-sex attractions and grow in their ability to abstain from same-sex behaviors. Many proponents of same-sex lifestyles argue that Sexual Orientation Change Efforts are not only not effective, but also are harmful and unscientific, going so far as to advocate for legislation that would restrict a practitioner’s ability to offer SOCE. A sweeping bill recently tabled in California, for example, would have labeled any sexual orientation therapies offered for a fee as “consumer fraud.” Are such laws sensible or reprehensible? What do scientific studies indicate about attempts to change sexual orientation?
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November 2, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. Fran Rutherford will never forget the day in June 2013 when she first drove up to the site where her home of 17 years had previously stood. The house where she and her husband Larry had raised their four children – and that was carefully furnished with items from around the world collected during Larry’s military career -- was reduced to a pile of ashes by the Black Forest Fire.
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October 19, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Toadflax or Snapdragon

Friend or foe? Wild, noxious weed or environmentally-sound perennial? Sometimes it takes a trained eye or a magnifying glass to tell the difference.

If you live in eastern El Paso County, chances are you have experienced the dreaded toadflax, although the weed is also found inside city limits. The important question is this: what should we all do to prevent it and why? 


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