Opinion From Herald columnists and readers


November 17, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Jean Twenge’s book “iGen” is one of the most fascinating — and depressing — texts I’ve read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge has been, for years, studying trends among young Americans, and her most recent book focuses on the generation born between 1995 and 2012.
This time of year always brings me back to my childhood. With fond nostalgia, I remember the pinecone turkeys we made in Girl Scouts, the pilgrim costumes my mother painstakingly sewed and the necklaces made of painted pasta that my sisters and I managed to pull apart, scattering raw macaroni all over the back seat of the car, on our way to grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving.
Each October we observe Respect Life Month in dioceses around the United States. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid,” but of what, or whom, are we supposed to not be afraid?
October 20, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it.  By laying the foundation and supervising the plumbing, electrical and duct work, he would be contributing to, or enabling, the subsequent commission of atrocities against prisoners in the concentration camp.
October 20, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON
Like many Americans, I can trace a line in my ancestry to the “Catholic hordes,” though I have never said it that way. The term is antiquated, once representing a majority sentiment of mid-19th century Americans who actively protested immigration in their time. 
October 20, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the twentieth century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more conscious, and more active participation in the liturgy on the part of Catholics.


October 20, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: ChrysanthemumsFall is here with snaps of winter freeze. Extending a burst of color in the garden can be easy with the help of Chrysanthemums. Called “mums” for short they are popular perennials and can be found outside (and inside) brightening up almost every building in our diocese. They offer an intense display of color at the end of the season and if properly cared for can provide years of enjoyment.     
October 20, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Colorado is blessed to host the ministry of Sherry Weddell. Initiating a spiritual gifts discernment ministry in 1997, Weddell went on to teach how parishes can be more effective in the training and formation of members by replicating the “intentional discipleship” ministry patterns in the ministry of Jesus. Weddell is the author of “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (2012).” She also edited and contributed to “Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples” (2015).
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