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June 2, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, journeys by sea, etc., it makes for stimulating reading indeed. But I love it especially because it shows us the excitement of being a follower of Jesus. Long before there were parishes and dioceses and the Vatican and other institutional structures, there was this band of brothers and sisters who were so overwhelmed and energized by the fact of the resurrection that they went careening around the world and to their deaths with the message of Jesus.
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May 18, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: HibiscusThis heavenly plant originated in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Its beauty makes it is easy to understand why it’s Hawaii’s state flower. There are thousands of combinations of colors, and some flowers measure from 2” to a whopping 12” in diameter. The hibiscus is a member of the mallow family, which encompasses nearly 300 species including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: ‘Be Still, and Know that I am God’

Rediscovering the beauty of silence in the ‘dictatorship of noise’
May 18, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Our world, our lives, our families, our culture, and even our churches are drowning in a world of noise and distraction. Not simply the multiplication of words and media sources, our bigger loss is the presence of the grace of silence in our lives. Silence is too often a lost aspect of our spirituality, whose rediscovery can profoundly transform us.
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May 18, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the Los Angeles area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came across an article by a woman named Sarah Menkedick entitled “Unfiltered:  How Motherhood Interrupted My Relationship with Social Media.” The piece was not only wittily and engagingly written; it also spoke to some pretty profound truths about our cultural situation today and the generation that has come of age under the influence of the Internet.
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May 4, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few.
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