Opinion From Herald columnists and readers


September 16, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.” (John 20:6–8)
September 1, 2017  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
The rain fell heavy Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man wearing a Saturn shirt had heard it would be clearer in Columbia, Mo., than Kansas City, Mo., and decided to attempt the added hour of travel for a better view of the Great American Eclipse.
September 1, 2017  |  By DAVE KOTTLER
From behind the goal, the two women shouted support for their teams and their favorite players. It was, after all, overtime in their first ever National Hockey League game. They held up signs that said “Penguins Are My Bag” and “Hey Sydney, Facebook Me!” — both references to the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and their all-star captain Sidney Crosby. They were typical animated, enthusiastic fans helping the league celebrate its 100th year in existence, with one remarkable exception: their combined ages totaled nearly twice the age of the league.
September 1, 2017  |  By ROB FAUGHNAN
My favorite part of all of the Star Wars movies is when Luke Skywalker fights Darth Vader in a seemingly endless battle in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Luke ultimately loses this battle, along with his hand. He also loses something far more intimate and valuable: his personal story. With the news that Darth Vader is his father, he realizes that his identity is not what he thought. Defeated, Luke lets go and allows himself to fall to his own death.
September 1, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
I vividly remember my first visit to Charlottesville, Virginia.  It was about 20 years ago, and I was on vacation with a good friend, who shared with me a passion for American history and for Thomas Jefferson in particular.
August 18, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too pregnant” when twins, triplets or quads arise.
August 18, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON
A recent study, paid for by a cannabis advocacy group, is touting the positive economic impact of legal marijuana in Colorado. The group’s goal is to convince voters in cities like Colorado Springs to allow for the recreational sale of the drug. There are smart, thoughtful people on both sides of this debate and perhaps even more who do not give it much thought. Yet, from a Catholic perspective as well as that of an agency working on the front lines with our poor and homeless, it is clear that legalizing marijuana is bad for our community, and it is particularly bad for those we serve.

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Suffering as a Redemptive and Transformative Experience
August 18, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The mettle of our spiritual life is proven not during the times of great joy or spiritual conversion, but more often we find our greatest maturity in times of suffering. Such was true in the life of St. Paul, but like us, he realized the ultimate purpose of his trials only afterwards, through the insights of life’s rear-view mirror, as he writes to the church in Corinth:

And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7–10 (RSV2CE)

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