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August 18, 2017  |  By ROB FAUGHNAN
In 1994, I was 16 and I was sent on a “mission trip” to the Philippines with 20 or so other youth from an evangelical church. We were going to save the Filipinos one city at a time. I remember the plane ride being interminable; no matter how many movies I’d watch or how often I checked the seatback GPS, we never seemed to leave the Pacific Ocean. Finally we arrived to Osaka, a layover before Manila
August 4, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
I write these words from the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland, where I am conducting a retreat for the good priests of the Dublin Archdiocese. As I look out at these men, I am reminded of so many of my own relatives on both sides of my family (“Gosh, he looks like Uncle Charlie” and “That one is the spitting image of my cousin Terry”), for I am Irish all the way through. Many of the priests who are making the retreat are retired, and it is edifying to see so many who have bravely borne the heat of the day. Do say a prayer for them.
August 3, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally emerge during this process: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow us to try? What does our infertility mean, spiritually and personally, in the face of our fervent but frustrated desire for a baby?
August 3, 2017  |  By ROB FAUGHNAN
I read the other day that Denver International Airport is working on a $1.3- billion renovation — $1.3 billion. Written out, that is $1,300,000,000. For a renovation. I was at DIA in May and it seemed fine. The floors were polished granite, the train was cheerfully automated and the seats in the terminal were comfortable (dentist-office comfortable). Also, I was safely able to get on a plane and go somewhere — the core function of an airport.
July 7, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer — and eager to give herself in service to others.
July 7, 2017  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead.
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