Opinion From Herald columnists and readers


April 21, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON
One of the most hope filled moments of the year for our poor and vulnerable came at the Easter Vigil last Saturday night when we welcomed our catechumens into the church. These new Catholic faithful are cause for celebration for so many reasons, but the greatest may be what they mean for charity. As Pope Paul VI writes in “Divinae Consortium Naturae”: “By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” These newly initiated men, women, and children are reinforcements in the battle against the colossal specter of poverty in our community.
April 7, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
In preparation for his review of “Strangers in a Strange Land,” Deacon Rick Bauer conducted an e-mail interview with Archbishop Chaput.
April 6, 2017  |  By ED GAFFNEY
Standing up against bullies is not easy... Several anti-bullying programs call on students to move from being bystanders when bullying is occurring to becoming “upstanders” and intervening on the part of the victim. Let’s look at the problem of bullying and how to respond when we experience it or see others being victimized.

Archbishop Chaput surveys modern culture in new book

Sheep and Wolves, Serpents and Doves
April 6, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
COLORADO SPRINGS. Recently, several prominent Catholic commentators have written books warning people that the cultural assumptions that once guided our lives in America are losing their validity, while at the same time offering advice for living in a world of less religious identity and greater moral confusion. These books include Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” and Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.”
March 17, 2017  |  
I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality.
March 17, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Early Spring MaintenanceDuring this blessed month of March, we participate in our traditional Lenten rituals. We keep our Lenten promises and contemplate good and evil. We ask ourselves, how can we be better neighbors, help others and help ourselves to grow closer to God? Is it a coincidence that, when Easter finally arrives, there is new growth, budding branches, green grass and new plant life emerging from the earth?
"Rebuild my Church.” That was the call and will of God as St. Francis first “heard” those three powerful words. He would hear that request more than once, as he prayed in a worse-for-wear battered old chapel with all but a holy Icon remaining on the wall. So Francis took to repairing the chapel, and did so with great care and prayer.
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